“Myth: NIAC is hypocritical to oppose the Bush administration's "Democracy Fund" since it itself received funds from the National Endowment for Democracy.
Truth: With the support of grants from the National Endowment for Democracy, NIAC conducted nonpolitical trainings for non-governmental organizations (NGO's) in Iran to help foster a stronger Iranian civil society. Subsequently, in 2006, the Bush administration started the Iran "Democracy Fund" - a program explicitly intended to use Iranian NGO's to overthrow the Iranian regime…”
There are many who advocate for foreign governments helping Iranians in their struggle against the unreformable, stone-age barbaric Islamist Rapist Republic (IRR).
Based on the notion that accepting help comes with strings attached, these freedom advocates are constantly admonished by NIAC lobby and its demagogic propagandists.
How exactly the explanation from NIAC lobby disproves its inherent hypocrisy?
What documented proof NIAC lobby has for its unqualified assertion that “a program explicitly intended to use Iranian NGO's to overthrow the Iranian regime.”?
How do you overthrow a barbaric regime like IRR with NGOs?
Even if true, why is NIAC lobby so against overthrow of IRR which rapes, maims and murders Iranian men, women and children?
There are many other questions, NIAC lobby respond!
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NIAC Lobby response teamby Fred on Thu Sep 01, 2011 07:41 AM PDT
James D, presumably, the NIAC Lobby response team member,
The link to the longish NIAC Lobby source was provided in the blog.
Instead of referring to the same mentioned source in the blog, would you please ask you lifetime president to answer the question posed, which is the inherent hypocrisy of your employer.
There are many other questions, start with this one.
Weaksauceby James D. on Thu Sep 01, 2011 06:38 AM PDT
Why don't you quote the answer in full instead of trying to twist it around to suit your own purposes? When you dredge up issues from years ago and twist them around like this to continue your baseless attacks, you look silly.
Here's the full answer:
Truth: With the support of grants from the National
Endowment for Democracy, NIAC conducted nonpolitical trainings for
non-governmental organizations (NGO's) in Iran to help foster a stronger
Iranian civil society. Subsequently, in 2006, the Bush administration
started the Iran "Democracy Fund" - a program explicitly intended to use
Iranian NGO's to overthrow the Iranian regime. We witnessed firsthand
how the atmosphere in which Iranian NGO's operated inside Iran became
drastically worse due to these funds. Even though most Iranian activists
and human rights defenders refused to take any politicized funds, all
Iranian NGO's and their employees came under suspicion and threat from
the Iranian government after the Fund's creation.
Prominent Iranian pro-democracy and human rights activists -- such as
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi, investigative journalist Akbar
Ganji, Woodrow Wilson scholar Haleh Esfandiari and Human Rights Watch
-- have all come out forcefully against any politicized US government
funding for organizations inside Iran, because of the additional
security risk these funds pose to on-the-ground activists. NIAC believes
that it is critical for the United States to take the concerns and
perspective of pro-democracy human rights activists inside Iran
seriously. NIAC believes that any effort by the US government to help
the Iranian people must be supported by the Iranian people, and must not
endanger their lives.
For more information, see this report by the BBC.
I may be a part of the neo-con menaceby bushtheliberator on Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:37 AM PDT
I'm just an innocent Texan,but NIAC mails me twice daily ;
I've studied their policy toward Iran, but I won't be able to join unless they open a " Hang the IRI by the Neck Until Dead Caucus".