By Iran Probe Staff
Friday, 19 January 2018
Adam Ereli, a former ambassador and former spokesman for the US State Department, in an article which was published yesterday, January 18, at Town Hall, compared recent uprising in Iran with the 2009 uprising, and while citing their differences, hoped for a regime change.
Ambassador Ereli, referring to 1988 massacre of MEK political prisoners in Iran, emphasized on MEK's leading role in the recent uprising, He wrote: “On Tuesday, January 9, the regime's current supreme leader Ali Khamenei said in a televised speech in Qom that the MEK were responsible for ‘leading’ the current uprisings. Khamenei said that the MEK "had been ready for months ... They organized since several months ago, and met various people; to select some people inside the country, find them and help them, so they would come and call [for uprising]. ... They managed to attract some people with this slogan. And then, they could come to the scene and pursue their goals, and make the people follow them."
Ambassador Ereli calls on " Americans who recognize the Islamic Republic as the godfather of fundamentalist Islamic terrorism worldwide”, to welcome the uprising and grasp the opportunity, that their interests and the interests of the Iranian people coincide.
In the end, Ambassador Ereli askes for more than moral and verbal supports and wrote: “Considering that the protests expressed a nearly 40-year wait for democracy and self-determination, the time is now. This is not to say that the US should intervene directly in Iranian affairs, but expressions of moral support are not enough. Immediate measures are needed to help prevent the Iranian regime from suppressing the will of the people, either through violence or through suppression of the flow of information inside the country. Both of these tactics are already being employed; protestors have been shot and mobile internet has been interrupted. Inevitably, both of these tactics will worsen unless the US leads the world community in putting pressure on the regime, its repressive institutions, and any companies that might provide it with the tools to prevent Iranians from expressing their discontent”