Newt Gingrich Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives and the Presidential candidate for 2012 election
Let me first thank all of you for being here. When the dictatorship finally collapses, when the people of Iran are finally free, your work, your commitment, and your voice will have been a serious part of why that happened. As an American, I’m here to tell you how much we need your voice. For 35 years we have followed a failed strategy of appeasement. We’ve tried to appease a religious dictatorship which has said again and again that its goal is to defeat us. We focus now temporarily on a nuclear weapon issue, but there’s a deeper fundamental issue. We will never be safe until the dictatorship is replaced and a free government exists in Iran.
Syria will never be peaceful as long as the dictatorship [in Iran] continues to fund and to help sustain the civil war. Iraq will never be peaceful as long as the dictatorship [in Iran] is continued to fund, and remember for all the talk about American advisors, there are more Iranian advisors in Iraq today than American and in fact it is the Iranians who dominate Maliki and he is their puppet.
Finally, we need your help in getting across to the American State Department that it has to be clear about who its friends are and who its enemies are. The people at Camp Liberty are our friends. They’re our allies. They deserve our support. They deserve our help. And we must convince the American State Department that it has it exactly backwards. It keeps finding excuses to work with Maliki, excuses to tolerate the dictatorship in Iran, excuses to do a whole range of things that are destructive. Not just to the United States, but to the future of freedom across the planet. What you’re doing is vital. I urge you don’t despair, don’t get frustrated, and don’t get impatient. Continue to fight for freedom in Iran.
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