Stop Fundamentalism â€“ Italyâ€™s Il Foglio reported on May 13 that hundreds of parliamentarians and political experts in Euorpe have signed and international call for the West to take firm actioin against Iranâ€™s support of terrorism.
In their statement the Parliamenterians and experts warn, â€œThrough intimidation and terror, the Iranian regime is changing the shape of the world community’s daily life and the West does not show any reaction.â€
â€œConcerned about the problems of adopting a correct and firm policy, the International Community hides itself behind minor technicalities,â€ the signatories further comment and add, â€œAfter three years of futile negotiations, diplomacy continues to pursue the same carrots and sticks approach, in the hope that this storm would finally come to an end. Some even try to calm the Iranian regime’s savagery by offering it "lucrative deals."
The signatories express their deep concerns about, â€œA lucrative deal!â€ and stress, â€œAs if the Tehran Mullahs could ever become a trustworthy partner or any partner at all.â€
The statement highlights the importance of hearing the voice of Iranian people, â€œAt the same the call by majority of Iranians is extremely silenced and forgotten and victimized by the so-called real politics. For the so-called pragmatists, human rights and democracy for Iranians is a romantic wish that could be a function of realities of political power… â€œ
On the issue of nuclear proliferations of Iranian regime, the statement comments, â€œThis is not an issue that could be deduced from discussions about enrichment of uranium or centrifuges. A serious and frank discussion about the nature and urgency of the Iranian threat cannot be postponed.â€
Signatories include: Ilan Berman, director of American Foreign Policy Council; Nir Bom, Vice-President of Center for Middle East Freedom; Max Boot, analyst of Council on Foreign Relations; Andrew Bostom, author of â€œThe legacy of Jihad: Islamic holy war and the fate of non-Muslimsâ€; Brent Budowsky, former counselor to U.S. Democratic Party; Paulo Casaca, Euro MP from Portugal; Andrew Cochran, Vice-President of Business Development & Government Affair; Joseph Cooper, Professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University and expert for the U.S. Congress; Thomas Cushman, director of Journal of Human rights and Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College; Leon de Winter, political commentator and author from the Netherlands; Amitai Etzioni, Professor of International Relations at George Washington University, D.C.; Alain Finkielkraut, philosopher from France; Victor Davis Hanson, analyst of Hoover Institute; David Frum, American analyst and former speech writer for President Bush; David B. Kopel, director of Independent Research Institute of Colorado; Bill Kristol, director of Weekly Standard; Matthias Küntzel, writer and political analyst from Germany; Michael Ledeen, American analyst of Enterprise Institute; Joshua Muravchik; analyst of American Enterprise Institute; Michael Oren, Professor of Harvard and Yale universities; Mark Palmer, American ambassador and writer; Daniel Pipes, author and director of Middle East Forum; Stephen Pollard, political commentator of the Times of London; Rev. Keith Roderick, representative of Christian Solidarity International and secretary General of Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights; Eliezer (Geizi) Tsafrir, author of â€œLabyrinth in Lebanonâ€; Marco Verweij. Dutch professor of political sciences at Singapore Management University; Ilan Weinglass, fellow at American Center of Democracy.