Thursday March 20th, Iranians will ring in the New Year. The Iranian New Year “Norouz” meaning “new day,” always begins on the first day of spring. It represents two ancient symbolic concepts: End and Rebirth, or, more specifically, the end of evil and rebirth of good.
Awaiting arrival of Norouz, Iranians prepare the haft sin. Parents would tell their childrenabout the haft sin, or the seven ‘S’s. The haft sin sofreh includes seven items starting with the letter S: sabzeh: sprouts, which symbolize rebirth;samanu: a sweet pudding made from wheat germ symbolizing affluence; senjed: the dried fruit of the oleaster tree, symbolizing love; siib: apple, which symbolize beauty; somaq: sumac, symbolizing sunrise; serkeh: vinegar, symbolizing age and patience; and sombol: hyacinth, to denote the coming of spring.
For the remaining thirteen days of our New Year celebration, Iranians gather together and party. Relatives come and visit the older members of the family and then in return, the elders would pay their respect by visiting them back. On the last day, as is the tradition, Iranians go picnicking in the suburbs area, dancing, singing, and playing outside until the night forces them back to their homes.
The clerical establishment ruling Iran have long tried to stop Iranians from celebrating their long tradition of Norouz, the people of Iran though under suppression, have not given in and continue to be proud of their Persian heritage.
Lets us pray that with this New Year love will conquer hate and that the people of Iran will see the freedom they deserve.
A message from Mr. Hussein Boroujerdi, prisoner of conscience, who writes from his cell in Evin prison, to emphasize that the anniversary march, is not proof of the regime adequacy.
Full Text below:
Once again, the month of Bahman is upon us and the shame and scandal that tainted the pages of human history; for over thirty-five years, the obscenity and illicitness of an irrational revolution, blackened the entire area and gutted Iran from border to border.
The Decade of Fajr is the record of a inculpable nation who are punished for their devotion to God, for being true to their morality and faith’s canons; but they were so badly burned by the red hot brand of religion, that for generations to come, there will be no sign of Islam. The Shah’s rule saturated society with faith and ignited the passion for the ‘Shia family’ (Ahl al-Bayt) among people, that they gambled everything they had on the Shia authority. Keeping one’s faith became the price of the whims and perversities of the power-grabbing clergy who were and are the main reason for the downfall of religious values. And now the religion of the rulers has emptied the hearts of the people from any will to be bamboozling clerics and has filled them with hatred, revenge, contempt for anything and everything that smacks of Islam. As a result of the monarchic Mullahs ceaseless lies and the teflon accusations of the regime-run media, we have a country whose problems and troubles are unprecedented and non-existent anywhere in the world.
Today, the gangs of authoritarian regime insiders celebrate their anniversary; they gather around a sumptuous table with full and brimming pockets and then kick up their heels and dancing on the corpses of innocent peasants and a crushed nation. Expenses for the coronation ceremonies held for the supreme leader and plans for the celebrations of the revolution, along with the marching herds, is a dagger which tears at ill-fated Iranian year after year. Now I ask the world, does march somehow prove this regime adequacy? Do all those who are out on the streets of Tehran and other cities, comprise the collective voices of seventy seven million population of Iran?
The Evil murdering rulers claim that every citizen of our country is a follower and fan of their revolution! And we say that the overwhelming majority of the children of this land, systematically oppose political Islam. As proof, the December 30th, 2013 (9th of the month of Dey, 1392) rally which cost large sums of money was a show of force by the regime’s own supporters; however when the regime forces turned up in Palestine Square in Tehran and saw the embarrassingly thin turn out and real lack of support, the Basiji commander Mohammad-Reza Naghdi walked out for fear of being discredited. The fact is that if the God-hating and blasphemous regime elite do not act violently, those who oppose them and their revolution, and their so-called Republic, would pour out into the streets, so that the people of the world could get a good look at the hidden realities inside this ravaged country.
Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year. May this Christmas be magical and may you all become overwhelmed by love and joy with this special season. I pray for peace on earth and for the world to witness a new beginning in which evil ceases to exist and where we will joyfully celebrate the freedom of people of Iran from this brutal regime. Wishing you all good health, happiness and prosperity.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani openly bragged of shepherding a major expansion of Iran’s uranium enrichment programs a decade ago, when he led Iran’s negotiations with the West that were seeking to limit those programs. He still serves the continuing objectives and policies of Iran’s same supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that call for destroying the “little Satan” Israel and the “great Satan” America. Rouhani’s current approach, which many describe as “moderate,” actually promises more of the same under Khamenei. Thus, Iran’s alleged moderate approach provides cover for achieving a uranium and/or plutonium nuclear capability—possibly within months. Will U.S. and other Western Diplomats again be taken in by Rouhani’s softer diplomatic approach than the bombastic pronouncements of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who also served the wishes of Khamenei? Stay tuned.
Last Sunday’s New York Timeshopeful editorial projected that all eyes at today’s United Nations General Assembly will be on Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, hoping he will provide “concrete evidence” that he is more willing than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to engage more constructively with the West. Ahmadinejad, you may recall, insisted on proceeding with Iran’s nuclear program, denied the Holocaust and seemed unconcerned as his country slipped into deeper economic distress. Now, the economic pain of effective sanctions may have persuaded the Ayatollah to change horses midstream without actually changing course.
The Times correctly noted that Rouhani has a sophisticated, Western-savvy team including his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who received degrees from American universities and spent most of his adult life in the United States. They have raised expectations for a more constructive role, via a charm offensive in full swing with policy wonks, journalists and business people at invitation-only breakfasts, dinners and meetings during this week. As a prelude, they included signals to the Jewish community (including world-wide Rosh Hashana greetings via Twitter) suggesting peaceful future relations with Israel. In setting the stage for his speech today, he—allegedly a “moderate conservative,” announced yesterday that he will present a new “true face of Iran.”
In warning of things to come, I joined Reza Kahlili in noting that Rouhani had openly boasted that when he led Iran’s negotiations with the West on Iran’s nuclear programs, between October 2003 and August 2005, Iran’s 150 centrifuges grew to over 1,700. (Reza Kahlili is a pseudo name of a counterterrorism expert who served in CIA Directorate of Operations as a spy in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. He currently serves on the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, an advisory board to Congress, and the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran.) Click here for Reza’s latest report, including a link to the video of Rouhani’s interview—watch his body language, which illustrates his obvious pride in deceiving the West.
The high points of his comments on his 2003-2005 progress are summarized below. In the video, Rouhani summed up the purpose of his negotiations and his strategy—which should provide some insight for his current charm offensive: “We needed time” to complete the uranium enrichment. Iran invited Britain, France and Germany to engage in the so-called E-3 talks and successfully sought to get them to block U.S. efforts to transfer the Iranian nuclear dossier to the United Nations, which might have provided more scrutiny of Iran’s programs and inhibiting sanctions.
Rouhani called Iran’s widely publicized claim that it stopped its nuclear program in 2003 a statement for the uneducated and admitted that the program not only did not stop, it significantly expanded during and after his tenure as Chief Negotiator. By 2005, there were over 3000 spinning centrifuges, growing to over 10,000 today.
The Past as Prologue?
Fast forward to today—in view of Rouhani’s record of deceit and his recent offer to negotiate on Tehran’s nuclear program—and his reported exchange of letters with President Obama as we have approached today’s “crunch time” at the United Nations. Will they meet? To what end? And to quote a previous Secretary of State in a somewhat different example of deception in high places (Benghazi), “What difference does it make?”
Last August 9th in the New York Times, Amos Yadlin and Avner Golov argued regarding “Iran’s Plan B for the Bomb” that “it would be dangerous to think that Iran’s proposal for negotiations alone would pave the way for a deal”—and that any effective negotiation must deal with three dimensions:
Uranium enrichment from a low level (3.5 percent to 19.75 percent) to weapons-grade level (90 percent);
Iran’s progress toward a quick “breakout capability” through the stockpiling of large quantities of low-enriched uranium that could be further enriched rapidly to provide weapons-grade fuel; and
Iran’s parallel track to a nuclear capability through the production of plutonium.
