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#FreeIran: What Would a Regime Change in Iran Mean?


In the Name of Freedom

Americans love freedom. Freedom to choose: what to wear, what to eat, where to eat out, where we work and what to think. The big one we take for granted, freedom to choose who we want in elected office. We are not selfish, as we want everyone to have that same choice, as evidenced by our involvement in WW1, WW2, and recently in Iraq. After all, we liberated the people of Iraq by removing Saddam Hussein.

Dismantling the Axis of Evil

Past U.S. administrations got the execution part wrong when trying to help free other nations. Committing troops too early in Iraq and Afghanistan were mistakes, as we did not have a plan for how the indigenous population would carry on the fight. Sending in our troops makes us the common enemy and the perceived invaders/conquerors.

In 2001, President George W. Bush referred to the three rogue regimes in the world at that time as the Axis of Evil. They were Iraq, Iran and North Korea. Iraq no longer has a tyrannical despot in control. It has an elected government that is functioning well and possesses the capability and will to govern itself, even though heavily influenced by its Shia neighbor to the east, Iran. North Korea is on a forced glide path to eliminate all of its nukes. That leaves Iran as the last component of the Axis of Evil, 17 years after President Bush’s speech.

Largest State-Sponsor of Terror

So let’s look at Iran’s contributions to the world. They are currently the largest state-sponsor of terror. “According to the first comprehensive accounting, between November 2005 and December 2011, 1,526 explosive devices (supplied by Iran) killed a total of 196 U.S. troops and injured 861.”

Iran is also supporting the Houthi rebels in Yemen, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Bashir Al-Assad in Syria.

According to Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran now has Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) capable of reaching Israel, and is working on expanding their range to hit the U.S. Immediately after President Trump ended the Iran Nuclear deal, Iranian missile sites in Syria powered up, came online and were aimed South, presumably toward Israel. Israel responded. “The strike destroyed some 200 surface-to-surface missiles and killed 16 people, including 11 Iranians,” according to a New York Times report.

Iran has the largest population of Shia Muslims and is currently driven by the Mullahs to expand their sphere of influence beyond the Shia Crescent, an arc curving westward from Iran through Iraq, eastward into Syria, and south into Lebanon. Shia are opposed to Sunnis, the dominant faction in Islam.

Fork in the Road

Iran was a friend pre-1979. Then led by the Shah, Iran was even a U.S. ally. Modern-day Iran was formerly Persia, the antagonist of the 300 Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae, 480 B.C. On November 4, 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini and his minions, with the help of our own CIA, overthrew the Shah and captured the American Embassy.

This led the largest wave of Persians, as some wish to be called, to enter the U.S. and begin to assimilate. Iran held 60 Americans hostage for 444 days, releasing them just hours before Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President.

The enemy is the Mullahs that oppress the people of Iran. When given an opportunity, the people of Iran will once again attempt to overthrow the current regime. They have tried twice in recent memory.

“Death to America” is shouted in the government assemblies and pro-government rallies. Notably, this rhetoric was not heard in the latest protest by the Iranian people, as the Iranians know who really oppresses them. News coverage showed the pro-Government rallies and demonstrations, conveniently staged after several days of anti-government demonstrations.

Freeing Iran

The Iranian people are like anyone else — they crave freedom. Freedom to choose to be religious or not, to have a government that represents them, and a better way of life for their children. There is already a movement pushing for a secular Free Iran; more information on the movement can be found in the following resources. Twitter: @mojahedineng (P.M.O.I.) or @iran-policy (NCRI-FAC). On the internet: mojahedin.org or ncr-iran.org.

The United States of America does not have to be the world’s policeman, physically intervening in each country’s internal struggles. There are better ways, and in a perfect world, each country’s citizens, given the opportunity, would free themselves. We don’t live in a perfect world, but we may have an opportunity to help the people of Iran free themselves.

The next time the Iranian people start a protest, we need to be ready to help, not with troops but with what they really need. They need the help of our President, ratcheting down on sanctions and freezing out the Mullahs from any support, just like he successfully did with North Korea. Challenge: let’s show our support for President Trump and free the people of the last axis of evil, the Mullahs in Iran. #FreeIran

COL Mike FitzGerald / Writer

I am a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. Now retired after 39 years of service, I earned the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Badge in two combat tours. My expertise includes logistics, readiness and linguist operations. I see my patriotic duty to educate Americans about the truth, help “drain the swamp” and hold all politicians past, present, and future accountable.
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  1. This article is spot on Mike. Iran is longing to be free from its oppressors. Its time to help them accomplish that "Peace through Strength"

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  2. Interference in Iran did not work the first time. Though under the Shah life was better, according to our and many other standards, it led to the 1979 takeover because obviously many people wanted the mullahs also. Also, a democratic Iran is not necessarily capitalist, but could become communist or dictatorial a la Saddam Hussein, and then what with the nukes? Just some food for thought. Otherwise, excellent article as usual.

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