|Phillip Crowley - 100,000 Believers In Democracy, Freedom, And Change|
|Thursday, 28 June 2012 20:20|
Paris, June 23 2012 - Thank you, thank you. The day has been very, very long. My remarks will be very, very short. One hundred thousand of you came here today because you believe in democracy, freedom and change. I am here to tell you that we hear you in the United States. [applause] And even more importantly, the regime in Tehran hears you as well, which is why they fear you as they do.
Now, one of the curious aspects of the State Department's position on the MEK is when it looks at a country in transition it looks at an opposition and says ions the opposition organized? I think we know the answer to that question. [applause] Is the organization united? We know the answer to that question. Does the opposition believe in democracy? We know the answer to that question. Is the democracy inclusive? We know the answer to that question. So as you cry for freedom, they even hear you in Foggy Bottom. We know what needs to be done when we leave here. We need to go out and get it done.
Now finally this is a day about imagining, imaging a very different future. Hopefully a day where our friends at Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty are out of harm's way. A day when an important country in a vital region of the world is led by a woman. [applause] And we have a country, Iran, that has a responsible and democratic government that is a constructive member of the international community, not a global pariah. So we all await that day, and perhaps one of these days we'll have this meeting not in Paris, but in Tehran.
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