Tens of thousands of Iranian opposition exiles gathered in France last weekend for an annual rally demanding regime change in Iran and condemning President Obama's push to sign a nuclear accord with the Islamic republic.
The Case for Regime Change in Iran
The Case for Regime Change in Iran: Denying Tehran The Bomb is a Special Report prepared by The Washington Times Advocacy Department.
I'm very proud to be with you for this remarkable and inspiring display of Iranian unity against the terror and violence and extremism of the regime in Tehran and the people who are under attack in Camp Liberty.
This year we join in solidarity once again to remember the deadly rocket attacks on Camp Liberty in 2013 and to demand that the people in Camp Liberty live in safety and security. No longer the targets of terrorist acts. No longer the victims of violence. No longer left unprotected.
No issue is more important to the House Foreign Affairs Committee than preventing the ayatollah from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
The Iranian people and the American people are good friends and should be good allies. People to people, we have no quarrel with the Iranian people.
I wish our government back home could see the speech that Madame Rajavi just gave so they would understand that it's not the MEK that should have been on the terrorist list; it's the Iranian mullahs who should have been on the terrorist list.
For the past 19 years, my principal focus has been on preventing a nuclear Iran.
I have three questions. One, will there be change in Iran? [Crowd: Yes!] Number two, is there a democratic alternative opposition? [Crowd: Yes!] Number three, is the current Iranian regime reasonable and moderate? [Crowd: No!] Very good.
We have come here to convey to the world the voice and message of Iran's rightful owners, the Iranian people.
The ayatollah must go. Gone. He and Rouhani and Ahmadinejad and all the rest of them should be put on trial for crimes against humanity for the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people they have killed, and it is about time we stop ignoring it.
As a professor of criminal law for half a century, I can attest to you that the current leaders of Iran are the worst international war criminals of the 21st century.
With a very long history of serving the American people in the U.S. national interest, we stand together today to call for a new approach of our country's policy toward Iran and Iranian opposition.
Maryam Rajavi's steadfast message, to political and religious leaders around the world over a period of many years, is a 10-point plan for the future of Iran that would resolve Iran's most dangerous and destabilizing challenges.
This year, much of Europe — although not France — will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. This decisive moment in history ended the Napoleonic era and effectively ended centuries of French domination of Western European politics.
We do not have, in my judgment, a reasonable chance of persuading the ayatollahs to agree with us on any sensible approach toward nuclear weapons.
Lovers of liberty, I salute you. I see a day coming when thugs riding motorcycles will not beat up peaceful people in the streets in order to silence them in Iran.
We, the American people, the American Congress, will make sure that we have the final word on any agreement concerning a nuclear agreement with Iran.
The Iranian regime remains a threat to liberty, a threat to peace and a threat to stability in the region. Iran continues to support terrorism, to suppress all forms of free expression, violates human rights and seeks to build nuclear weapons that undermine the security of the United States and our allies in the region.
I know many of you are frustrated that 2,500 of your comrades are still in prison at Camp Liberty. We have been here many times and talked about getting them out to safety, and nothing seems to change.
Your organization (the National Council for the Resistance of Iran) is a pillar for democratic change in a time of turmoil.
The ayatollahs have never been closer to their 30-year-plus objective of getting deliverable nuclear weapons. They are clearly intent on getting an agreement with the five permanent members of the Security Council and Germany that will lock in that achievement.
Delegation of discretionary authority to administrative agencies is often attacked as unconstitutional, undemocratic and contrary to the public interest.
Retired Army Gen. Hugh Shelton, ex-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reading excerpts of the New Policy Initiative:
"I've found every time I've been able to come to Paris, to listen to the strong reports of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, to see what people around the world are doing to get to a free and peaceful Iran, I am impressed and motivated."