“Men and women of camp Ashraf need to know that those of us who enjoy the blessings of freedom and liberty are united in support of their heroic and courageous quest for freedom. That their cause is our cause. And that the most effective and important first step in achieving their goal is for US to rid the MEK of their status and to let them to unleash the power of freedom," said Tom Ridge, first U.S. Homeland Security Secretary under Bush Administration, in a conference in Paris on December 22, 2010.
Excerpts from his remarks follow:
Egypt’s uprising has captivated the Arab world, but in I—fresh from its own outpouring of antigovernment unrest—backers of the regime and supporters of the beleaguered opposition are competing for credit for inspiring the demonstrations in Cairo.