Bipartisan group of U.S. politicians join Iranian dissidents in rally against Tehran’s theocracy

by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times  |  published on July 11, 2016

LE BOURGET, France — Tens of thousands of supporters of a dissident Iranian opposition group filled a vast convention hall here over the weekend to call for the downfall of Iran’s theocratic government.

The massive and boisterous event, which occurs annually in this town just north of Paris, was led by the controversial National Council of Resistance of Iran, a France-based umbrella group for Iranian exiles that brought dozens of former U.S., European and Middle Eastern officials together to speak out on its behalf.

A bipartisan clutch of Americans, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, former FBI Director Louis Freeh and a host of others was on hand.

But perhaps the most eye-opening speech came from a key figure of the Saudi royal family, whose posture toward Iran’s leadership has grown increasingly tense during the year since world powers put in place a major nuclear accord with the Islamic republic.

Prince Turki bin Faisal Al-Saud, the former longtime Saudi intelligence chief, drew loud cheers and applause from the Iranian dissident crowd when he exclaimed that he too wants the government in Tehran to be overthrown and that their “fight against the regime will reach its goal sooner or later.”

  • Ken says

    France knows ISIS exists – but in the USA our Pretender in Chief won’t even say ISIS or Radical Islamic Terrorist. King Bo would never allow a rally like that here – 7 more months of the King, his monarchy and BS. TRUMP 2016

  • justinwachin

    The U.S. government should have supported the Iranian dissidents when they wanted to topple their government back in the early 2000s. A large part of our trouble in Iraq and Afghanistan was created by Iran. For years we fought a war in both countries with insurgents that were sent across the border from Iran.

    As long as the religious extremists are allowed to run Iran that country is going to continue on its track to push the world into a nuclear war. The Shiites think that a nuclear war will hasten the return of the great imam. We should support the sane minds among the dissidents since that is the best chance avoid a major war.

  • DrBillLemoine

    Boy, is it easy to spend other people’s money, and spill other people’s blood. That’s what Iranian revolution would mean with the attendant world disruption in energy production and middle eastern dislocations. You think immigration from the ISIL conflict is bad in Europe, just destabilize Iran. These ‘bipartisan’ folks have the right idea but jeopardize American cybersecurity from a fracturing Iranian cyberespionage and cybersecurity standpoint–they would certainly shut down American power grids by hacking–and in any death throes, try to sink the great satan who’s behind the upheaval. We can’t afford any of this, so let’s just observe the dissidents and keep a lower–nameless–profile.

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  • joe

    Warning! Do not believe a Muslim when it tells you that it really does not follow the teachings.
    Among the many charming traits of Muslims taught by the Qur’An is the practice of taqiyah, or lying to further the interests of Islam.
    Here, from the Holy Qur’An, is proof from their own “prophet” that Muslims are abject cowards who are willing to deny their “god”, allah, to save their own skins. Christians, on the other hand have, since the first days of following Christ, been willing to lay down their lives rather than to deny God.

    “’Whoever disbelieves in Allah after his belief… except for one who is forced [to renounce his religion] while his heart is secure in faith. But those who [willingly] open their breasts to disbelief, upon them is wrath from Allah , and for them is a great punishment;'”(Muhammad. The Holy Qur’An. surat l-nahl. 16:106. circa 620AD.)

    This verse of the Qur’an refers to the incident when ‘Ammar bin Yasir (May Allah be pleased with both) had to utter some words against Islam to save himself from the Quraishite infidels. It clearly allows hiding one ‘s true faith when one is in danger of one’s life. This rule is called taqiyah.”(Taqiyah. Rizvi, Syed Saeed Akhtar. Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 1992.)

    • Playcard2U

      The Muslims who have become Christians are the only ones I will listen to, and then to only seriously consider, after they’ve been vetted. So far, I think Fox’s channel has had them on to comment, and they amount to only five or so. This indicates how potentially deadly to us the average Muslim is, who seeks through their Sharia law to destroy America.