Yadlin, a former chief of Israeli military intelligence and now director of Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies (where Golov is a researcher), and Golov acknowledge Iran’s thousands of centrifuges and enough low-enriched uranium permits Iran to produce several nuclear bombs if it chooses to further enrich the fuel. At the same time they might not cross what is perceived as Israel’s red line: 240 kilograms (about 530 pounds) of uranium enriched to a level of 19.75 percent. And they quoted Western experts Graham T. Allison Jr. (Director of Harvard’s Belfer Center and a Former Assistant Secretary of Defense), Olli Heinonen (Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center and a former deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency) and a recent Institute for Science and International Security report to note that:
If Iran decided to develop a bomb today, it could do so within three to five months—and at the current pace of installation, Iran could reduce its breakout time to just one month by the end of this year, and by mid-2014 to less than two weeks.
Yadlin and Golov also emphasized the near-term possibility of an Iranian plutonium bomb—via a heavy-water reactor in Arak that could become operational in time to produce weapons-grade plutonium next summer. Note that of the three countries that have publicly crossed the nuclear threshold since the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty entered into force in 1970, two — India and North Korea — did so via the plutonium track.
At his last United Nations session (September 2012), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu focused on uranium enrichment, reinforcing the wide perception of the Iranian nuclear program. This year’s update of his “red line” analysis should include Iran’s potential to attain such a swift breakout capability using uranium—and should add a concern about Iran’s possible ability to build a plutonium bomb without detection. Time is running out.
An inescapable bottom line is that, despite U.N., U.S. and European sanctions, the Islamic regime never halted its nuclear program and have inched ever closer to production of nuclear bombs—they are now dangerously close to their goal. Its decade of negotiations with the West bought time to make gains in both its nuclear and missile programs. As the world community—and especially the United States—considers Rouhani’s charm offensive including a Washington Post OpEd companion to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s lecture to the American people in the New York Times, it should also carefully consider what might be next in the unfolding events of the Middle East—where U.S. recent dithering leadership seems to have given the baton to Russia and undertaken a cheerleader role. Certainly, Israel will.
It seems like eons ago that the President’s alleged outrage over Assad’s alleged use of Chemical Weapons to kill innocent civilians and especially children warranted an “unbelievably small” but remarkably effective attack on Syria—which it is claimed so impressed the leaders of Russia and Syria that Russia’s Vladimir Putin took the baton from a seemingly off-hand comment by Secretary of State Kerry and shifted attention to an alleged historic agreement that allegedly would eliminate in record time the chemical weapon stockpile of his client Syrian President Bashar Havez al-Assad. Is this a comedy or a tragedy?
To be sure, such an achievement would historic indeed if ever realized—and most of the world’s media is eagerly anticipating such good news. Seemingly forgotten is the long standing alliance between Russia, Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and other unsavory elements—an orchestra now being directed by Putin. Surely, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not been fooled—his comments at the U.N. General Assembly should be interesting.
In about a year or so Assad and Putin will announce that they “think” they might have in theory rounded up a lot of the WMD, and will soon make plans to turn it over to “authorities,” subject to further negotiations.
John Kerry will periodically announce that “his” plan has worked and that Assad still cannot kill with WMD any of those he kills by other means, as Obama adds that Putin still “owns” the crisis and that the U.S. keeps all options on the table.
Assad will stay in power, given his own ability to use Russian weapons to stalemate the insurgents, who increasingly become even more unsympathetic and up the profile of Islamist groups in their midst. We may see 200,000 total casualties, to the extent they are reported, by this time next year.
Europe and the U.N. will decide that they really don’t much care what Assad or his enemies do.
Most in the region will still argue over who is the new outside arbiter, a militarily and economically stagnant Russia under a canny and audacious authoritarian, or a once overwhelmingly strong U.S. led by Hamlet.
Iran will follow the Assad model—welcoming Russian support, and, like Assad, swearing off any intention to ever use WMD, as it requests new rounds of negotiations, and its leaders give TV interviews to showcase their new moderate and engaged attitude.
Obama will reference “Bush” and “Iraq” if ever asked about what’s up in Syria.
The American public will have a vague idea that about a year earlier something happened sometime to someone in Syria, but what and when and where and why they are not quite sure.
A periodic op-ed in the New York Times will deplore the ongoing violence in Syria.
Ignore the above if Assad is stupid enough to use WMD yet one more time just to embarrass further the U.S.; the pressure on Obama would be such that he really would have to order an unbelievably small shot across the Syrian bow.
I would also recommend the discussion of why we should be skeptical of Rouhani’s charm offensive by my fellow Independent Working Group member, Ilan Berman.
In any case, if negotiations with Iran should resume, Western leaders should increase their current leverage — sanctions and credible military threats. They should ensure that any future agreement with Iran addresses all the above three dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program, and we should increase our support for programs to defend against the growing possibility that Iran may succeed in getting nuclear-armed ballistic missiles that can attack the U.S. homeland as well as our overseas troops and allies.
Moderate messages from Tehran should not be allowed to camouflage Iran’s continuing progress toward their goals—especially given President Rouhani’s record of deception coupled with his image of moderation.
Implications for America.
A nuclear armed Iran is far more important to our national security interest than other distractions associated with the above unfolding pattern of events. Don’t imagine that Israel is the only nation threatened by Iranian nuclear arms. The United States is as well—particularly when such weapons are mated to ballistic missiles that can be launched from Iran or off our coasts to attack us. And as we have repeatedly pointed out we have significant vulnerabilities—particularly from a high altitude nuclear explosion over the United States that creates an electromagnetic pulse (EMP).
I again repeat for emphasis, if/when Iran gets nuclear weapons and can mate them to ballistic missiles that they already have, they will pose an existential threat to the United States in any of the following ways:
Nuclear-armed ICBM attacks over the North Pole—we need to strengthen our current defenses, especially for the Eastern Seaboard; congress is aware of this problem and pressing for improvements—though recent statements by Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, suggest that funding for these programs may not be available in the appropriations currently being considered.
Nuclear-armed satellite attacks over the South Pole—we are vulnerable to this mode of attack, which Iran (and North Korea) may have practiced; and this clearly possible threat appears to be being ignored.
Nuclear-armed short, medium, or intermediate range missiles launched from vessels off our coasts—we are vulnerable to this mode of attack, but could employ Aegis ships normally near or on our coasts to provide limited defenses if we trained their crews to do so. Aegis Ashore sites, like those to be built in Romania and Poland, also could address this problem. The administration is supposed to address this issue next year in response to a congressional directive.
Nuclear-armed short, medium or intermediate range missiles launched from the south—from the vessels in the Gulf of Mexico or from Latin America—and we are totally vulnerable and will require the deployment of effective defenses to counter such attacks. Aegis Ashore sites could provide this defense. The administration is also supposed to address this issue next year in response to the same congressional directive.
Any of these attack modes can detonate a nuclear weapon above the United States to create an EMP that could cause irreparable damage to the key large transformers of the electric power grid—and under certain well known conditions that could cause a complete failure of the electric power grid for an indefinite period. The ultimate result anticipated by credible experts could be that the consequent chaos would lead to the death of several hundred million Americans within the following year.
Thus, it is very important to harden the electric power grid so that if an attacking missile gets through the defense and detonates its nuclear weapon high above the United States, we will not lose our electric power indefinitely. If we can accomplish this hardening of the electric power grid, then we will have a good chance of reinstating other critical infrastructure upon which our survival depends. Such hardening will also protect us against EMP from the solar storms. For a more complete summary of these issues, see our August 2ndemail.
In addressing these concerns, it should be emphasized that the federal government’s first duty is to provide for the common defense. Providing effective missile defenses and hardening the electric power grid as quickly as possible should be a national priority.
High Frontier Plans.
We at High Frontier will continue to stick to our knitting, by seeking as quickly as we can to inform “the powers that be” of existential threats to the American people—as we have discussed in our emails for many months—and to urge them to “provide for the common defense” as charged by the Constitution they are sworn to uphold. Hopefully, key federal authorities and members of congress will soon begin to deal more effectively with the existential threat posed by natural and manmade electromagnetic pulse.
But frankly, we have come to doubt that Washington will act in an expeditious way. Thus, we are also taking the message to grass roots America. Our local and state authorities need to understand these issues and what they might do if their federal representatives continue to fail “to provide for the common defense.” The end of this month, I will be in the Florida panhandle, seeking to advise the folks there of their absolute vulnerability against ballistic missiles launched from the Gulf of Mexico—and what can be done about it if only their representatives do their jobs.
In particular we will be observing that it would be wise for the Florida state legislature to follow Maine’s initiative and harden the electric power grid in Florida, while holding the Washington authorities accountable for their oath to provide for the common defense. Hopefully, in joining such an effort, other states will be encouraged for follow them.
