Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The committee on the present danger calls for 'regime change' in Iran

Members of The Committee on the Present Danger: James Woolsey the former Director of the CIA, George Schultz the former U.S. Secretary of State, Senator Joseph Lieberman and Senator Jon Kyl:

Nearly a century ago, Iran adopted a constitution that established freedoms for its citizens - that have been lost. The Ruling regime sponsors terrorism, represses human rights, jails dissidents, oppresses women, and is determined to have nuclear weopons. We believe the United States's policy objective must be regime change in Iran.

Among the measures the CPD calls for:

  • Sanctions imposed by the U.N. Security Council;
  • Embargo on oil and ban of any foreign direct investment in Iran;
  • Building a legal case against the Islamic regime's supreme leader and its current president for torture and murder of Iranians and incitation to genocide;
  • Appointment by the U.S. President of a "Point Person" who would speak to Iranians and would dramatize the plight of political prisoners;
  • More energetic and effective assistance to pro-democracy activists in Iran;
  • Sharply increased support for U.S. based pro-democracy Iranian satellite TV stations: The US Government's Farsi language Radio Farda ("tomorrow") and several hours weekly of Voice of America television are a beginning but not enough if we are going to effectively communicate with the Iranian people. Furthermore, these outlets do not always convey a coordinated U.S. policy message. They should even if it means making staff changes. At least $ 10 million annually should be appropriated to assist independent televison, radio and internet communications with the Iranian people.
  • Ancillary pressure on Tehran by asking from the Lebanese Army to disarm Hezbollah and to restore the Lebanese sovereignty and freedom.

The advent of Ahmadinejad, with his inflammatory rhetoric - frequently reiterated - makes it clear that we should adopt a determined and muscular policy aimed at non-violent regime change in Iran. The means can range from moral support for a student-led effort to demand a national referendum in favor of a constitution based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the various elements described in this paper and other elements that will be formulated as circumstances dictate.