Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Iran Freedom Support Act

A favorite of this blog, Michael Ledeen, testified before the House International Relations Committee today on Iran. Thanks to Roger L. Simon for this excerpt.

Among the most chilling sentences in Ledeen testimony: "once Iran manages to put nuclear warheads on their intermediate range missiles, they might even be able to direct them against American territory from one or more of the Latin American countries with which the mullahs are establishing strategic alliances. The mullahs make no secret of their strategy; just a couple of weeks ago, when the leader of Hamas was received in honor in Tehran, a photograph of the event was released, in which there was a colorful poster of President Ahmadi-Nezhad and Supreme Leader Khamenei along with Castro, Morales and Chavez. The mullahs would be pleased to nuke Israel, and they would be thrilled to kill millions of Americans."

Mr. Ledeen goes on to say that the Iranians are killing Americans even today even without nuclear weapons, through support for terrorist suicide bombers worldwide and improvised explosive devices in Iraq. What to do? Mr. Ledeen suggests seizing the overseas assets of Iranian leaders and imposing a travel ban on them while openly embracing support for nonviolent regime change in Tehran. That means providing a strike fund for workers; servers, laptops, satellite and cellphones and phone cards for dissidents; and broadcasting into Iran interviews with experts on nonviolent revolution. All points worth keeping in mind as Congress considers the Iran Freedom Support Act.

Works for me so... faster, please?