MEK Calls for Sanctions to Boost Internal Overthrow of Mullah Regime
Maryam Rajavi of the Mujahedin el-Khalq held a press conference asking the West to resist appeasing or attacking Iran's mullah regime in the nuclear crisis, suggesting instead that sanctions, strong sanctions, would cause enough internal pain to inspire opposition groups (such as the MEK) into action. She spoke from the MEK's Paris headquarters.
Rajavi, 52, called for the West to avoid responding to Iran's nuclear ambitions with appeasement or a military invasion. Instead, she said political and economic sanctions would fortify democratic resistance among Iranians, with her group, whose name translates as People's Holy Warriors, serving as a vanguard.
"The Iranian resistance has a capacity to bring about change," Rajavi said. "Knowing this, the mullahs have always in their dealings with their foreign counterparts demanded the imposition of harsh restrictions on the resistance, branding it as terrorist and a sect."
Despite Rajavi's contention that she is a moderate Muslim espousing a peaceful, democratic Iran, her initiative seems a longshot at best.
Update/Note: It is difficult to discern what the LA Times' writer meant with the last quoted paragraph above, or precisely how he linked (with the word "Despite") her religeous/political beliefs with any conclusion of the likelihood of success of an internal regime change in Iran. It reads as a personal swipe, and the rest of the article goes on to criticize the MEK in one form or another rather than provide additional information supporting his assertion that an internal overthrow is unlikely. The challenges such an endeavor faces can be easily listed out.
While I do agree that, with every passing day, an internal overthrow is dauntingly more difficult (though not impossible), I fail to understand the logic of the last quoted paragraph above.