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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on October 12th, 2011
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)

AIC Statement on Alleged Assassination Plot in Washington D.CThe American Iranian Council is deeply disturbed with the news regarding the alleged murder plot against the Saudi Ambassador to the United States. We strongly condemn this despicable act and stand with all Americans seeking an end to violence and acts of terrorism. We are pleased that the plot was foiled by the law enforcement agencies before it could lead to bloodshed.

The Iranian-American community has been an integral and successful part of the American society and shares the security concerns we face and categorically condemns this plot. Furthermore we appeal to the wider American community and the media not to draw generalizations in the wake of this alleged plot involving an Iranian-American.

The American Iranian Council denounces any and all acts of terrorism, irrespective of the target or motive. We ask that the Obama Administration allow adequate time for more clarity on the plot before it rushes into any punishing decision or action against those alleged to have been involved including the Islamic Republic of Iran.

We ask the Iranian government to go beyond denying involvement and take all necessary steps to condemn such acts and offer the US government all the help it needs to investigate the case in detail. Furthermore, AIC suggests the American and Iranian security institutions to establish a working group to assess all the details of the alleged plot and through their findings bring the perpetrators to justice.

Unfortunately plots of this despicable nature play into the hands of those who want to escalate conflict in the region, and they strengthen the war mongers. In these times of anger and annoyance, we must more than ever before advocate for peace and understanding.

We believe that the only way to reverse the spiral conflict between Washington and Tehran is through peaceful avenues to settle disputes. As before, we ask the American and Iranian governments to listen to voice of reason calling for changing their enmity into cooperation.

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and – By Reza Marashi & Trita Parsiwww.huffingtonpost.com/reza-marashi/the-come-to-jesus-moment-_b_1006804.html

The “Come to Jesus” Moment in US-Iran Relations.

With news of an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, U.S.-Iran relations have reached a new low. If the allegations are true, this deplorable act should be strongly condemned. To that end, the Beltway is already buzzing with calls for a “robust response” that will “send a strong message to Iran.” But how?

As policymakers, pundits and the American people process this alleged bombshell, it is important to remember that nations have often rushed into conflicts (see: Iraq circa 2003), and we would be wise to let the investigation run its course and gather all the facts.

Indeed, the Justice Department’s accusations have been met with skepticism by some experts. Robert Baer, a former CIA case officer in the Middle East,said that the “Quds Force has never been this sloppy, using untested proxies, contracting with Mexican drug cartels, sending money through New York bank accounts, and putting its agents on U.S. soil where they risk being caught… The Quds Force is simply better than this.” Max Fisher at the Atlantic questions what Iran possibly could get out of the terror plot. And Muhammad Sahimi at Tehran Bureau raises important questions about why a Quds force operative could enter U.S. soil in the first place.

Trita Parsi is President of the National Iranian American Council and author of A Single Roll of the Dice – Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press, 2012).

Reza Marashi joined NIAC in 2010 as the organization’s first Research Director. He came to NIAC after four years in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

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