On January 29, 2004, Washington Post published an article by Ms. Robin Wright under the title of “Iranian Envoy a Guest of Congress.”
Naturally, both the message and the messenger of the aforementioned article outraged, baffled, and disappointed us!
We believe, the fundamental and essential obligation of any credible and reputable journalist, especially one parading as an authority on Iran, ought to be: To represent the facts, to be honest and truthful, and, above all, to inform without bias and self-promotion!
Ms. Wright is considered to be not only a journalist; she is a self-proclaimed expert on Islamic Republic and its players as well. Unfortunately, in the United States, others seem to believe this! Many defer to her knowledge and understanding of the theocratic regime in Iran; of course, we find this ludicrous and nothing more than self-promotion; but that is beside the point! For someone who claims to know every minute detail of the regime we find it repulsive how she, continuously and constantly, hides the truth and the reality about the grotesque nature of the terrorist Islamic Republic, its actors, and its agents.
At the outset, the title she has chosen for the article is misleading. The correct title is:
Iranian Terrorist a Guest of Congress!
Moreover, in the article it was reported that Mr. Mohammed Javad Zarif, the representative of the terrorist regime of the Islamic Republic that is occupying Iran, “had visited Washington yesterday to meet with a bipartisan congressional group, the latest in a string of recent overtures by both nations.”
According to Ms. Wright, “the visit comes a week after Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi met with Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.), the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.”
She further elaborates that Mr. Zarif had a private meeting and an interview before the congressional dinner; in addition, elucidating: “Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio) and Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) hosted the private dinner, attended by about half a dozen members of the House and Senate.”
It is ironic that Ms. Wright describes Mr.Zarif’s itinerary in detail: Private talks, meetings, interviews and private dinner, hosted by the members of Congress, yet, she omits to inform the public about Messrs. Zarif’s and Kharrazi's background. She forgets to mention a small item that they are both terrorists themselves and that their claim to fame, their ascend in the echelon of the Islamic Republic, is due to the fact that they were among the Islamist student leaders who had captured the Americans at the Embassy in Tehran, Iran.
The truth remains that Messrs. Zarif and Kharrazi were directly involved and responsible for the capture, internment, and torture of the American hostages who were held in their brutal grip for over a year! Try as they might, they cannot cover or hide; their identity and past are well known.
We wonder, how is it possible that the representative of a terrorist regime--listed as such by the United States government--the very terrorist who is directly responsible for the captivity of American diplomats could be invited as a special guest in the hallowed chambers of the United States Congress?
How is it that Ms. Wright, a self-proclaimed specialist of the Islamic Republic, an often guest of the regime, one who visited Iran on numerous occasions, can deny the American public this vital information? After all, the fact that Messrs. Kharrazi and Zarif were the original captors of the American hostages is widespread and well-publicized information! This is their badge of honor they have been wearing with pride for over two decades!
We ask: Ms. Wright, don’t you think you owed the truth, at least, to those members of Congress before they began coddling and praising Mr. Zarif or prior to Senator Specter appearing on CNN and publicly admiring this terrorist? Indeed, one wonders how you and others would be able to look those American hostages in the eye and explain this fiasco and embarrassment to them?
The American public and even those who, out of naiveté or sheer ignorance, believe in the sham of “reformers” and advocate “engagement “ with this terrorist regime would be outraged once they learn the truth.
To her we say: Madam, honesty and integrity should be the foundation and the moral compass of a trustworthy journalist and a so-called expert of your stature--but alas.
As for the honorable members of Congress, we find it bewildering, extremely regrettable and inconceivable that such distinguished members of the United Stated Congress, namely: Senator Biden, Senator Specter, Representative Ney and others, knowing the human rights record, the atrocities of the Islamic Republic, and, above all, the deep hatred and resentment of the Iranian masses for the occupying regime of the Mullahs, could turn their backs on the Iranian people and their aspirations for freedom. More puzzling is that, recognizing the regime for what it is, they cuddle not only the terrorist regime but also the actual terrorists themselves; the very ones who have harmed American citizens!
Though there are doubts about their true motives and rationale for supporting the regime, to those members of Congress who fall for the charade of a divided government, the false labels of “Hard-liners” and Reformers,” and subsequently advocate “Engagement” with the regime we say:
The totality of the terrorist theocratic regime in Iran is economically, socially, and morally bankrupt and on the verge of disintegration. To survive, the regime is in desperate need of foreign investment; of course, to be looted by the corrupt Mullahs and their brood. To be able to continue their atrocities unimpeded they need the support of the United States. Such attempts by the members of United States Congress, no matter how well intended, will only sustain the barbaric regime and prolong the suffering of the Iranian people. Simply put:
For us, for the Iranian people: You are either with us or with the regime!!
And, we repeat: You are either with us or with the regime!!
As students and the immediate victims of this regime, and on behalf of the entire population of Iran, we call upon all the decent and caring American people who believe in human rights, liberty, freedom and justice to contact their representatives in Congress and put a stop to this travesty.
The "Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran" (SMCCDI)