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3 Ways for Iranians to Effect Peaceful Regime Change

August 12, 2018 Topic: Security Region: Middle East Blog Brand: Middle East Watch Tags: IranProtestsSanctionsWarRegime Change

3 Ways for Iranians to Effect Peaceful Regime Change

It is time for America to stand with Iranian oppositionists and build a stronger relationship with them.

Tehran has also attempted a similar bombing plot in March to target some three thousand members of these dissidents in Albania when they were celebrating Iranian new year, Nowruz.

That plot was foiled by the Albanian government when they arrested two Iranian agents tied to a planned truck bomb of the event. Therefore, the new U.S. policy on Iran declared in twelve points by Pompeo in May and further elaborated by him on July 22 must be implemented.

Third, Tehran has already rejected Trump’s offer for meeting as it knows this is the first step to Iran’s change of behavior. This is the time for Trump to stand with oppositionists and build a stronger relationship with them. Iranians need help to finish the job, which includes escalating, expanding and continuous protests that demand a free Iran.

Raymond Tanter served as a senior member on the Middle East Desk of the National Security Council staff in the Reagan-Bush administration, personal representative of the secretary of Defense to international security and arms control talks in Europe, and is now professor emeritus at the University of Michigan. Follow him on Twitter ​@ProfRTanter.

Image: A young boy stands in front of Iran's national flag with his ink stained face and finger, symbolizing a voter who already has cast his vote, in a polling station during Iran's parliamentary election in southern Tehran March 2, 2012. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl