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    Dear axel000 . . .

    The plan is in place.  The stage is set.  Many Persians feel certain Bush will bomb Iran.  Sadly, most also trust that none of this would be if the United States had not been involved.  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is less powerful and popular than George W. Bush.  Indeed, Bush and America has helped to create the current crisis.  I offer . . .
    US Policy; Attack Adversaries. Appease Americans. No Diplomacy

    Last year, the administration requested and received $75 million from Congress to "bring" democracy to Iran.

    Some of the $75 million has been devoted to the U.S.-funded Radio Farda, Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, as well as to VOA satellite TV, which are beaming Persian programs into Iran. Other portions have been given secretly to exiled Iranian groups, political figures and nongovernmental organizations to establish contacts with Iranian opposition groups.

    But Iranian reformists believe that democracy can't be imported. It must be indigenous. They believe that the best Washington can do for democracy in Iran is to leave them alone. The fact is, no truly nationalist and democratic group will accept such funds.

    According to the Algiers Accord that the United States signed with Iran in 1981 to end the hostage crisis, noninterference in Iran's domestic affairs is one of Washington's legal obligations.

    The secret dimension of the distribution of the $75 million has also created immense problems for Iranian reformists, democratic groups and human rights activists. Aware of their own deep unpopularity, the hard-liners in Iran are terrified by the prospects of a "velvet revolution" and have become obsessed with preventing contacts between Iranian scholars, artists, journalists and political activists and their American counterparts.

    It is only the giving that makes us what [who] we are. - Ian Anderson. Betsy L. Angert

    by Bcgntn on Mon Jul 14, 2008 at 09:16:46 AM PDT

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