By Michael Pompeo
It is a blessing for me to be here with you today. This is a special meeting where we can gather to talk about an overwhelming threat to the world and freedom-loving people. It’s really an honor. Ever since I last spoke to you, Ebrahim Raisi has been officially installed as the so-called youngest president of Iran. You have rightly gathered at this conference on the subject of the request that he be held accountable for what happened in 1988. The massacre of political prisoners inside Iran. And I want each of you to know today that I join you in this cause! I first met Raisi when I was director of the CIA. He should be prosecuted; no tomorrow; not next week; not next year. He should be prosecuted now. And of course, I will talk more about that, but I support a free Iran. Blessed be you who continue to fight. As you well know, Ebrahim Raisi himself is personally responsible for the 1988 mass executions of thousands of Iranian political prisoners; the names of over 5,000 of them have been published.
The bodies of these brave men and women have been dumped in unmarked graves. And since Iran has not allowed, and certainly under this regime will never allow an investigation of these killings, we do not know the true number of Iranians who have been killed. But we can almost certainly say that it is more than the list of 5,000 names we have. Your actions, our actions in support of our love for the Iranian people must begin with holding Raisi accountable for his crimes against humanity. Remember he was not an adviser, he was not an infantryman. He was an executor. I know that there are in the audience of those whose relatives were killed in the Raisi massacre. Also, some of you have family and friends currently imprisoned in Evin and other prisons in Iran, and some of your relatives have disappeared, or worse. We, none of us, will ever forget them and we will pray for you and for all of them. Ebrahim Raisi is exactly the kind of man Khamenei wants as President; a man to obey him.
A man who is willing to brutalize and kill Iranians on his orders. This is not moving forward. It ‘s a step backwards. It is only those who resist, both inside and outside, who bring hope to Iran. This is why this meeting and what you are doing today is so important. The contrast between a government that serves its people and one that subjugates the people is extremely pronounced. We can see it. This should be our inspiration for the freedom of the Iranian people. And yet, we know that the more a government tries to strengthen its control over the people of Iran, the weaker it will become. This is exactly what is happening today. Protests sparked by water shortages erupted in more than half of the country’s provinces. There have also been protests in Ahvaz, Tabriz, Tehran, Isfahan, and other cities across Iran. These protesters have shown considerable resistance and bravery against the regime. And I know, I know, in the end the Iranian people will have a secular, democratic, and non-nuclear republic. The actions of 1979 are a key turning point. To understand Iran and its place in history, we need to unravel what happened in 1979. I think Iran will never return to rule by a dictatorial Shah or theocratic regime. This is the real battle and it started in those first scary moments of the 1979 revolution.
The central battle is that in the streets, in the mosques, and in the minds of the Iranians; it is the conflict between the people and the organized opposition that demands freedom and democracy on the one hand, and the regime as a whole on the other. But the good news is this. The resistance forces in Iran, those noble Iranian patriots, are as strong as they have always been and bring optimism to anyone who supports them around the world. The effects of the last years of our work on the most recent elections can be clearly seen. The regime has become increasingly desperate, it has increased deception, and the Iranian people have realized this. Since 1979, every election process in Iran has served only to give a facade of republicanism to a corrupt and brutal theocracy. But the 2021 presidential election has been much different from previous ones, largely because it took place at a time when the theocratic regime is in the most delicate state it has ever been since taking power in 1979, and the people of Iran I know this. His prospect of survival is being openly questioned by the regime’s own insiders, as well as being challenged by a troubled nation seeking freedom. In short, you calculate it yourself. Very few people have voted PRO Raisi. Turnout has been the lowest since 1979, marking a total rejection of the regime and its candidate. Even the regime itself has acknowledged for the first time in 40 years that most Iranians have stayed away from the ballot box. In fact, this was a boycott of the regime and the leaders of the regime know this. This boycott by the Iranian people confirms the fact that the Iranian people do not hang any hope in the elections as a means of fundamental change.
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