I wanted to say how sorry I am that I could not be with you this year. But as some of you may know I am the chairman of the host committee for the Democratic National Convention here in Philadelphia, which is going to be held in a few days.
But I wanted to tell you that my commitment is as strong as it has ever been — in fact, even stronger. First, my commitment is to all of you to help you some day see a free Iran. I believe that we’ll achieve that one day; thanks to your commitment and the leadership of Maryam Rajavi. There’s no question in my mind that we will live to see a free and prosperous Iran again. I also wanted to tell you that our commitment to the wonderful people in Camp Liberty is as strong as it has ever been.
The United States gave you a commitment, and I believe that we have a legal obligation as well as a moral obligation to protect the safety of the residents of Ashraf who are now in Liberty. We, the American friends of the MEK will keep the pressure on to make sure that we do it without any further bloodshed.
I want the residents of Liberty to know that what you did in Ashraf and what you’re doing in Liberty, the way you’ve conducted yourselves and the way you’ve stayed in there under tremendous pressure has been a beacon for people all over the world. You’ve gained the admiration and respect of not only the people in America but throughout the world.
• Mr. Rendell is a former governor of Pennsylvania and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.