Gave Your Words, Senators. Now, Stand By It!
week, while several of the prisoners of conscience in Iran were on hunger
strike and close to death, and when a 16 year old girl, Atefeh Sahaleh,
was hanged publicly because of bad behavior and her "sharp tongue",
the vice-presidential running mate, Senator John Edwards, made an offer of
friendship to the murderous regime of
He said in an interview that, if elected
president, Senator John Kerry would offer
a deal allowing it to keep its nuclear power plants if it gave up the
right to retain bomb-making nuclear fuel.
Senators Kerry and Edwards both chose to ignore the fact that the Islamic
Regime of Iran (IRI) is a terrorist regime and turned a blind eye to 25
years of atrocities against the Iranian people who are struggling for a
secular democracy in
Sen. John Edwards told "The Washington Post" that if
did not accept this "great bargain," this would confirm that the
Islamic state was building nuclear weapons under cover of a nuclear power
rejected this proposal, Edwards stated that Kerry would ensure that
European allies were prepared to join the
in imposing strict sanctions against
"If we are engaging with Iranians in an effort to reach this great
bargain and if in fact this is a bluff that they are trying to develop
nuclear weapons capability, then we know that our European friends will
stand with us," said Senator Edwards.
is unacceptable for so many reasons, including the possibility that it
creates a gateway and the need for other countries in the region to
develop nuclear capabilities--
, potentially others," Senator Edwards alleged.
Well, the Islamic Regime did not bite this "great bargain" and
their nuclear disarmament plan has been bluntly rejected by the Islamic
Regime's foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi.
Senators Kerry and Edward must now stand by their words and declare that
they will impose a strict sanction against the Islamic Regime.
Even if the Islamic Regime of Iran had accepted this offer, it would still
have been a murderous regime responsible for the imprisonment, torture,
and the execution of thousands of freedom-loving Iranians and is not
worthy of any sort of recognition. Even if it complies with all the
demands of the west regarding the control of its nuclear program, it is
still a terrorist regime that has terrorized the Iranians for 25 years and
must not be legitimized by any state or state leader that has the
slightest respect for human rights and liberties.
Senators Kerry and Edwards ignored the barbaric acts of the terrorist
regime that have been systematically exercised for a long time. We did not
hear any objections from the world. Now, it is time that the whole world
and especially the American people hold them responsible for their words.
They offered friendship to one of the most brutal regimes of all time and
it was rejected. They promised that if
rejected this proposal, they would ensure that European allies were
prepared to join the
in imposing strict sanctions against
. They must deliver now on this promise.
it is time to see the reality of the Islamic Regime and come to the
conclusion that the existence of this monster is not only a daily danger
to the lives of millions of Iranians, but to the world. Maybe it is time
to ignore the interest factor and the short term financial interests of
the oil companies and start to pay a little attention to humanity.
We do not expect much from the international community in general - the
in particular. We just expect them not to legitimize or help this
terrorist regime. We expect a rigid sanction against the IRI, not of
the type that we have been witnessing during the years that a "sanction"
was supposed to be enforced, and not of the type that would exclude
Halliburton, GE and more than two-hundred American companies. A genuine
and real sanction.
We expect the U.S. to reduce its diplomatic relations with the Islamic
Regime to the lowest possible level. This regime is not the representative
of the Iranian people, and we challenge those who think otherwise by an
internationally monitored referendum. If the US government and
politicians want to be on the side of the brave Iranians who have not
given up hopes in spite of confronting a brutal regime and all its western
supporters, they should just give them moral support by declaring that
they do not recognize the Islamic Regime as their representatives, and
that they would refrain from establishing friendly relations with their
That is all we believe most Iranians expect from the U.S. and other
countries. Just do not help this terrorist regime, and the Iranians
themselves will topple the Islamic Regime through disobedience and
Those who listen will earn the love and votes of the Iranians.
Parvin is an adjunct professor at the California State University and
director of the Mission for Establishment of Human Rights in Iran (MEHR) -
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