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American foreign policy has been - and must continue to be - based on unequivocal support for Israel's right to exist and to be free from terror.
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As long as Iran is supporting groups that target Israeli civilians and building weapons that threaten Israel's existence, I don't think this is going to change.
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As long as the hard-liners remain in control, there is no reason to believe that we're going to see positive change in any of these areas.
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As piracy percentages climb in a particular nation, it becomes increasingly difficult for U.S. copyright owners to establish a legitimate market.
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At times, our own administrations have subordinated our policy to economic and allied pressures.
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Congress has also tried to stem Iranian proliferation with the Iran-Iraq Nonproliferation Act and the Iran Nonproliferation Act.
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Congress should continue to examine whether the policies pursued by the Attorney General are the most effective methods to protect our nation from terrorists.
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Congress tends to be very supportive of Israel. And Israel is very, very concerned about the threat posed by Iran. I think it's clear they have good reason to be.
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Even more astounding are the piracy numbers for individual foreign nations.
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How much greater would their contributions to the U.S. economy be if U.S. copyright owners could access foreign markets otherwise dominated by pirate product?
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I am hopeful that these criminal investigations will draw attention to the perils of steroid use and discourage the use of steroids in the next generation of athletes.
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I am not opposed in principle to contacts with reformist officials that share our desire for peace and stability in the region.
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I recognize the complexity of these issues and I can not say with 100% certainty that these are the correct views.
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I think we can all agree that the Iranian regime's conduct is reprehensible and fails to serve the interests of the Iranian people.
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I wish to note that intellectual property theft by a government represents the very essence of organized crime.
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I'm always open to new ideas, and I look forward to having an exchange with you after my brief remarks.
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In 2001, 99% of entertainment software sold in Brazil was pirated; while in 2002, 55% of entertainment software sold in Italy was pirated.
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In 2002, 93% of business software sold in China, 47% of music sold in Taiwan, and 80% of movies sold in the Russian Federation were pirated.
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In contrast to the Europeans, the U.S. has pursued a policy of containment.
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In some cases, as with entertainment software in Brazil, U.S. copyright owners have had to abandon the market entirely.
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In the case of Iran, I would like to see greater travel and cultural exchanges. Unlike Cuba, the Iranian trade embargo does not prohibit Americans from traveling to Iran.
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In theory, constructive engagement sounds appealing. But in practice, I haven't seen any evidence to suggest that it's had any impact on Iranian behavior.
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Indeed, Khatami himself has spoken to terrorist groups and repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel.
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Iran already has stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and is aggressively developing long-range missiles capable of hitting Europe, and eventually the U.S.
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Iran also supports and harbors a host of other terrorist organizations. So where do we go from here?
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Iran has a dismal record on human rights.
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Iran is actively pursuing the development of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles.
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Iran is central to our foreign policy in the Middle East, a major player in global energy markets, and a key country in terms of our interaction with the Muslim world.
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Israeli officials at all levels and from all political parties raise Iran at every opportunity with Congress and the Administration.
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It is longstanding U.S. policy that we will talk to the Iranians anytime, anywhere, on any subject, with no preconditions. So far, they have not taken us up on our offer.
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It is unacceptable for the U.S. to be "evenhanded" on these fundamental issues.
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It is wrong to say the U.S. should "not take sides" in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
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It isn't clear to me how talking to these people would strengthen their position relative to the hardliners and lead to any positive change.
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It will send a clear message to those who would seek to exploit athletes: get out of the sports world now or go to jail.
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It's a "man bites dog" story when longtime adversaries come together to lobby Members of Congress to support a bill.
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Judging by the spread of these weapons, one can question the effectiveness of these efforts.
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Left unchecked, the use of these mining technologies threatens the privacy of every American.
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Many of my friends in the Iranian-American community tried to convince me not to come here today, because the Council supports policies they and I disagree with.
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More than ten years ago I passed an amendment that exempts informational and cultural materials from economic embargoes.
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Now, five years later, and still no change in sight, some question whether Khatami is a real reformer after all, or simply a creature of the hardline regime.
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Obviously, I made the decision to come, not because I don't respect those people, but because I think we are all better off with more dialogue, not less.
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Once Iranians are liberated from the oppressive regime that prevents them from realizing their full potential, I have no doubt they will be up to the task.
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One thing is certain: For this vision to become a reality, the Iranian people will have to play a leading role.
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Opponents of the legislation point to the recent oil and gas deals signed by foreign firms as a sign that the law isn't working.
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Our goal is to isolate the regime, cut it off from the sources of capital and technology that will allow it to devote even more resources to destructive ends.
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People not only renounce the use of violence but at last take action to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure inside the Palestinian Authority.
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Sadly, the Iranian people are currently trapped in a system that prevents them from realizing their aspirations for freedom, democracy and the rule of law.
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Since we enacted the PATRIOT Act almost three years ago, there has been tremendous public debate about its breadth and implications on due process and privacy.
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So let me talk a little bit about my perspective on U.S.-Iranian relations and also try to give you a sense of what some of my colleagues in the House are thinking.
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Steroids can seem necessary to compete at the highest levels, and the quick rewards can outweigh the long term consequences to the user's health.
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The atmosphere is different in Congress after September 11. Terrorism is no longer an abstract issue, but a real, tangible threat.
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The Attorney General unilaterally instituted a number of policies dealing with detention of non-citizens that we address.
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The focus should not be on talking. Talk is cheap. It must be on action.
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The percentage of pirated goods in these five nations provides another disturbing measure of the severity of the problem.
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The question is, what should we do about it? What is the best way to change the regime's behavior?
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There is a difference between the signing of contracts and the actual investment of funds.
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There is evidence that Iran is trying to engineer closer cooperation between Hezbollah and Hamas in terrorist operations against Israel.
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There is no reason we should treat Iran differently than the Palestinians or North Koreans.
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These and other terrorist activities have led the State Department to designate Iran as the world's most active state sponsor of terrorism.
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These are debatable issues, and they should be debated much more than they have been because Iran is an extremely important country.
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They believe that by engaging with Iran on many different levels - economic, political, and cultural - they can moderate the regime's behavior.
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This policy also has limitations. Our allies have pursued a different approach, thus undercutting the effectiveness of our policy.
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This program creates a culture of fear and suspicion in immigrant communities that discourages cooperation with antiterrorism efforts.
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We can use these expanded broadcasts to explain U.S. policies to the Iranian people as well as inform them about their own government's irresponsible behavior.
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We have not prevented Iran from supporting terrorists or violating human rights.
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We should try to expand our efforts to promote civil society in Iran through the National Endowment for Democracy or other organizations.
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We will never know for sure how successful ILSA could be unless the Administration enforces the law, which they have failed to do.
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Whatever the reality of the political situation in Iran, all indications are that tensions in the country are rising and may be nearing the boiling point.
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When Khatami and his "reformist" allies were first elected in 1997, many of us hoped that we would see real changes in Iranian behavior.
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When the engagement policy began, Iran was a major human rights abuser. This continues to be true today.
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When the Europeans launched their engagement policy, Iran was a major state sponsor of terrorism. The same remains true today.
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When those changes didn't come, the experts told us that he was really trying, but his reform program was completely stymied by the hardliners.
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While I can't speak for my House colleagues, I think it's safe to say that my views are held by many others.
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While I don't want to steal Joan's thunder either, I do want to highlight some of the issues that I think her particular situation presents.
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