It’s not so often that the United States Congress comes together to agree on something in a bipartisan manner, when the two political parties echo the same message. House Resolution 118 is one of those moments. Over 240 elected officials representing states spanning across a diverse America, “[recognize] the rights of the Iranian people and their struggle to establish a democratic, secular, and non-nuclear Republic of Iran.”
The people of Iran have witnessed and summited many of the hills before them. Hills of state-sponsored terrorism, of human rights violations, of torture of dissidents. The hills of the suppression of ethnic and religious minorities, of discrimination against women and girls. The people of Iran have witnessed the hills of elections that are anything but democratic, free, and fair. And yet, you dare not linger.