February 11, 2019
The Warsaw Summit will in Poland next week focused on peace in the Middle East, which many are seeing as the perfect opportunity to address Iran’s malign behaviour and support the Iranian people in their quest to overthrow the dictatorship and bring about a free and democratic Iran.
In fact, US Secretary of State previously stated that the Warsaw conference will address the need to confront Iran’s regional influence and hopefully put pressure on Iran to act like a “normal” country.
However, what he has notably not said that it is virtually impossible for the Iranian Regime to behave normally because the very foundation of the Regime is based on opposition to the West and no one is allowed to take any sort of political power in Iran if they oppose the ideology of the Supreme Leader.
Of course, the US likely knows this, which is why Donald Trump and many of his foreign policy advisers have hinted at the goal of regime change.
But the West is concerned that advocating for regime change, which is the true wish of the Iranian people, will lead to a nasty military entanglement, like in the case of Iraq. This is unwarranted though, as Iranian Resistance leader Maryam Rajavi has long said that the West can help ensure a free and democratic Iran through a combination of political advocacy, economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure; much of which are being applied in some form by many Western countries already.
The Iranian Resistance believes change should be brought by and for the Iranian people; a message that has only grown stronger over the course of the past year as domestic anti-regime protests rocked the country.
The Regime cracked down violently on these protests, but the US called international attention to them, even referencing the Iranian people as the “longest-suffering victims” of the Iranian Regime during a speech at the UN. This was a good first step, but the US needs to go further. It needs to build a consensus on Iran policy into order to usher along regime change by the people of Iran.
Pompeo wants to use the Warsaw conference to build a coalition of opposition to Iranian efforts and many US allies seem like they will come on board. Even Europe may come around, considering the Iranian-backed terror threats they’ve seen on their shores in the past year and Iran’s continued testing of a ballistic missile in spite of a UN Security Council resolution.
Professor Ivan Sascha Sheehan, the executive director of the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore, wrote: “To chart a truly new course for Iran policy, the United States will have to persuade its allies to line up behind a new vision for Iran, specifically the vision of a free, democratic and modern society that rejects dictatorship.”