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March 22, 2007

LA Iran TV: News Interview on UN Sanctions against Iran

Broadcast 22 March on PARS Satellite TV (Los Angeles)

This is an excerpt from a telephone interview conducted by Mehrdad Parsa with Mandana Zand Karimi on Parsa's regular news analysis program "Events in Iran and the World."

Parsa: You are a political activist with influence in the White House and in the US Congress who meets with American government officials, who consult with you on many matters. You are active with the issues that affect the interest of the Iranian nation, you have programs and projects, you give talks and you debate. You are a defender of social justice in Iran.

Since President Bush took office he has consistently said the US stands behind the cultured, civilized nation of Iran and that it makes a distinction between the nation and the government of Iran. What is the meaning of Mr. Bush's backing? Is it just talk, or is he really doing something in this area? What is your view as a person close to these matters?

Karimi: It is completely clear that in these few years Mr. Bush has tried to obstruct Iran's regime in any way possible. Two words that are not to be used in American political discourse are regime change in Iran.

The Europeans absolutely do not want regime change in Iran. They do not want to eliminate these mullahs. Recently, after several years of talks between America and Europe, the European nations have come to the conclusion that Iran's regime is not trustworthy, regardless of the fact that they have plundered Iran for 28 years with secret contracts for free oil.

Even if the Islamic republic goes away today the governments of France, Germany, Sweden, Norway and all of these nations have contracts that the government of Iran will be obliged to honor.

Parsa: I understand you have met with several European parliamentary deputies who have objected to you raising the issue of freedom in Iran.

Karimi: Yes, yes, precisely. In talks I have had with a large number of European parliamentary deputies, they have all said that they put their economic interests ahead of the human rights of the nation of Iran. This is a very simple issue.

As a result, the only nation that is not economically dependent on Iran in any way is America; it is the only country that is a staunch advocate of human rights, because the goal and the ideology of the Republicans in America is and has always been to advance freedom and democracy.

Therefore the doctrine of Mr. Bush's government is that democracy and freedom must first be created in the Middle East. This democracy and freedom will make nations prosperous and free to speak for themselves.

It is only through the creation of democracy and freedom that terrorism can be eliminated in the Middle East and in the Muslim World.

However Mr. Bush's government has a number of problems. One of his problems is the European nations. The next problem is Russia, because they are two old enemies since the communist era. After the communist era, despite the billions of dollars in economic aid America gave to Russia to help them get back on their feet, as everyone knows, because of all the economic relations Russia has with Iran it wasted billions of dollars of the Iranian nation's money in the Bushehr project.

This stupid illiterate regime agreed to have the Russians come to set up its nuclear program and now they have come to the conclusion that Russia is not going to do such a thing. It has just taken money out of Iran!

As a result the Russians have stood against America. The Europeans have opposed Mr. Bush's government for years. The Democratic party has taken a stand against Mr. Bush since the Democrats have a very small majority in the American Congress. They result is that they have all tied Mr. Bush's hands and do not allow him to act.

The result is that Mr. Bush is circling and is taking a more distant approach instead of a close approach. He is trying to convince them one at a time to take steps against this regime with the things he is doing.

This is now the third set of economic sanctions the UN Security Council is applying against Iran. America has wanted these economic sanctions from the beginning, but the Europeans, Russia and China have opposed them.

The first time around they balked. The second time they consented to a few of American's demands for the economic sanctions, and this time we are hoping more of America's demands for these latest economic sanctions will be approved.

Now Mr. Ahmadinejad wants to come here to sit and talk in the hope of changing some minds. He may be planning to put money in the pockets of the UN Security Council member nations. He may argue that Iran is giving them oil at one-third, one-fourth or one-eighth of the market price in its 40-year contracts with them and ask them not to vote against Iran.

Again they are coming to auction off the nation. They are giving Iran's assets to Russia, England and France in the hopes they will do something to block these economic sanctions. These economic sanctions would completely block the assets of the mullahs in Europe, America and throughout the world.

These sanctions would not be applied against the nation of Iran. No, these sanctions would pertain only to the assets of these mullahs, the assets of Mr. Rafsanjani, the assets of Mr. Khamenei and the assets of all of these people who have sucked the blood of the Iranian nation for 28 years.

They to completely freeze all of these assets and make them inaccessible. We hope this happens, and we hope the nation of Iran, following these measures that will weaken the Iranian regime, will also take steps so this regime has no power in the world.

If these new economic sanctions are implemented and if the assets of the mullahs are impounded throughout the world this will weaken Iran's regime, and the nation of Iran must make use of this weakening of Iran's regime, because their weakness is power for the nation of Iran, and the nation of Iran must rise up with this power to pursue its interests.

Crossposted from Satellite News

Posted by John at March 22, 2007 9:32 PM

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