Regime change is what is needed – Ambassador Ken Blackwell
The event was organized by "Foundation for Middle Eastern Studies" (FEMO) on "Policy on Iran and Countering Islamic Extremism" and was chaired by Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield Jr., former US Special Envoy and Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs. It was attended by number of experts including Howard Dean, former Governor of Vermont and Chair of the US Democratic Party, Olli Heinonen, former Deputy Director General of the IAEA, Bruno Tertrais, senior fellow at the French Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS), Alireza Jafarzadeh, Deputy Director of NCRI US Representative Office, author of the book, The Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis, James Woolsey, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Clinton, Yves Thréard, Leader writer and columnist for the French daily Le Figaro, Frédéric Encel, Professor of international relations at the ESG Management School, Seminar Director at the French Institute of Geopolitics. Struan Stevenson, former president, European Parliament Delegation for Relations with Iraq.
The following are excerpts from Ambassador Blackwell's remarks:
And I would just suggest that we must give support to the resistance, both inside of Iran and across the diaspora. We in fact need regime change. I don't know how to say it any more specifically than that. Regime change is what is needed, and we need to get there by any means necessary. That's the only way that you're going to bring stability back to the neighborhood of the Middle East, and it's the only way that you can actually stop the assault on human rights and the existential threat that Iran represents within the nuclear context. I would just underscore that if we reach an agreement on June 30th, we will put back $150 billion into that government, into that regime. And if we in fact are so naïve to believe that it won't go to support global terrorism, again, then we are complete fools. I know that one who speaks on human rights tries to stay away from talking about the stick. But Ambassador, you're completely right, this regime only respects a bigger and more potent stick, not a smaller carrot."