MEK Iran: Iranian Regime’s Increasing Isolation
As time goes on, the Iranian regime is finding itself more and more isolated from the rest of the region and from the rest of the world. No matter what the Iranian regime does, it cannot seem to move forward without coming up against another obstacle.
Infighting between the factions is becoming increasingly difficult to keep out of the public eye, leading to further unrest in the already unstable country. For example, the regime’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, was interviewed by the Der Spiegel publication recently and the backlash he faced from fellow officials was surprising. Other officials did not even try to hide their discontent with the Foreign Minister, describing him as “shameless” and a “disgrace” to the country.
One crisis after the other is taking the regime further and further into a black hole that it cannot get out of.
First of all, the European signatories of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – France, the United Kingdom, and Germany – have triggered the dispute mechanism faced with Iran’s continued breaches. In a bid to get the Europeans to give up, the regime issued threats – almost saying that it would develop a nuclear bomb by making reference to North Korea’s withdrawal from the NPT.
Another major crisis is the sanctions against the regime that are being tightly enforced. The United States issued sanctions on the country’s steel, mining and petrochemical industries and it has been having a major impact on the country’s economy. The US Treasury Department has sanctioned mines and metals exports and earlier this month it announced that four foreign companies were being blacklisted for violating other sanctions.
The uprising of the Iraqi people against the Iranian regime’s meddling in Iraq has also shaken the regime. Iraq has massive strategic importance to Iran and the regime has piled resources into the country for years with the hope of expanding its influence and taking control. However, the people of Iraq are utterly fed up with the regime’s interference in Iraqi political affairs. Despite the Iranian regime’s attempts to silence and suppress the people of Iraq, mainly with threats and extreme violence, the people are determined to rid their country of the nefarious mullahs.
However, the biggest crisis and the one that poses the biggest threat to the Iranian regime’s survival is one that is found at home – the people, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK Iran), and their calls for regime change. The November 2019 uprising was probably the most significant of recent times. The regime was taken by surprise and responded with great brutality. This was followed by the January 2020 uprising that reinforced the people’s determination. The people’s fight for freedom is finally being recognized by the international community. The political climate in Iran is being noticed by the international community, especially after incidents like the downing of the Ukrainian passenger place in which all 174 crew and passengers on board died.
After turning a blind eye to the regime’s atrocities for far too long, the international community is coming to the realization that action must be taken against this regime.