      • joe

        Please re-read the section on Taqiyah. Muslims cannot be trusted. At all. It is in “The Holy Qu’Ran” that they should lie to further the cause of Islam (which cause actually **is** world domination).

        There is no such thing as a “moderate” Muslim. Either one follows the directives in “The Holy Qur’an” or that one is an infidel. We who have _read_ the Qur’an and understand its commands are being vilified for it.

        We are called “Islamophobes” but *are* we?


        “The Holy Qur’an”, the holy book of Islam, directs its followers to murder anyone and everyone who is not Muslim and who will not convert to Islam. There are at least one hundred nine (109), verses contained therein that indicate this (full list follows),.
        To be wary of Muslims is not phobic, it indicates only a well-founded sense of self-preservation.
        I urge everyone, TV stars included, to actually read “The Holy Qur’an” and to to some REAL research on Islam before making such ridiculous statements as, “Islam is a religion of peace”.

        It is not.

        Islam is a religion of conquest and murder.
        The blog servers have started to prohibit my posting of the actual verse text so you would have to look it up yourself in “The Holy Qur’an”. Sorry.
        Here’s a link that worked on 23 Nov 2015 –

        Qur’an (2:244), Qur’an (2:216), Qur’an (3:56), Qur’an (3:151), Qur’an (4:74), Qur’an (4:76), Qur’an (4:89),
        Qur’an (4:95), Qur’an (4:104), Qur’an (5:33), Qur’an (8:12), Qur’an (8:15), Qur’an (8:39),Qur’an (8:57),
        Qur’an (8:67), Qur’an (8:59-60), Qur’an (8:65), Qur’an (9:5), Qur’an (9:14), Qur’an (9:20), Qur’an (9:29),
        Qur’an (9:30), Qur’an (9:38-39), Qur’an (9:41), Qur’an (9:73), Qur’an (9:88), Qur’an (9:111), Qur’an (9:123),
        Qur’an (17:16), Qur’an (18:65-81), Qur’an (21:44), Qur’an (25:52), Qur’an (33:60-62), Qur’an (47:3-4),
        Qur’an (47:35), Qur’an (48:17), Qur’an (48:29), Qur’an (61:4), Qur’an (61:10-12),
        From the Hadith
        Bukhari (52:177), Bukhari (52:256), Bukhari (52:65), Bukhari (52:220), Abu Dawud (14:2526), Abu Dawud (14:2527),
        Muslim (1:33), Bukhari (8:387), Muslim (1:30), Bukhari (52:73), Bukhari (11:626), Muslim (1:149), Muslim (20:4645),
        Muslim (20:4696), Muslim (19:4321-4323), Muslim (19:4294)

        • Born in the South and proud

          Joe, excellent post. I have seen no sign of disgust or contempt from the muslim community in regards to the many horrible things they do in name of allah. More like smug grins and smiles. Its a shame this bunch of know it all elites in this country cant see or understand what a evil rotten force it really is.

  • Richard Bagenstose

    4 more months and obammie won’t have anything to say about it any more , and they can hang him rid along side the iatola, obammies love affair for terrorists will be over , i want to see what he does when terrorist start dieing by the thousands, like they should have bin doing the last 8 years , like trump says , hit them hard and it won’t take long to get them running for there lives, we need a new solgan, live in peace or die

    • Anouk

      4 months too many for the Muslim in the WH to finish his destructive job.
      Destroy the US is his goal.
      Yep! 4 months too many.

  • regulus30

    now does anyone think “obammie the muslim” will join their attempt to over throw a tyrannical oligarchy;; he DID NOT IN HIS FIRST YEAR AN AMERICAN’S AYATOLLAH.[supreme leader].

  • Peter Smith

    It’s not our country, we should stay out of it. It does not matter whether they are a theocracy or not, they are predominately MUSLIM and will NEVER be a trusted friendly nation. These idiots in DC will never learn their lesson. Take care of our nation first and F-CK all of the Muslim nations.

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