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ICYMI: Senior Iranian exile to U.S. Jews: Target regime change rather than nuclear program

Article by Amanda Schnetzer June 8, 2012 //   2 minute read

As reported in this recent Haaretz.com article, Iranian dissident Mohsen Sazegara told the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations that the United States should refocus efforts towards changing the regime in Iran and away from Iran’s nuclear program. Sazegara told the gathering that Iran is “on the brink of implosion” due to international sanctions and government mismanagement. He urged a policy focused on connecting with the Iranian people and encouraging a change in the regime. Mohsen Sazegara is an Iranian dissident, writer, and political activist.  He is also a Visiting Fellow in Human Freedom at the George W. Bush Institute. He was a founding member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and key aide to Ayatollah Khomeini before becoming disillusioned with Iran’s regime and its brutal repression of Iran’s people. His reformist policies eventually resulted in his arrest in early 2003, after which he left the country. He has since actively worked for freedom and democracy in Iran and has become a major figure in the country’s Green Movement. To read the full Haaretz article, click here.  Sazegara’s interview with the Freedom Collection, a living archive of the global struggle for human freedom, can be accessed here. This post was written by Amanda Schnetzer, Director of Human Freedom at the George W. Bush Institute.