By Syed Zafar Mehdi
In a tell-all "exclusive" interview with her favorite propaganda outlet Iran International last week, CIA-bankrolled agent provocateur Masih Alinejad was at her dramatic best with a hint of tragedy and comedy.
Speaking about recent riots in Iran, the self-proclaimed "journalist" said she is being interrogated by her sponsors in the US and France on why the "revolution" fizzled out so abruptly.
"The White House and (Emmanuel) Macron's office ask me that your revolution is over and there is no one on the streets. So why shouldn't we go back to the negotiating table," Alinejad bemoaned, struggling to hold back her tears.
For months, she hysterically lobbied for material and moral support in the power corridors of Washington and other Western capitals, including Paris, selling an illusion that the Islamic Republic was teetering on the brink of collapse.
Her financers actually fell into the vicious trap and saw it as an opportunity to reboot their moth-eaten "regime change" project that has taken many different shapes and forms since 1979.
Alinejad was seen rubbing shoulders with President Macron in Paris in November last year, the first such rendezvous between an Iranian "opposition" figure and a world leader, which came amid months-long violent foreign-backed riots in Iran.
What Alinejad and ilk tried doing was hijack a human tragedy - the death of a young Iranian woman in tragic circumstances, albeit without any foul play - and get more funds. Her financers also saw it as a win-win equation, to push their own sinister agendas.
Her meeting with Macron at the Elysee Palace, facilitated by the notorious French rabble-rouser Bernard-Henri Lévy, was widely publicized by UK-based Persian-language propaganda outlets, who have left no stone unturned in recent months to instigate rioters.
A month before Alinejad's closed-door meeting with Macron, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hosted another bunch of "regime change" foot soldiers led by out-of-work actress Nazanin Boniadi, who has recently found a new and relatively more lucrative career avenue - anti-Iran activism/militancy.
During the meeting, which hogged headlines in the Western press, Blinken vowed to "work to support Iranians who are standing for their fundamental freedoms", essentially green-lighting the riots.
This intimate dalliance between Western regimes and anti-Iran groups has been vigorously advertised by Western media in recent months, in particular the UK-based Persian media outlets, as a final push to the fall of the Islamic Republic.
The attention-seeking monarchists in the US and MKO terrorists in Albania have also joined the chorus, almost trying to outdo each other in using Iranian youth as cannon fodder for a goal that even the most hawkish Western observers agree is a chimera.
As expected, the "revolution" eventually fizzled out as its sponsors realized the futility of their oft-repeated adventure and gullible Iranian youth realized they were playing into the hands of enemies against their own country, their own people, and their own values.
This reality seems to have dawned on Americans and their allies as well, which was evident from US special envoy for Iran Robert Malley's remarks in a BBC HardTalk interview last week.
He asserted that diplomacy was "still the priority for the (Biden) administration", describing the military option as "a very difficult option" and said the US was "not after regime change" in Iran.
The remarks by the Biden administration's pointsman on Iran illustrate that the hawks in Washington have come to terms with the reality - you cannot use violence and bloodshed to intimidate or browbeat Iranians. The fact that Americans have put the nuclear deal back on their agenda proves that.
Alinejad's exasperation has to be seen in the same context - Americans realizing that Iran cannot be another Iraq or Afghanistan or Syria. The "color revolution" sponsored by the US and its allies is dead.
Syed Zafar Mehdi is a Tehran-based journalist, political commentator and author. He has reported for more than 13 years from India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir and West Asia for leading publications worldwide.
(The views expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect those of Press TV.)