By Staff writer, SF
When Donald Trump entered the White House in 2017, it was the catalyst for a major shift in US policy on Iran, with appeasement of the missile-launching, terrorist-supporting, human rights-abusing Regime abandoned in favour of tough economic and diplomatic sanctions.
The UN Security Council was forced to listen to the chants of the Iranian people, relayed by former US ambassador Nikki Haley, European companies were forced to end their deals with the Regime, and many countries were forced to stop importing Iranian oil altogether. Today, many Iranians believe that for the first time in at least the past 40 years, the US is aligned with the interests of the Iranian people.
But human rights activist Mehnoush Bakhtiari, the co-author of Dear God Please Bring Freedom to Iran, believes that while sanctions have restricted the Regime’s financial sources, they haven’t yet affected the Regime’s ability to create an intimidating atmosphere.
She said: “Despite imposed sanctions, the ruling regime still oppresses people.”
Bakhtiari said that the only thing that will save the Iranian people is the collapse of the ruling regime.
Now it seems as if the US sees that too, as, during a trip to the Middle East earlier this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made comments that seemed to be in favour of regime change in Iran when he was explaining that America’s top priority is holding the Regime to account and empowering the Iranian people.
Pompeo said: “Our effort is to make sure that the Iranian people get control of their capital.”
Last Thursday, following Pompeo’s comments, the US State Department ran a social media campaign to engage directly with the Iranian people, where Pompeo’s answers to questions seemed to echo the Iranian people’s legitimate demand for regime change.
The Iranian people also want, as noted in a tweet by Iranian resistance leader Maryam Rajavi, for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) and the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) to be designated as terrorist entities, for Iran’s human rights violations’ dossier to be referred to the UN Security Council, and for Iran’s resistance movement to be recognised at the catalyst for change in Iran.
Bakhtiari’s book, written with fellow activist Randy Noble, tells the stories of the victims of human rights violations in Iran, which are often ignored by mainstream media or the world at large.
The masses of political and religious prisoners in Iran suffer far more than words on a page or a screen will ever tell you, but Iranian activists featured in the book include Saeed Masouri, an Iranian political prisoner, sentenced to life in 2001 for supporting and cooperating with the opposition Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), and Vahid Sayadi Nasiri, an Iranian political activist imprisoned for his messages on social media, who died last year following a 60-day-long hunger strike.