Mohsen Sazegara, one of the founders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and a former Deputy Prime Minister of Iran, has called on U.S. Jews to help refocus U.S. Administration efforts away from Iran’s nuclear program and toward changing the regime.
In an unprecedented appearance before the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations Sazegara – who was jailed four time in Tehran and went into exile in 2003 – said that Iran is “on the brink of implosion” because of a combination of the international sanctions and internal mismanagement by the government.
Sazegara chastised the Obama Administration’s decision not to intervene in the 2009 Green Revolution, describing it as “a great disappointment”. But he said that “beneath the surface there is a great anger burning across the land” and that the time has come to “reignite the revolution.”
Sazegara said that the U.S. was “focused on the wrong course” in its dealings with Tehran, because the regime “will never give up its nuclear program.” The only recourse, he said, was to “reach over their heads” to the Iranian people and to encourage a change in the regime.
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