“Policy Options on Iran – A Viable Alternative in Ashraf-3”
A conference discussing developments in Iran and the existence of a viable alternative to the mullahs’ regime in Iran was held in Ashraf 3 in Tirana, Albania, home to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
Renowned dignitaries from the United States and Canada provided their views on the Iranian opposition, under the leadership of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
Ambassador Robert Joseph, former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control, said: “The only solution to the nuclear threat of Iran is regime change. That remains true today. But this is truly about the fate and future of Iranian people. This is about values, freedom, promoting democracy… The NCRI and MEK provide a viable alternative to this regime… The first and foremost victims of this regime are the people of Iran.”
Former Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird affirmed: “We can exploit the regime’s vulnerability to support the people of Iran. The regime realizes that when it falls, they will have no place to go. The senior members of this regime know that they will have nowhere to go and they will be held to account for their crimes such as the 1988 massacre and the bombing of the Jewish center in Argentina.”
Gen. James Conway, former Commandant of the U.S. Marines Corps said: “The objective of authoritarian regimes is survival of their regime. The Iranian regime also wants to be the first power in the region. How do we counter that?”
“We have been countering their expansion of the ‘Shiite Crescent’ in Syria. We should continue to do that. The second thing we should do is ratchet up the sanctions. What the sanctions have to identify to the people on the fence is that your regime is seen as a pariah. It’s leading you nowhere. If the sanctions are necessary to convey that message to the middle-tier of the society, we should ratchet it up,” Gen. Conway stressed.
Senator Robert Torricelli affirmed: “We have to keep reminding members of Congress and parliaments across Europe that if you believe in equality of people, why don’t you believe that the people of Iran have the right to an equal government?”
“There is an alternative. You can pull away from the mullahs and take a stand to topple. Because there are Iranians who will rise with the MEK,” the former senator continued.
“We had an opportunity a few years ago when the sanctions were working. There are strong indicators that the protests in Iran are becoming political,” said former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.
“ When people find out what MEK really stands for, it all starts to make sense. We’ve got the same goal that is a free democratic Iran.”
“ In the past years, the regime has become more frightened and irrational. Striking the drone and what they’re doing with the tankers… maybe they want us to attack them and they hope that it would rally the people around them,” Giuliani added.