Candice Malcolm, a contributor to Rebel TV, discussed the 9th July “Free Iran” rally in Paris in which over 100,000 supporters gathered in support of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). She called it “one of the largest political rallies in the world” - bigger than the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention combined. She points out that many people probably did not hear about it in Canada, for the simple reason that the mainstream media in Canada did not cover it.
Lord Maginnis of Drumglass, an independent member of the UK House of Lords and prominent member of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom (BPCIF), said in an article on The Diplomat website that the nuclear deal will not bring a moderate Iran.
He said that in the year since the nuclear deal was signed “a softer, gentler Iran” that was hoped for is still not a reality. Instead, the Iranian regime, he explained has increased support for the “murderous” Assad regime, Hezbollah, Shiite militias and other terrorist groups abroad.
The remarks by former Canadian FM John Baird to the “Free Iran” convention on July 9, called out the mullahs and their use of terrorism. Baird declared it the “great struggle of our generation.” According to him, terrorism is largely sponsored by the regime in Tehran, who have exported billions of dollars to spread fear and destruction throughout the world.
The Chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain’s remarks in his video message to the “Free Iran” conference in Paris last weekend were featured in the Washington Times.
McCain said, “As you boldly call for democracy and human rights in Iran, the American people stand with you in your fight against violence, oppression and terrorism in Iran. Your display of unity is an inspiration to our nation and its people, who like you, sacrificed blood and treasure in pursuit of freedom.”
Ed Rendell is the former governor of Pennsylvania and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He is also the Chairman of the host committee for the Democratic National Convention, so he was not available to attend the “Free Iran” conference held in Paris this past weekend. The message of support he sent was published in the Washington Times, July 13.
Tom Ridge, a former secretary of the U.S. Homeland Security Department and former governor and member of Congress from Pennsylvania, spoke at the “Free Iran” rally in Paris on 9th July.
He quoted the Iranian poet and patriot, Simin Behbahani, who said: “Stop this extravagance. Stop the reckless throwing of my country to the wind. Stop the screaming, the bloodshed, the mayhem. Stop doing what makes God’s creatures mourn in tears.” Behbahani wrote this in response to the Iranian regime’s brutal crackdown on the 2009 public protest. Ridge highlighted that she wrote this in retaliation for her exercise of what she believed was her civil right and her civic duty to challenge authoritarian evil. She said: “You may wish to have me burned or decide to stone me, but in your hand, match or stone will lose the power to harm me.”