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American freestyle wrestlers, from far left, Joa Heskett, from California, Mike Mena, from Indiana, and Samie Hensom, from New York, arrive at Mehrabad International airport in Tehran, Iran on Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, to participate in Takhti Wrestling Cup on Feb. 18 in Tehran.

15 posted on 02/16/2004 5:43:43 AM PST by F14 Pilot (Either you are with us or you are with the REGIME)
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A text from Senator Brownback webpage. I just wanted to share that with you here -- pilot


To date, Iran remains one of the leading state sponsors of terrorism -- supporting terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah among others. These terrorist organizations are largely behind the suicide bombers in Israel as well as bombings against U.S. interests in the region. It is largely believed that these groups are the reason that Middle East peace is so elusive because they commit violence every time any progress is made. Recent reports indicate that Iran's progress toward acquiring nuclear weapons is moving faster than anticipated with Iran likely possessing these weapons by 2005.

Democracy protests - An amazing thing is now happening inside Iran. The nation has been gripped by numerous protests -- led largely by university students and professors. These brave protesters oppose the terrorist regime in control of their country and speak out at the risk of death. Their numbers have been steadily growing. Iran today is a country where nearly 70% of the population is under the age of 30. These young people have known only repression and violence in their young lives. They feel they have nothing to lose. Nearly 7 years ago,so-called moderat reformers were overwhelmingly elected in Iran's very limited elections (The religious clerics pre-screen all candidates.) Sadly, since then, there have been no reforms. Now, the brave people of Iran are crying for a referendum -- a whole new government which respects human rights, religious liberty and the rule of law. I am proud to support this important movement. The United States must not engage with the current terrorist regime. To do so, would be to undermine the historic movement within Iran to take back their country.

How can you help? Inform your friends and community about this important issue. Write letters urging the passage of Senate Resolution 82 supporting the democracy dissidents in Iran which I have introduced in the Senate and Congressman Lantos has introduced in the House. It may seem like our support is not really that important, but in truth, democracy dissidents inside Iran tell me that it is crucial in helping to motivate the opposition and for them to know that there can be a strong future with the U.S. once they have re-claimed their ancient land.

http://brownback.senate.gov/LIIran.cfm

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:sres.00082:
16 posted on 02/16/2004 6:30:11 AM PST by F14 Pilot (Either you are with us or you are with the REGIME)
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