The Iranians barely show any interest in the sham elections of the mullahs’ regime. The current campaign triggers more than ever opposition and people’s boycott. Only those who have sworn to be loyal to the regime could get involved in the campaign. These elections are therefore illegal. The outcome: to choose among four former Generals of the guards of the revolution and four mullahs with or without turban. The presence of Rafsanjani among the candidates reveals the failure of the regime. No one has ignored that for a quarter of a century he was one of the main responsible ones for the crimes committed by the regime.
It is astonishing to see that in the West it is believed that these elections will lead to pragmatism, democracy and human rights. Actually, whatever the outcome might be, it would be a weak regime and retracted. The abyss between the Iranians and theocracy increasingly expands. The worsening of systematic and arbitrary repression, massacre of political prisoners and discrimination of women set up in the State doctrine have increased such abyss. The country is rich but the people are poor. The existence of four major insurrectional groups since the beginning of the Iran’s year shows that the Iranians want to change the regime.
There is a gap between that regime and the rich Iranian culture. Today, it has continued supporting terrorism and tried to be equipped with a nuclear weapon. The need for a change in Iran is therefore today more urgent than ever before. In order for this change to take place, two choices have been only considered: foreign war or complacency. The later is the option of the European Union and its only result would enable the mullahs to save time. If there were any way to have a discussion with the regime, the opposition would have been such option. We tried to do it back in 1979. After two years of assassinations, it was obvious that discussion was not possible. Since then, the multiple appeals of the resistance to hold free elections under the auspices of the UN have found repression as the only possible answer.
The mullahs do everything they can to prevent any change from precipitating their fall. Unfortunately, as we were able to confirm two years ago in France, in the arrangement between the West and the regime, the form of payment is human rights and the rights of the Iranians to resist and be free. That is why our movement was identified as a terrorist group even though there were evidences that such accusation was groundless.
In December 2004, I emphasized at the European Parliament that we were not obliged to choose between competition and war. Iran’s democratic change conducted by the Iranians and its resistance is at hand. We do not request weapons nor money of the West, but a neutral position between the resistance and the people on the one hand, and dictatorship in power on the other. We request the West not to place any obstacle to the actions of the resistance and stop terming as terrorist the main opposition movement.

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Une nouvelle politique pour l’Iran”, par Maryam Radjavi, Le Figaro, June 15, 2005.