FoxNews on July 4, 2014, published an article by Eric Shawn reporting that the leader of the Iranian opposition likens its goal to overthrow the regime in Tehran to the war for American independence from Britain…Excerpts below:
“I am confident that the Iranian resistance, which seeks the proven values of advanced societies, will reach its goal of a free, prosperous, democratic, just and non-nuclear Iran,” declared Maryam Rajavi, the head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, in an exclusive Fox News interview.
“The experience is out there, including in the history of the United States, such as George Washington and the people of America who decided to stand up to colonialism to gain independence”, she says
“These are all historical experiences and I am, therefore, confident. My experience and that of the Iranian people tell us that when a people, a nation, decides to fight and pay the price for the rights it deserves, such as democracy, freedom and equality, when it decides to fight for these and pay the price, for values which shine in history of all human societies and in the progress of human society, it will certainly achieve it.”
Rajavi, based outside of Paris, is the leader of the largest Iranian resistance group that opposes the current Tehran regime. She is calling for regime change, free, democratic elections, and a non-nuclear Iran. The group held a massive hours-long rally in the beginning of July, in which a variety of speakers, including many prominent former U.S. government officials, also called for a democratic Iran and tougher restrictions on Tehran in advance of the looming July 20 nuclear agreement deadline.
It was Rajavi’s group that first exposed the extent of Tehran’s clandestine nuclear program back in 2002.
The Iranian government has branded the Council as a” terrorist group,” a “cult,” and has claimed that its allegations regarding its nuclear program have been fabricated.
In her Fox News interview, Rajavi rejected the Iranian government’s criticism of her group, calling it “ludicrous.”
“My call to the Iranian people has always been not to surrender to the religious dictatorship,” she declares.
“We have an expression in Farsi that says, ‘a viper never gives birth to a dove.’ No moderate will emerge from the mullahs and the clerical dictatorship. The Iranian resistance has said this repeatedly over the past 25 years, and it has been proven correct every time.”
Eric Shawn is a New York-based anchor and senior correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC).