Past time for the Int’l community to recognize the Iranian people’s right to self-defense
On October 22, the state-run Etemad daily quoted Fayaz Zahed, a so-called “reformist” activist, as saying, “Our time is up… Inviting people to peaceful negotiations, dialogue, or attempting to reason with them is difficult, if not impossible.” Why would Zahed make such an admission when other regime officials are constantly boasting about their stability? Protests are taking place across Iran. The tragic death of a young woman in police custody sparked a nationwide uprising, and we now appear to be witnessing the beginnings of a revolution.
Regime officials and experts, such as Zahed, are more aware of the danger than anyone else. They face a volatile society that threatens everything that the regime has worked to preserve for decades.
“You can’t believe how much pledges to calmness, dialogue, reform, negotiation, logic, etc. have become tough (these days); not tough, rather it is over… This is the greatest threat to the country’s psychological and political stability,” Zahed said, referring to the ruling theocracy.
Zahed and his peers wouldn’t be in high positions in a government that uses resources for terrorism and uses violence against its own citizens if they had even the slightest concern for Iran’s stability. Zahed, who worked as an advisor to so-called “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani, did not change his mind overnight. However, when there is nothing left to steal, thieves start fighting.
“But I have no answer if you ask me for a solution. I can’t explain it to my daughters, let alone students or the general public. Suppose I’d answer it fairly about who is responsible for this situation. In that case, I’d say that the share of the Islamic Republic of Iran is undoubtedly more than the rest,” Zahed said, rejecting officials’ “national dialogue” rhetoric.
The so-called “reformist” faction has long been rejected by Iranian society. The faction was founded in 1997 with the primary goal of duping Iranians and the international community into believing in the mirage of “moderation.” Iranians quickly dispelled the reformist myth as they witnessed the regime’s brutality with bone and flesh. Several uprisings, including the 1998 student movement, attest to this. In other words, this movement was always devoid of solutions to Iran’s domestic crises; it was created to assist the ruling regime and to remove the alternative of “regime change” from the table.
It is worth noting that the Iranian Resistance has long vehemently rejected the false notion of the clerical regime’s moderation, conveying this message to Iranian society and advocating for it on the international stage. Mr. Massoud Rajavi, the Iranian Resistance Leader, famously said on May 24, 1997, one day after Mohammad Khatami took office, “A viper never gives birth to a dove.”
While the Iranian people and even the government have declared the “end of reformism,” Western officials continue to pursue the mirage of moderation. Western democracies are acting inappropriately by insisting on reviving the deeply flawed Iran nuclear deal and calling for dialogue. Whether they expect the uprising to be put down again or prefer to preserve strategic interests in the status quo, the Iranian people will eventually prove them wrong, as they did in 1979.
Beyond expressing solidarity with Iranians, the international community should do more. It must recognize the Iranian people’s right to self-defense and future self-determination.