The Persian population in Iran is not a majority, it is a plurality. There are many different, diverse, and disagreeing populations inside Iran and an obvious strategy, which I believe is a good strategy, is to separate those populations. - Jane Harman, AIPAC Policy Conference, 2009
This statement by Jane Harman was alarming, the National Iranian American Council put out an alert, asking people to reject Harman's idea that Iran be split along ethnic lines. Jane then retracted her statement.
“I was not and am not calling for the creation of ethnic tensions or separation in Iran – nothing would be less productive,” said Harman in a statement to NIAC. “Although my comments on Iran were taken out of context, I regret any concern they might have caused.”
Taken out of context? We don't think so. But it was good to see that Jane did the right thing, after organized pressure.
AIPAC's choice of extremist speakers never ceases to amaze us.