The Iranian people are reaching the breaking point. After 40 years under the fundamentalist regime, these people are struggling to hold onto their culture, and even to feed their families. The repressive measures from the mullahs seem incredibly hypocritical in light of the recent revelations of the high level of corruption by the regime.
For instance, Iran’s Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri expressed regret on Wednesday that blinding band amputations are not being used more frequently to punish criminals. He claims the reduction is due to fears of international condemnation, particularly from human rights agencies.
“Based on Quran, God, the passionate and merciful has categorically ruled that the hands of a man or woman if proved guilty of theft, should be amputated…Unfortunately, so as not be condemned on human rights issues in the United Nations, we have abandoned some of the divine laws,” said Montazeri.
Later, he did admit that increasing economic pressures, including 80% of Iranians living below the poverty line that includes an alarming number of children, could force the God-fearing into breaking the laws against theft. Violent punishments are also on the books for sex outside of marriage, sodomy, drinking alcohol, and abandoning the Muslim faith.
Corruption Leads to Protests
While the mullahs are directing funds to their military endeavors throughout the Middle East, the Iranian people live with increasing inflation, unpaid wages, and the devaluing of the rial. Many Iranians who are employed find that it is increasingly unstable. The youth who are graduating from college have one of the highest unemployment rates.
The increasing number of protests have led the mullahs to take drastic actions to attempt to suppress the resistance. In fact, the regime continues to try to project strength, despite all the evidence to the contrary.
Last year, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei claimed that America was weaker than it was 40 years ago, attempting to infuse a false hope into his demoralized Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). After all, the troops do not financially benefit from the regime, but their leaders do. In fact, the IRGC is a large part of the economy, feeding money back to its leaders from a variety of businesses. The Iranian resistance, particularly the MEK/PMOI, continue to call for the IRGC as a whole to be put on the terrorist list, particularly of the U.S. and Europe, because it would cut off their funds dramatically versus the current piecemeal listings that are in place.
“In such circumstances, the best end game is an end to the malicious dictatorship that has consistently meddled in the region and suppressed its own citizenry. A viable, organized opposition presents the best mechanism to turn things around, to the benefit of global peace and security, an end to the human rights abuses, and a non-nuclear Iran,” said Mohammad Mohaddessin, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a coalition of resistance groups that includes the MEK/PMOI.
Cries of Protesters Need to Be Acknowledged
The international community needs to provide support to the Iranian people, particularly those who are risking physical and mental abuse to stand up to the mullahs and call for change.
NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi noted that the regime is increasingly isolated in the international community as the policy of appeasement has shifted, particularly due to the lead of the Trump administration.
“The mullahs have no solution to offer for the country’s economic bankruptcy. They have no solution for the environmental disasters and for the protesters. They are particularly bewildered in the face of the upcoming uprisings. Just recently, the mullahs’ supreme leader warned that the enemies are planning for next year,” said Rajavi at a speech on January 17. She noted that the uptick in Iranian terrorism is a response to the increasing strength of protests and the growing support of the Iranian resistance.
“We have always urged western governments to be firm against the mullahs’ terrorist dictatorship. So, today, we urge them to expel the mercenaries of the mullahs’ intelligence services and the terrorist Qods Force from the U.S. and Europe,” said Rajavi.
The Iranian resistance continues to call for support of human rights in Iran and to hold the regime accountable for its human rights abuses and crimes against humanity. The regime has executed 120,000 people in its 40 years of ruling, with 30,000 of those being executed during the summer of 1988.
No matter where you look, the regime has continued to bring nothing but destruction and war, from its terrorist and meddling in the region to its international terrorist efforts against the resistance. The answer to end the malignant actions of the regime is to support the Iranian resistance, and the ongoing protests and uprisings of the Iranian people.