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But the clerical regime does not need an enabler like the United States to further suppress the Iranian people and murder political dissidents like my father.

Following rulings by the seven highest courts of the European Union and the United Kingdom clearing the PMOI/MEK of any connection with terrorism, its name was removed from their blacklists in 2008 and 2009. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit chastised the State Department for keeping the PMOI on its list and ordered a review. After a bipartisan resolution sponsored by 110 members of Congress calling on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to delist the organization, what is the excuse for continuing the status quo?

Let’s hope that 2011 will be a new beginning for U.S. policy on Iran, a policy based on morality as President Obama promised. The Iranian people are waiting.

Akbar Saremi is an Iranian refugee living in Iraq.