We, at EMET, have long been admirers of the excellent work of
the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and in particular that of its
CEO, Mark Dubowitz. We find it utterly outrageous and beyond the pale that the
Islamic Republic of Iran, which remains the world’s foremost state sponsor of
terrorism, has issued threatening statements against our colleagues at FDD, and
against Mark Dubowitz, personally.
FDD is an independent think tank with no US government ties.
They offer thoughtful and insightful analysis on a variety of international
This past weekend, Mehr, the official Iranian news agency
issued a statement citing a law passed by the Iranian Parliament
saying, “Accordingly taking any actions by the judicial and security apparatuses
against the FDD and their Iranian and non-Iranian accomplices will be
considered legitimate as their actions are against Iran’s national security and
the interests of the Iranian people and government.”
It is an absolute shame that the people of Iran have been
held hostage by the brutal and repressive Islamic regime for 40 years. A regime
which allows no freedom or independent thought and analysis. It is therefore
incomprehensible to them that there can be independent think tanks and
organizations, free of government control.
We, at EMET, hope that one day the people of Iran can once
again live in an open and free society, such as ours. In the meantime, we offer
our strongest words of solidarity and support to our friends and colleagues at
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