Trump must start helping Iran’s minorities achieve regime change
After all, even if the ayatollahs are pushed into a corner, without a regime change their reign of terror will continue. And the best way to promote regime change is to empower Iran’s minorities to topple the Islamist government themselves.
According to Foreign Policy magazine, non-Persian ethnic minorities comprise 40 to 50 percent of Iran’s population. This doesn’t even include Iran’s religious minorities, whether Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian, Bahai, Sunni Muslim, etc. Each and every one of these minority groups has its own unique grievances against the Iranian regime and would gladly assist President Trump in any effort to implement a pro-democratic regime change.
Iran’s minorities have suffered much and are in desperate need of Trump’s assistance. For example, according to the Alliance for Rights of All Minorities in Iran (ARAM), Molawi Nasser Riggi Bahador Zehi, a Sunni Baloch cleric, was arrested by the Iranian regime after he collected signatures for a petition in support of over 40 Baloch girls who were raped in Iranshahr. The rapists are associated with the Iranian regime, which has impeded the investigation. Furthermore, six Ahwazi Arabs were recently arrested at a soccer match in Iran merely for chanting slogans about the Iranian regime’s oppression. Iranian Security forces raided the home of Evangelical Christian priest Yousef Nadarkhani, beating him and his children. He was then sentenced to imprisonment and exile. Other minority groups in Iran face similar repression and note the important role the U.S. must play in encouraging regime change.
Iranian Kurdish dissident Kajal Mohammadi welcomed Trump’s pulling out of the Iran deal, noting that the sanction relief had done nothing to help the Iranian people and the money the regime received was used to sponsor proxy wars and support terror across the globe. She expressed hope that the U.S. would step up its actions against the Iranian regime: “The Kurds believe that their voices and cries for freedom, democracy and the right to peaceful life should be heard by the international community and any future deal should take into account the fact that the people of the country are fed up with this regime and want change.”
Syrian Kurdish dissident Sherkoh Abbas agreed that pulling out of the nuclear deal is not sufficient, noting that Iran is now more emboldened today compared to several years ago because they have crushed several rebellions, succeeded in Syria and made a claim there, were successful in Iraq and stalled GCC activities in Yemen. Due to this reality, Abbas believes the West must make Iran implode from within by working with the Kurds, Baloch, Ahwazi Arabs and others within Iran, who seek regime change.
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