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Expressing Sense of House Regarding Anniversary of Disputed Iranian Elections

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. BERKLEY. Madam Speaker, I want to thank the gentleman from California (Mr. Costa). We have worked on many issues, this being one of the most important, and I thank him for yielding some time to me.

It has been 1 year since Ahmadinejad and his thugs stole the election in Iran. The world watched with shock as 1 million Iranians took to the streets of Tehran to protest the so-called results of the sham election, and dismay as the protesters were cruelly squelched. The world was horrified as we watched a beautiful Iranian woman killed in the prime of her life as she peacefully protested the election results.

I stand with the people of Iran as they protest the continued denial of human rights and democracy by their illegal government. Iran's government is on a very dangerous path. They are the state sponsors of terrorism across the planet. They are the main sponsors of Hamas, and we watch Hamas cruelly treat the Palestinian people in the Gaza like animals more than people. We know that the Iranians are supporting Hezbollah in Lebanon and transporting weapons to them that could be used against Israel. We watch as they infiltrate South America through Venezuela, trying to spread their tentacles of hate and terrorism across the planet. We have a very serious problem with Iran. They will not join the family of civilized countries that are trying to improve this world. Quite the contrary. They are the main obstacle to peace everywhere.

In addition to their exporting of terrorism and supporting of terrorist organizations, the threat to wipe Israel off the map, what is this dangerous country doing? It is attempting to acquire nuclear weapons with all deliberate speed. When there is a president of a rogue nation that is supporting terrorism and terrorists across the planet, that is calling for the destruction of the State of Israel, that talks with great disparagement about western civilization, particularly the United States of America, when a country like this is attempting to acquire nuclear weapons, it is time for the world to wake up and recognize that they say what they mean, they mean what they say, and the Iranian Government must be stopped at all costs.

I stand with the Iranian people. I support them and I thank them for having the courage to stand up to their own government. It is not easy to do when you know if you stand up, chances are you will be killed. I thank them very much for doing that, and I thank the gentleman from California (Mr. Costa) for bringing this to our attention through this resolution.


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