Iranian Regime Regional Threats and Strategic Responses
by Walid Phares (Author)
A thorough and factual analysis of the most recent developments in Iraq in the context of the broader crisis in the Middle East. The author, relying on his in-depth understanding of the region identifies Iran under the Ayatollahs as the most serious threat for the region.
The ongoing crises in the Middle East, from Iraq to Gaza, and the destabilization of the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula and parts of North Africa are in large part created by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Tehran has meddled in its neighbor's affairs through the backing of terror networks. It has also seized a number of significant opportunities over the past five years to expand its military influence in the region, destabilize moderate Arab states, intervene in Syria, arm and train Hezbollah in Lebanon, threaten Bahrain, and back the Hawthi insurgents in northern Yemen. Tehran's most destructive role can be most clearly distinguished in Iraq.
In the name of God,
In the name of Iran and the Iranian people
In the name of freedom, in the name of Resistance and the liberation army
In the name of the martyrs and political prisoners, prisoners of conscience and perseverance
Joseph Lieberman Former Member of the US Senate, Democratic Party nominee for Vice President in 2000 election
Thank you very much. Thank you for that wonderful, warm welcome. I am honored to join you today in a great cause, which is the cause of freedom and human rights and independence for the people of Iran. I am honored to stand at this podium after President-Elect Rajavi. But it’s not so easy to follow such a great speech. It was brilliant, it was honorable. It was visionary. Madame Rajavi did what a great leader does: she set out a path to victory and gave us all a reasonable hope that we will succeed in liberating the people of Iran. I am honored to be here, and may I say as we used to say in the United States Senate on a point of personal privilege I am honored to be here with my wife Hadassah Esther Lieberman. I was going to say she’s the one over there in the yellow jacket. She had the wisdom to wear a yellow jacket today.
John McCain U.S. Senator
I’m honored to have been invited to the 2014 International Convention for Democracy, and I send my deep regrets that I’m unable to attend. This is an important time to be discussing the prospects for democracy and the protection of fundamental human rights in Iran. We can’t allow the negotiations over a nuclear agreement overshadow the human rights situation in Iran that grows worse and worse each day.
Newt Gingrich Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives and the Presidential candidate for 2012 election
Let me first thank all of you for being here. When the dictatorship finally collapses, when the people of Iran are finally free, your work, your commitment, and your voice will have been a serious part of why that happened. As an American, I’m here to tell you how much we need your voice. For 35 years we have followed a failed strategy of appeasement. We’ve tried to appease a religious dictatorship which has said again and again that its goal is to defeat us. We focus now temporarily on a nuclear weapon issue, but there’s a deeper fundamental issue. We will never be safe until the dictatorship is replaced and a free government exists in Iran.
Rudy Giuliani Former Mayor of New York City
Thank you. This is quite an impressive gathering. From standing here it seems to be an endless number of people. And I think we’re all here and we realize what a critical time this is for all of us, a critical time with a civil war in Iraq, almost 3,000 of your people, our people, stranded there at risk of their lives, some of whom have already lost their lives, and only stranded there because of the broken promises of the United States and the United Nations. That’s a shame. That’s a tragedy. That shouldn’t happen. Similar catastrophe going on in Syria, and we are on the verge of Iran achieving what it’s always wanted to achieve, becoming a nuclear power. So we couldn’t be here at a more important time.
Sali Berisha Albanian Prime Ministet from 2005 to 2013, and former President of Albania
First of all, allow me to salute Madame Rajavi, the president, to salute all of you. People of the opposition resistance of Iran. The stoutest, the strongest, the oldest opposition of our time fighting for freedom and dignity of its nation. I came here to express my deep admiration for your struggle, for your extraordinary efforts, for your fight for the dignity of persons of your great nation.
George Casey Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 2007 to 2011 and served as the Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq from 2004 to 2007
Good evening. I’m General George Casey and as you heard earlier, I was the U.S. Commander in Iraq from 2004 to 2007. And so I have some first-hand experience dealing with the forces of the Iranian regime. And I’ve been asked to share those experiences with you tonight because as I’ve been reading the press back in the United States, I hear people starting to say that because the situation in Iraq has gotten so bad that we might have common interests with the regime in Iran. I am here to tell you from my personal experience, that is not the case today and it certainly was not the case when I was in Iraq from 2004 to 2007.
Howard Dean Former Governor of Vermont and Chairman of the Democratic National committee from 2005 to 2009
So most of you know that I ran the democratic party and the democratic national convention in 2008. There are more people in this hall than there were at the democratic national convention in 2004 and the republican national convention in 2004. So all those state department people say, when they’re busy trying to keep America from keeping its promises, they say, “Oh, the MEK doesn’t have any support.” Oh, yeah? Come on over here State Department and see about all this support.
Bill Richardson Governor of New Mexico from 2003 to 2011, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and the Energy Secretary under Clinton Administration
Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. I have two questions for you. One of them requires a yes and the other one requires a no. So it’s going to be very easy. My first question: Has there been any change since Rouhani came to office? [No!] The second question: Is there hope for change for Iran? [Yay!]
Thank you, thank you. Mrs. Rajavi, honored guests, and supporters of Liberty and conscience here, who are therefore supporters of MEK. Ladies and gentlemen, this rally has many audiences around the world. The audience in this hall of course, the residents of Camp Liberty of course, the people of Iran who I hope will see this rally broadcast. But for me and I think several other Americans here, I think for us the main audience is our own government.
Alan Dershowitz American lawyer and jurist, prominent scholar on US Constitutional and Criminal law
We live in dangerous times. We live in times that tests the very values and souls of all of us. We are being asked basic questions today: do we support human rights or do we support regimes that violate human rights with impunity and too often with immunity? And the answer to those questions are very disturbing. As someone who has taught and practiced human rights for half a century, I can represent to you here today that the worst human rights offender in the world today is the regime in Iran.
To all those who believe that the people of Iran have been silenced, let them have a look at what is happening here. Show to the world this gathering of worldwide leaders and free Iranians living freely in Europe, defying with their presence the deadly craziness of the mullah. In spite of more than a hundred thousand of executions, women, kids, men killed because they dared to say no, no to the whip, no to the gallows, no to the prohibition of happiness, of music, of joy, here is the free people of Iran responding to the call, standing up to confront the murderers of Tehran.