MEK: Iran Sponsoring Terrorism
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that hundreds of Iranians marched in Tehran this week to protest a severe water scarcity that has devastated agriculture in the southwest. However, amid the local chants, another one emerged: “No to Gaza, no to Lebanon; I sacrifice my life for Iran!”
The slogan represents a critical grievance
The slogan represents a critical grievance that runs through the Iranian people like a heartbeat: the regime has not only stripped them of essential liberties but has also sold them out to fight someone else’s wars.
Iran was transformed into a radical theocracy in 1979 by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s Islamic Revolution, which continues to abuse Iranian citizens, notably women and religious minorities.
Sponsored the terrorist organization Hezbollah
The emerging dictatorship then set its sights on a dubious mission that had little to do with its own people, just three years after the revolution: it founded, trained, and sponsored the terrorist organization Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.
It did so despite the fact that there were already urgent domestic concerns; Khomeini had declared the US to be Iran’s adversary, meaning that trade, tourism, and other clear benefits of friendly relations with the US vanished suddenly.
During the Iran-Iraq War, forces launched land and aerial attacks, resulting in one million Iranian and Iraqi casualties. Throughout the 1908s, essentials like rice and sugar were rationed, and ration queues formed before morning in major cities. Chemical weapons and bombs were dropped on Tehran and Baghdad.
While Tehran burned, Hezbollah is shown to be unstoppable in Lebanon. “Hezbollah serves as the most successful, and the deadliest, export of the 1979 Iranian revolution.” noted former American ambassador to Beirut Jeffrey Feltman in a Brookings op-ed in 2019.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad
With Hezbollah, the regime could have come to an end. Hezbollah, after all, made sense: its soldiers were Shi’ite Khomeini followers who were sworn adversaries of Israel, the regime’s ultimate foe. Instead, the mullahs had focused their attention (and billions of funds) on two Sunni terrorist groups: Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
Hamas, an Egyptian offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, soon drafted a charter calling for open genocide against “the warmongering Jews” in Israel. Hamas officials visited two conferences on Palestine in Iran in the early 1990s, deepening their connections with the regime.
Mullahs regime favors foreign terrorist organizations
Iranians are still furious 42 years after the revolution because the leadership favors foreign terrorist organizations over their own people. That is why Iranians continue to protest the regime’s foreign policy toward Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
“Death to the dictator!” (Khamenei)
“No to Gaza, no to Lebanon; I sacrifice my life for Iran!” has been chanted by demonstrators since at least 2017. This slogan, which is nearly always accompanied by “Death to the dictator!” (Khamenei), marks a significant and strong turn in the trajectory of anti-government rallies in Iran.
Instead of addressing the multiple crises affecting Iran, the regime has chosen to silence the protestors, as it has done in the past; since July 15, when protests first started in Khuzestan, security forces have killed up to 12 individuals, including bystanders, and imprisoned over 100 others.