The nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5 + 1 countries was still very controversial when it was signed in 2015. However, despite the controversy, Obama called the deal a great victory, and it led to a significant increase in trade relations, especially between European companies and Iran.
In 2017, Hassan Rouhani stood for the presidency in Iran and was re-elected for a second term due to the rigging of the elections. He was the first Iranian president to have a direct telephone conversation with a US president. He also met with the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, the first time this had happened since the anti-monarchist revolution in Iran.
Rouhani entered the political arena with the slogans of “hope” and “moderation,” and made many promises, including relating to press freedom and censorship and eradicating poverty and unemployment.
By 2018, Rouhani’s empty gestures and reformist claims had turned out to be so ridiculous that the picture used in the election, of him holding the key to solve problems, is now known as Hassan the key holder.
Transformation and change from within the regime is the miracle that for many years Western countries have been hoping for. Over the years, they have opted for macroeconomic deals with Iran even though the main demand of the Iranian people was the complete change of the regime.
Rapid Changes In Iran
But in the last year, rapid developments are bringing events to a turning point where the Iranian regime can no longer get away with its harsh negotiations and hollow claims.
With the United States withdrawal from the nuclear agreement, the pace of change in the international and regional arenas and within Iran itself has accelerated so much that many now see a change coming in Iran!
Why do some parties claim to be so worried about the changes in Iran and continually warn about a regional war? In the past seven years, the bloody warfare in Syria, in which the Iranian regime and its Revolutionary Guards were the main actors, was a very good test for the international community, especially the United States. This brought the USA to stand up and make a decisive policy against this brutalization and the use of chemical weapons, and to speak of evicting the Iranian Revolutionary Guards from the Middle Eastern countries.
But, sadly, what we have been witnessing has been just the opposite. Syria was the best chance for Europe and the United States to put aside their appeasement policy and habitual granting of concessions to the Iranian regime and instead to negotiate firmly with the Mullahs and eject the Revolutionary Guards from the Middle East. Regrettably, the continuing chemical attacks and the massacre and displacement of the Syrian people are shameful acts happening in this 21st century and will be recorded as such in the history of the international community.
Mullahs Fear The Iranian People
On the other hand, the inflammatory and explosive state of the Iranian society is now the main and most important factor in the developments of this region, a fact to which all the leaders in the Iranian regime admit and confess.
An Iranian official Nategh nouri recently said: “The Challenge that we face is not the JCPO, rather it’s the threat of regime change.”
Every day in Iran, various sections of the society go on the streets to protest against the regime. Over the past few weeks, more than 18 protests have been reported on a daily basis. The latest example was the protest movement leading to clashes in Kazeroon, where the repressive forces fired directly into the crowds and killed a number of people.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said during a speech: “The first step in solving the Syrian problem is evicting the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from that country. This is the only solution to end the conflict and crisis in the region and prevent the outbreak of a larger war.”
“The only way to get rid of the nuclear threat and terrorism of this regime is to get rid and overthrow the entire regime. Peace, democracy, security, and stability in the region, can only be brought by ending the dictatorship and religious fascism in Iran.”
The mullahs’ religious fascism in Iran is fleeting, devoid of any future.
US Sanctions Take Hold
The wave of sanctions and the bankrupt economy has dropped the regime into the abyss and now Trump has told firms worldwide that they have three to six months to cut ties with Iran or face sanctions, too. Oil exports, which rose as a result of the deal, are already falling.
The International Community
While all these pressures are undoubtedly causing damage to the regime, it is the people of Iran and the Iranian resistance who will make the final statement about their country’s future. The change will be made in Iran by the Iranian people, and Western countries and the international community should be asking themselves whose side they will be standing on in this important development of history.