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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Friday, September 01, 2006

Senator Allen (R-VA) Calls on State Department to Revoke Visa for Former Iranian President

We agree, Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami is coming to the United States after he was granted a visa for the annual UN anniversary celebration. Harvard is offering Khatami a forum to spread his "message," and is scheduled to speak at the Washington National Cathedral on Sept. 7.
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Although free speech is a cornerstone of our countries freedoms Iran has been doing very well ignoring U.N. demands (as feckless as they may be) and thumbing it's nose at the international community. Providing a forum for any leader of Iran is simply not a good idea.
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We wrote earlier this week Khatami conceded he had failed to implement his democratic reform program while Iran's President, claiming he had bowed to the will of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his hard-line allies to avoid riots and preserve the ruling Islamic establishment. "If I retreated, I retreated against the system I believed in," said Khatami in 2004. A system he believed in? How does this mesh with his "reformer" label? Khatami supports the status quo in Iran and wishes to further spread his message in America.
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Allen writes in his press release:
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In a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today, Senator George Allen (R-VA) expressed his objections to the State Department’s decision to grant a visa for former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami to travel to the United States. In his letter Senator Allen questioned the State Department’s decision citing the fact that Khatami has lead a regime that is a leading sponsor of terrorism, permitted human rights abuses, and presided over Iran’s secret nuclear program. In addition, the Senator asked that the State Department press for the strongest possible sanctions at the U.N. Security Council in response to Iran’s continued refusal to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s investigation of its clandestine nuclear program including travel bans on Iranian leaders. (The full letter is here.)
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Refusing Khatami entrance into the United States would be an appropriate message and the beginning of inposing sanctions independent of the U.N. It's time to send real messages to the Iranian Mullahs and their puppet master Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that a nuclear Iran is not going to succeed.
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Source: One Jerusalem

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