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the lives of at least 8 people Iran
Fox Business, December 28, 2009
Foreign Affairs Analyst and Iran Expert
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ďPresident Obama: We called upon the Iranian government to obey by the international obligations that it has to respect the rights of its own people."
Gentlemen good to see you. So Alireza first on president what he said was a shout out to the protestors enough today?
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Well it certainly not enough and it certainly is long overdue, this is something in much stronger that should have been said way back earlier this year, and specifically in June when the uprising mounted, when Neda the young women that fell, and the whole world watched her dying before the camera and so many other people got killed and we did not hear the kind of sympathy that the people of Iran deserve, instead it was reaching out to the leaders of Tehran, the killers of these people, the supreme leader Khamenei, and the president Ahmadinejad, I think the Obama administration should make a quick turnaround in its policy and reach out to the people rather than repressive rulers.
Well Neil, you know that when the French sound tougher than
Nile Gardiner: Well thatís a good point, we seen tougher rhetoric coming from the French and the Germans as appose to the rhetoric coming from Washington with regard to the situation in Iran and thatís really a humiliation for the US, as a global power, certainly Barrack Obama at his speech is Oslo made some strong words about standing up to evil, however there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever, that Barrack Obama is willing to do what is necessary to actually stand up to Evil in Iran.
David Asman: Letís hear that part of the speech of the Nobel Prize committee that you were talking about, letís play that and I was Alireza to respond.
ďPresident Obama: A non violent movement could not have halted Hitlerís armies. Negotiations can not convince Al-qaidas leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force may sometimes may be necessary is not a call to cynicisms, itís a recognition of history, the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.Ē
David Asman: And
you know Alireza, he didnít mention there the cold war, but
in fact Ronald Reagan made it a policy to win the cold war,
and he won it by doing two things; One, building up their
own defenses here in the US, but also by defending and
supporting the dissident movements everywhere around the
world that weíre fighting this regime, weather it was the
contras in the Nicaragua militarily or a solidarity helping
them out in terms of financial support. I donít see any of
that going on in
Thatís absolutely true, David, because in
David Asman: [Well] Alireza, I clearly believe that the Cold War strategy is the strategy that could be used here, but how do you do it delicately? I mean, even though Ronald Reagan publically was very open about his support for solidarity with anti-Soviet movements, he did it delicately, the CIA did it delicately. How do we do it now without giving too much information?
Well, you know, itís not that complicated. These people
donít need money, arms, they donít need communication
systems; itís already there. To the contrary, the
State Department, the
David Asman: We
know how brutal this regime is. It is awful, and the world
will be better off when it ends. But the question is
how do you do it. One way you donít do it, Neil, is by
sending a White House envoy, John Kerry, Senator John Kerry
Well it strikes me as a completely crazy idea, actually. I
didnít see how a visit by John Kerry to
I think that we need to have a
complete reassessment of the whole strategy towards
We need to be looking at
strengthening the sanctions regime against
David Asman: Well a great place to begin with would be to what Alireza said bringing the dissidents into the White House. That would be a tremendous effort and using the bully pulp of the White House the way it should be used.
Alireza Jafarzadeh is a FOX News Channel Foreign Affairs Analyst and the author of "The Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
Jafarzadeh has revealed Iran's terrorist network in Iraq and its terror training camps since 2003. He first disclosed the existence of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility and the Arak heavy water facility in August 2002.