Iran Takes Exception To 'Diversity'
Posted on: 2009-07-07 03:19:18
Rep. Harman admits multicultural societies easy to destabilize, allows minority rule by coup.
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) welcomes Rep. Jane Harman’s retraction and clarification of her statement regarding the “separation” of Iran’s ethnic groups and regret for the concern it caused.
The controversy arose from statements Harman made during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual conference. While answering a question about how to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, Harman said “The Persian population in Iran is not a majority, it is a plurality. There are many different, diverse, and disagreeing populations inside Iran and an obvious strategy, which I believe is a very good strategy, is to separate those populations.”
NIAC initiated a campaign Tuesday seeking a retraction from the California Congresswoman. Discussions were held yesterday between NIAC and Harman’s office.
“This is an important statement from Rep. Harman,” said NIAC Chairman Reza Firouzbakht. “It makes clear that while there are many opinions about how to address the Iranian nuclear challenge, some options are simply not acceptable.”
NIAC President Trita Parsi welcomed the retraction and
the Congresswoman’s expression of regret. “Though we take exception to the idea that the statement was taken out
of context, the important thing is that Congresswoman Harman responded quickly
to retract it and stated clearly that she opposes creating ethnic tensions in
This is a testament both to the Congresswoman’s openness and to the increasing political engagement of the Iranian-American community.”