And what can you do?
Join us at High Frontier in seeking to alert the public and your local and state authorities to the existential threats posed by both man-made and natural EMP events—and what can be done about these threats.
We can use your help in spreading this information to the grass roots and to encourage all “powers that be” to provide for the common defense as they are sworn to do. Will you do your part?
A dozen years ago America was knocked to its knees as fanatical jihadists slammed hijacked airliners into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 innocent people. While we were on our knees, we prayed for those we lost, including a new wave of American heroes: the first responders and passengers aboard the hijacked airliners. We also prayed for resolve and guidance as the War on Terror was being launched before our horrified eyes.
When America got off its knees, the world witnessed a new determination for international justice. As we reflect now on the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, let us remember the price we paid on that day and the price we pay every day for freedom. And let us pray again for those we lost not only on 9/11, but the brave military personnel in the ensuing years who gave the “last full measure of devotion.”
In a newly revealed videotape of a pre-election interview, Iran’s new president bragged about deceiving the West over the Islamic regime’s illicit nuclear program and claimed credit for vastly expanding it.
Hassan Rowhani, dubbed a “moderate and reformist” by worldwide media in June after his election, took the oath of office Sunday with the blessing of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
However, the video shows Rowhani is anything but a moderate, one who not only is committed to the ideals and goals of the Islamic regime but one who proudly boasted of his deceptions during his tenure as the regime’s nuclear negotiator starting in October 2003 in talks with France, Britain and Germany.
“The day that we invited the three European ministers (to the talks), only 10 centrifuges were spinning at (the Iranian nuclear facility of) Natanz,” Rowhani said on the tape. “We could not produce one gram of U4 or U6 (uranium hexafluoride). … We did not have the heavy-water production. We could not produce yellow cake. Our total production of centrifuges inside the country was 150.”
But then Rowhani admitted the purpose of prolonged negotiations: “We wanted to complete all of these — we needed time.”
He said the three European ministers promised to block the U.S. desire to transfer the Iran nuclear dossier to the United Nations, using veto power if necessary. He called Iran’s claim that it stopped its nuclear program in 2003 a statement for the uneducated and admitted that the program not only was not stopped but was significantly expanded under his tenure.
While President George W. Bush was increasing pressure on Iran in 2007, a report by American intelligence agencies concluded that Iran halted its nuclear program in 2003 and that the program had remained frozen since.
In the interview, Rowhani said that when he took over the country’s nuclear project, the country’s 150 centrifuges grew to over 1,700 by the time he left the project.
“Do you know when Bushehr’s (Iran nuclear power plant) first phase was completed? The beginning of 2004,” Rowhani said on the tape. “Do you know when the next phase was inaugurated? The fall of 2004. Do you know when the project was completed? March of 2005. How about the heavy-water plant? Do you know when the production started? The summer of 2004. Do you know when yellow cake was produced? The winter of 2004. Do you know when the number of centrifuges reached 3,000? In 2005.”
Then Rowhani made his boldest statement: “We did not stop, we completed the program.”
He said that Iran’s nuclear activity was under the supervision of the supreme leader and that he, as Khamenei’s representative, was to make sure of this deceit.
So the question remains, would the U.S. and Europe engage in the same old song and dance allowing the Islamic regime time or have they learned their lesson by now?
Originally broadcast on NBC, the Emmy-nominated ancestry show “Who Do You Think You Are?” has just kicked off its fourth season on TLC. Each week a celebrity embarks on an eye-opening journey to trace his or her roots. This official companion guide will help you to do the same. It offers everything for charting your family history, from how to find clues from old photographs, to tracking down legal certificates and which online resources are best for what purpose.
A TIME TO BETRAY
2 By Reza Kahlili (Simon & Schuster, $16)
After returning to his beloved Iran from studying in the United States, Kahlili became concerned about the changes under Ayatollah Khomeini‘s dark regime. With the hopes of being able to make a difference, Reza joined the elite Revolutionary Guards of Iran, where he witnessed first-hand the horrors and took drastic action to save his country. “A Time To Betray” is the deeply moving and exhilarating memoir of a man who led a double life spying for the Americans to save the Iranian people.
