To: Assignment Desk and Daybook Editor
Contact: Carlos Espinosa, 202-225-7882
The Iran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus in the House of Representatives, co-chaired by Reps. Thomas Tancredo (R-Colo.) and Bob Filner (D-Calif.), will hold a briefing on "Iraq's Future: The Iranian Impact" on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 in room 2255 in Rayburn House Office Building.
The Iranian regime is keen to use Iraq as a springboard to foment Islamic fundamentalism throughout the entire Middle East. There is plenty of evidence that Iran's money, weapons and agents are fanning the flames of insurgency in Iraq. The liberation of Iran from the grip of the mullahs is an indispensable element for achieving a stable, democratic Iraq and a nuclear-free Middle East. However, freeing Iran will not require military intervention. Nor will the "appeasement policy" foster democracy in Iran. There is a "third option"; the corrupt fundamentalists in Iran can be defeated by Iranian people and their organized, democratic Resistance.
WHEN: May 10, at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: 2255 Rayburn HOB
The Iran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus (IHRDC) has invited the following distinguished guests, who will share their findings about Iraq and Iran, and answer questions.
-- Lt. Colonel Thomas Cantwell was the commander of the United States Military Police 324th Battalion that served in Iraq for more than a year. (2003)
-- Captain Vivian Gembara was in JAG forces as an attorney for the U.S. military for 4 years, and deployed in Iraq for 12 months, beginning in April 2003.
-- The Honorable Dr. Sa'd Abdullah Al-Jabouri, Former Iraqi governor of Diyala Province (2004-2005)
-- Dr. Kenneth Katzman is a specialist in Middle East affairs for the Congressional Research Service.
-- R. Bruce McColm, co-chair of Iran Policy Committee, president of the Institute for Democratic Strategies and Former president, International Republican Institute