A former Iranian Revolutionary Guards officer who worked for nearly a decade and a half as a CIA spy has advice for the incoming Republican majority in the House: Help the people of Iran overthrow the tyrannical regime ruling their country or face a catastrophic war fought on Tehran’s terms.
“It is essential for us to understand that the establishment ruling Iran is truly committed to belief in the end of times and the reappearance of Imam Mahdi, the 12th Shiite Imam,” said Reza Kahlili, who uses that pseudonym and recently penned “A Time to Betray,” a memoir of his days as a CIA Spy. When that happens, “Iran’s rulers believe Islam will conquer the world and kill all the remaining nonbelievers.”
If the Iranian regime is allowed to acquire nuclear weapons, it will initiate a worldwide conflagration, Kahlili believes.
“Millions will die and millions of others will suffer unimaginable horrors. We will witness one of the greatest depressions and greatest destructions in human history. It is time that we take action and help the Iranians free themselves before it’s too late for all of us.”
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Newsmax video flashback: Above is a Newsmax.TV interview with Reza Kahlili recorded in April.
In an exclusive interview with Newsmax this week, Kahlili urged Congress and U.S. allies in Europe to intensify pressure to isolate the Iranian regime, prosecute its leaders for crimes against humanity, and open a “channel of communication” with the Iranian people to help them organize a nationwide revolt.
“Once the loyalists see that the West is serious, they are going to abandon ship,” he says. “As you saw during the uprising, many Iranian diplomats and others defected, thinking it was the end of the regime. So if we can emphasize that, there will be many more high-level Iranian officials who will defect, which would further weaken the government and embolden the opposition.”
During the past 18 months, dissent has reached the inner circles of the regime in unprecedented ways, Kahlili says.
On Wednesday, Kahlili appeared, wearing a surgical mask and speaking through a voice modulator, at a forum on Iran policy that Freedom Watch and the Foundation for Democracy in Iran sponsored at the National Press Club.
Freedom Watch founder and President Larry Klayman, said, “The policy of the Obama administration and the European Union has simply not worked. We are calling on the new Congress to push the administration and the European Union to pursue a more rational approach toward Iran, toward removing the regime.”
Appearing with them, former CIA Director R. James Woolsey compared the state of Iran’s military power with Hitler’s military buildup in the years before he invaded Poland and started World War II.
“By 1936, when Germany moved into the Rhineland, it still would have been possible with strong British and French support for there to have been a coup in Germany, probably led by the Junkers, the Prussian aristocrats,” Woolsey said.
“But the world stood by. The world was in a terrible depression. The economies of Britain and France were such that they felt they couldn’t take a strong stand. And so appeasement was what there was.”
Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Alan Keyes blasted the Obama administration for failing to safeguard U.S. national security interests not only in its dealings with Iran but also with the Muslim world in general.
“Islam has been a conquering religion, and no administration has been willing to address that fundamental ideological challenge . . . It’s foolish to speak of peaceful and constructive engagement with somebody who’s about to stab you in the gut, or cut your throat or put a bullet in your head.”
Klayman criticized President Obama for turning his back on the pro-freedom movement in June 2009, when millions of protesters took to the streets all across Iran after massive fraud in the presidential elections.
“If this president, Barack Obama, had been the president of France or the King of France back in 1776, he would not have come to the assistance of the United States. We would not be a country today if France had not helped us gain our independence and our freedom,” Klayman said. "Barack Obama prefers to go on a political jihad around the world to promote Islam rather than support the people of Iran.”
Kahlili had some concrete suggestions for the 112th Congress:
- Provide a “direct channel of communication to the people of Iran where information is shared and where the opposition can guide them for a national strike and where the West can inform them of its support for their cause. Unfortunately, today Voice of America has failed in achieving that by de-politicizing their news coverage and instead providing entertainment programming.”
- “Pursue Iranian leaders for crimes against humanity, issue international arrest warrants asking Interpol to enforce them, and freeze all bank accounts of the leadership.”
- “Convince our European allies to reduce diplomatic ties to minimum staff and to completely halt all their commerce with Iran, going as far as to refuse airspace and shipping ports to any vessel to or from Iran.”
- “Deport all Iranian agents from Western countries. We know who they are, working out of Iranian banks, Islamic cultural centers, shipping line and air line offices,” he said.
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