Funding Democracy Or War? - Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (countercurrents.org,
December 22): The "Iran Democracy Fund" was recently awarded $60 million. There
seems to be neither rhyme nor reason to this re-appropriation, especially since
more than two dozen Iranian American and human rights groups appealed to
Congress to eliminate the program given that the program had backfired,
undermining democracy efforts in Iran and leading to wider repression of
activists. The Iraq agenda was so important to the Bush administration that the
White House had even formed an interagency "Iraq Public Diplomacy group"
comprised of NSC, CIA, Pentagon, State and USAID staffers. The Iraq Public
Diplomacy Group created the "Iraqi Voices for Freedom" -- voices which spoke of
Saddam?s brutality and torture, while they made themselves available for
interviews, especially to foreign press (non-American).