By John Gizzi (NEWSMAX)
If the opponents keep up their fight against the theocratic regime in Iran and the U.S. stands by them, their American supporters say, Iran will be “free, secular, and non-nuclear” by this time next year.
That was the message Thursday morning at a Washington, D.C., conference of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, best known as MEK, the leading opposition group to the Tehran government headed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Among those participating in the conference were such seasoned opponents of the regime as former Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who was the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee; former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, who also served as former President Donald Trump’s national security adviser; and retired Gen. Jim Jones, a onetime Marine Corps commandant and national security adviser to former President Barack Obama.
All three cited the death last year of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini following her arrest by the regime’s Morality Police and the resulting protests led by women as signs that the 43-year-old theocracy was crumbling.
“This time, we’re going to be increasingly closer to success,” said Bolton in regard to the regime’s demise.
Every Iranian soldier and policeman, he said, “has a mother, sister, wife, and daughter.” Because they are so enraged at the regime’s brass-knuckled treatment of female protesters, according to Bolton, “Iran now has a subversive force we only dreamed of in the past.”
At this time, Bolton said, “we’re very close to winning.”
Noting that the insurgents and their supporters in the U.S. were meeting on the Persian New Year, Lieberman spoke of a free Iran with human rights, the rule of law, and economic opportunity “when we return next year.”
The former senator also called for an end to the Biden administration’s efforts to resuscitate the Iran nuclear agreement canceled by Trump and to restore tougher sanctions that were removed under Biden. Lieberman specifically called for sanctions on all Iranian vessels transporting nuclear components to China.
Where $6 billion in Chinese imports were transported under the Trump sanctions, he said, that number was upped to $24 billion since the sanctions were lifted under Biden.
The MEK has drafted a constitution for a democratic Iran which, Jones said, is “based on Jeffersonian principles” because “the Iranian people gravitate to the American people.”
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.