On Wednesday, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) appeared via videoconference before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, in a hearing titled “ISIS: Defining the Enemy” where she recommended a different approach to the issue of Islamic fundamentalism, which would include overthrowing the clerical regime in Tehran.
In her remarks, Mrs. Rajavi referred to Iranian regime as the “epicenter of fundamentalism” in the Middle East, and emphasized that the constitution of the Islamic Republic and the writing of its founder Ayatollah Khomeini specifically call for exportation of the Islamic revolution and the absolute authority of a caliphate at the center of the Muslim world.
Mrs. Rajavi told the subcommittee: “Today, Islamic fundamentalism and extremism, under the name of ISIS or Shiite paramilitary groups, have launched a vicious assault on countries in the region and beyond including America and Europe.”
She told the U.S. Congress that to confront Islamic fundamentalism, democratic and tolerant Islam should be empowered and warned that in the “absence of a firm policy vis-à-vis the regime in Tehran, there will be destructive consequences.”
In her prepared testimony, Rajavi said that the repressive Sharia law practiced by the Iranian regime “is precisely the example both Sunni and Shiite extremists are following in other countries.”
“We can and we must defeat Islamic fundamentalism, whether Shiite or Sunni,” Rajavi told the lawmakers.
Mrs. Rajavi outlined several practical steps that Western governments should take toward this end, including “recognize the Iranian people’s aspirations to overthrow the mullahs.”
She also called upon Western policymakers to show political and moral support for the NCRI and its principal constituent, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
“Owing to the pivotal role of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran as a democratic Muslim movement, the Iranian Resistance has established itself as the antithesis to Islamic fundamentalism,” She said.
She emphasized that the mullahs' regime in Iran is not part of any solution to current crises in the Middle East, but is indeed the heart of the problem.
“The people of Iran, indeed, call the mullahs’ regime as Godfather of ISIS and other fundamentalist groups. The ultimate solution to this problem is regime change by the Iranian people and Resistance,” Mrs. Rajavi said.
Prior to her testimony, Twenty-one former senior U.S. Government officials and Ret. military leaders welcomed the Congressional invitation to Maryam Rajavi. “As a Muslim woman advocating a tolerant and democratic interpretation of Islam, individual freedom, separation of religion and state, gender equality, and rejecting the implementation of Sharia law, Mrs. Rajavi represent the opposite of the misogynous Iranian regime’s rulers and all Islamic fundamentalists and extremists," they wrote in a press release.
“Mrs. Rajavi’s personal experience in leading a popular movement against the religious dictatorship ruling Iran makes her the right person to give testimony on this important issue,” the former senior officials added.
Rajavi outlined the followings as necessary practical steps to defeat Islamic fundamentalism and resolve the current crises in the region:
1) Expel the Qods Force from Iraq and end the Iranian regime's influence in that country;
2) Enable full participation of Sunnis in power sharing and arm Sunni tribes to provide security for their communities;
3) Assist Syria’s moderate opposition and people to end Assad's regime and establish democracy in that country;
4) Recognize the Iranian people's aspirations to overthrow the mullahs and end inaction vis-à-vis the gross human rights violations in Iran.
5) Provide protection for, and uphold the rights of members of Iran’s organized opposition, the MEK, residing in Camp Liberty in Iraq.
6) Empower the true, democratic and tolerant Islam to counter fundamentalist interpretations of this religion; and
7) Block all pathways for the Iranian regime to acquire nuclear weapons.