DARWIN’S GHOSTS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF EVOLUTION
3 By Rebecca Stott (Spiegel & Grau, $17)
Stott explores the history of the natural philosophers whose works contributed to Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection. After being accused of taking credit for an idea that others began developing before him, Darwin tried to trace those who laid the groundwork for his theory, but many already had been forgotten by history. Stott recounts the evolving discoveries of these brilliant minds, from Aristotle, Al-Jahiz and da Vinci to Alfred Wallace and Darwin himself.
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This story is being circulated around the world~~~please keep it going.
Please, think twice before complaining.
We take so many things in life for granted.
We have been so blessed in our country…
Freedom is not free and never has been. It is earned and fought for.
When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard……to listen to his son whine about being bored.
….to keep a straight face when people complain about potholes.
To be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work.
…to be understanding when a co-worker complains about a bad night’s sleep.
..to be silent when people pray to God for a new car.
..to be compassionate when a businessman expresses a fear of flying.
….to keep from laughing when anxious parents say they’re afraid to send their kids off to summer camp.
….to keep from ridiculing someone who complains about hot weather.
….to control his frustration when a colleague gripes about his coffee being cold.
….to remain calm when his daughter complains about having to walk the dog.
…..to be civil to people who complain about their jobs.
…..to just walk away when someone says they only get two weeks of vacation a year.
….to be forgiving when someone says how hard it is to have a new baby in the house.
The only thing harder than being a Soldier… Is loving one.
I was asked to pass this on and I will gladly do so!! Will you??? No one has been able to explain to me why young men and women serve in the U.S. Military for 20 years, risking their lives protecting freedom, and only get 50% of their pay on retirement. While Politicians hold their political positions, in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these same men and women, and receive full-pay retirement after serving one term. It just does not make any sense.
If each person who receives this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.
Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”
Will you pass on this request and support such amendment?
“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice,” and these brave soldiers have given you that choice.
On this 4th of July, let us remind ourselves of the sacrifices made by courageous souls to give us freedom and let us salute all the men and women who throughout history have put their lives on the line for the value of liberty to keep America the shining light of freedom.
Independence Day represents the spirit of those courageous souls, with their deep devotion to God, who made great sacrifices to make America the greatest nation on earth. People from all parts of the world came to America to pursue the dream of freedom, justice, equality and dignity for humankind. America became the land where the impossible became possible and the sky became the limit for the aspirations of its people; where the desire for freedom and innovation changed the world forever.
Let us remember the sacrifices of those before us who plowed through hardship, pain and hopelessness to help America rise up above all and who gave the world a reason to look forward. Let us remember on this day that, as an American, we bear the responsibility to carry on our duty to the very principles that made this country the shining light for freedom and democracy. Let us remember that in greatness, we must be great; that through our devotion to Almighty God, we will never sidestep our principles; that we will leave a better America, for the future generations and for the world, than the one we inherited.
God bless America and God bless those who sacrifice their lives to defend freedom, not only for America, but for all humankind.
In Keeping the EMET tradition of honoring righteous Muslims, Persians, and Arabs who have bravely spoken out against radical Islam, and its hatred of Jews and Israel, this year EMET is proud to bestow the Speaker of TruthAward to honor a courageous defender of truth, Reza Kahlili
We, at EMET are proud that we are the first Jewish, pro-Israel organization, who has taken it upon itself to say thank you to those incredibly courageous Muslims, former Muslims, Persians or Arabs who have risked everything, including exclusion from their family and friends, exclusion from their community, and even their very lives, to speak the truth about the Islamist assault on Western civilization as we know it.
People like those we will be hearing from tonight, such as Reza Kahlili should be awarded, praised, and feted for their unparalleled courage. They have managed to penetrate down through the layers and layers of societal bias and hatred, and reached down to what makes us all human. I do not know, if I were in their place, if I would be as courageous. They are among the very best specimens that humanity has to offer.
And we are proud tonight to honor those, who have dared to think outside of the box; who dare to stand with Israel, who dare to stand for the cause of human freedom and to stand against the mounting forces of radical Islam. We are proud to have with us today such heroes such in the struggle as Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett and Mrs Annette Lantos, who will accept the Award in memory of the late Rep. Tom Lantos; Rep. Jeff Duncan; Senator Ted Cruz; Brett Stephens of the Wall Street Journal and courageous author and speaker of the truth: Reza Kahlili.