PDMI Letter to the Honorable Congresswoman Barbara Lee
The Honorable Congresswoman Barbara Lee,
The Pro-Democracy Movement of Iran (PDMI) expresses grave concern regarding your newly introduced legislation (H.R. 4173) aimed at initiating bilateral U.S. Iran talks.
While we appreciate your attention to issues related to Iran and the U.S. Foreign Policy towards Iran, it might the Congresswoman to know that for over three decades, various governments have used dialogue and diplomacy with the regime in Iran to no avail, starting with the administration of President Jimmy Carter, who did everything possible to assure their new regime of American friendship and failed miserably. Since that time, the more world governments have tried to engage the regime’s leaders, the more belligerent, emboldened and abusive they have become. This has not been limited to the killings of American soldiers, their communication with the outside world but extended to the repression of their own people, as we are all aware.
The Islamic regime’s apologists such as Trita Parsi of NIAC deceptively portray the Islamic government in Iran as a pragmatic and rational entity. They suggest that dialogue and diplomacy are the best way to deal with Iran. They have blamed the regime’s blatant human rights violations, which has recently exceeded China’s as the worst in the world, on U.S. pressure and ridiculously claimed that recognition of the IRI would improve the human rights violations in Iran.
The ruling theocracy is draconian and dangerous. It is a very real and imminent threat not just to our national security but also to world stability. Dialogue and diplomacy with a regime that has rapes its own citizens and has united with the Syrian dictator and massacred more than 8,500 brave pro democracy Syrians is an insult to those who have lost their lives.
Currently, the Middle East is in crisis. Pro-democracy forces are springing up daily to demand basic human rights and better living conditions. It is about time that countries such as the United States publicly align themselves with the democracy seeking people who have suffered brutally at the hands of dictators and tyrants. It is time to give honor, dignity, moral imperatives and ethical values precedence over lucrative financial contracts that often occur, wrongly, at the expense of ordinary citizens’ lives.
By supporting pro-democracy Iranian opposition groups, the world community not only can avert a regional and potentially global catastrophe, it will help establish democratic systems of government in the region. If Syrians and Iranians are successful in shaking off the yoke of theocracy and dictatorships, their success could herald the failure of political and militant Islam. Helping Iran become a democracy is not only is a moral imperative, but should be considered an essential foreign policy priority that will bring a more sustainable and lasting peace to the Middle East.
The Iranian-American community, Iranians and friends of Iran strongly support Senator Kirk’s amendment to the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, to impose crippling sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran which is the primary bankroller of the IRI’s global terror network, its nuclear program and other illicit activities. The amendment provides the President with a waiver authority for humanitarian exception for the Iranian-American community allowing us to send food, medicine and medical supplies to the Iranian people.
We respectfully urge the honorable Congresswoman to allow Senator Kirks Amendment which was signed by an unprecedented 100-0 senate vote to take effect in June, unhindered.
Dr. Arash Irandoost, Founder
Pro-Democracy Movement of Iran
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