Iranians emboldened (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) 01/27/05 1:00 a.m. Eastern)
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Millions of Iranians, glued to their TV sets to watch President
Bush´s inaugural address, warmly embraced his declaration to help
spread liberty to nations ruled by tyranny, according to a leading
Underground groups operating in the Middle East nation indicate that
in the days ahead, Iranians will increase their civil disobedience
against the radical Islamic regime through strikes and
demonstrations, said the Student Movement Coordination Committee for
Democracy in Iran.
The hope raised in the speech has been the main topic of conversation
in family and social gatherings and on the street in Iran, the group
said in a statement published by Front Page Magazine.
In his speech Thursday, the president pledged that "all who live in
tyranny and hopelessness can know the United States will not ignore
"When you stand for liberty," Bush said, "we will stand with you.
Democratic reformers facing prison or exile can know America sees you
for who you are, future leaders of your country."
The president said "as hope kindles hope, millions more will find it"
and "one day this untamed fire of freedom will reach the darkest
corners of our world."
After the speech, many Iranians were seen flashing the "V" sign or
raising their fists, the student group said.
The movement says its membership is made up of students inside and
outside of Iran along with Iranian professionals who "share the
students´ vision of a free, independent, democratic, secular and
Although Iranians often go out Thursday night, the start of the
weekend, many stayed home to watch or hear the speech and commentary
on Los Angeles-based Iranian satellite TV and radio networks.
Iranian opposition groups looking to the world´s superpower for moral
support and financial aid "are now becoming sure that Mr. Bush´s
agenda is indeed to help them to gain freedom, secularity and
democracy," the students´ statement said.
"They do believe correctly that such way will avoid an unnecessary
U.S. invasion or military strike against Iranian facilities which
will help the Mullahcracy to consolidate its illegitimate and
unpopular power, while causing heavy financial damages and human
The student group said that what has been missing is "firm and
noticeable world pressure on the Islamic regime and a trustable
oppposition council with a correct agenda."
Bush said last week his administration will not exclude the
possibility of using military force against Iran over its nuclear
Tehran has denied allegations of a secret weapons program, insisting
its nuclear activities are only for energy.
On Sunday, Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi called U.S. threats a
bluff and said a military strike would be a "strategic blunder."
"The Americans are stupid, but not so much to make the same mistake
which they made in Tabas," said Yunesi, referring to a failed
operation in 1980 ordered by President Carter to rescue hostages in
Tehran. (© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 01/27/05)
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