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Bush ََََAdministration Has Fueled the Human Rights Abuses in Iran

Published Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Bush Administration's apparent disregard for the expressed wishes of Iranian human-rights defenders has made a bad situation worse. When it comes to human rights in the Middle East, the Bush Administration has claimed to walk the walk. But that walk clearly has a limp.

          Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch report that executions in Iran - including instances of stoning - have sharply increased under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In addition, using the Bush administration's Iran Democracy Fund as a pretext, Iranian authorities have clamped down on Iran's civil society with thousands of arrests.

Human rights workers argue that the "regime change slush fund" has facilitated the Ahmadinejad government's latest wave of abuses.

          The $75 million Iran Democracy Fund, first appropriated in 2006, was reappropriated in December despite loud protests by human rights and democracy champions. Human rights workers argue that this "regime change slush fund" has facilitated the Ahmadinejad government's latest wave of abuses.

          Washington has dismissed these protests, putting Iranian human-rights defenders in a double bind. While they recognize that the absence of diplomacy between Washington and Tehran - and the ensuing tensions - enable the Iranian government to intensify human-rights abuses, activists also fear that U.S.-Iran talks might result in a relationship that mirrors America's relationship with Saudi Arabia, Egypt or Iran under the shah. That is, one in which geopolitical objectives trump concerns about human rights and democracy.

          There is a solution to this dilemma.

The human rights situation is Iran under the ruling ayatollahs worsens every day.

          Washington must restore its own standing on human rights, and put the deteriorating human rights situation in Iran on the table in its discussions with Tehran.

          A foreign policy contingent on human rights will create a balance between America's relationship with the people of Iran and its relationship with Iran's unpopular government.

          The value of this relationship will yield great strategic objectives for the United States. Namely, any resulting improvements in the U.S. relationship with Iran will be sustainable, rather than tied to the survival of the current regime.

Arab streets blame the United States for prolonging the reigns of the dictators who rule them.

By tying improved relations to Iranian respect for human rights, Washington will develop a stake in Iran's future and ultimate stability, but not a stake in the survival of the Iranian theocracy.

          Past foreign policy efforts in the Middle East - namely with America's Arab allies - have failed in this regard. While Arab governments support the American order, Arab streets blame the United States for prolonging the reigns of the dictators who rule them. Unsurprisingly, this creates a dangerous breeding ground for anti-American sentiments and terrorism.

          Making Iran's human rights record a condition of gradual improvement of U.S.-Iran relations would help reduce tensions between the two countries without alienating the Iranian people and undermining America's soft power in Iran.

The next president of the United States must recognize the necessity of reducing tensions with Tehran through diplomacy. Fortunately, this strategic goal can be achieved without getting stuck with the theocracy. ENDS IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS 10308

Editor’s note: Mr. Trita Parsi is the president of the National Iranian American Council in Washington, D.C. and author of "Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States," at:





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Saturday, March 15, 2008 19:35 [ 1 ]

A little background on the author of this article, Trita Parsi, who has often been accused of being an indirect spokesman for the Islamic Republic of Iran especially when it comes to the issue of Human Rights:

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Iran’s Oil Mafia In 1999 and 2000 Trita Parsi was helping Amirahmadi to organize lobbying events in Washington.

Thursday, March 20, 2008 17:40 [ 2 ]



Friday, April 11, 2008 22:39 [ 3 ]

Trita Parsi is not an Iranian and does not represent Iranian interests. He is a mouthpiece and paid lobbyist of the IRI.

The fact is that the mullhas have been violating human rights in Iran ever since they took power.

Khomeini's thugs killed over 3,000 Iranian freedom fighters in one day back in the early days of the revolution.

There are more than 60,000 political prisoners in Iran and the mullah refuse access to them by their families and lawyers.

Please do not be deceived by this paid agent of the IRI.

Friday, April 11, 2008 23:01 [ 4 ]

The fact is that the Bush administration and before him the Clinton and Carter's administrations have all tried and failed in establishing a dialogue with the mullahs. The reason for lack of interest in talking to the US is that it will come with a price. The US might tell them to ease on their human rights violations and they are not interested in hearing that.

NICE TRY Trita the IRI mouthpiece! Freedom loving Iranians have long discovered your true intentions.

Azadek Kasravi
Saturday, April 12, 2008 15:52 [ 5 ]

We can no longer make excuses for Iran's regime's behavior based on supposed Bush Policies. We are facing dedicated murderers. If we are to craft a serious policy toward the mullahs, we must begin by recognizing the uncompromising depths of Ahmadinejad and mullahs hatred toward the West and the Western values. They are focused on wiping Israel off the map and spreading Islam all over the world.

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