Karl Vick and David Finkel write in The Washington Post: "Prominent activists inside Iran say President Bush's plan to spend tens of millions of dollars to promote democracy here is the kind of help they don't need, warning that mere announcement of the U.S. program endangers human rights advocates by tainting them as American agents. . . .The U.S. image is the worst it's been in my memory. Simply the mention of our affiliation with a cause is enough to poison it.
" 'We are under pressure here both from hard-liners in the judiciary and that stupid George Bush,' human rights activist Emad Baghi said as he waited anxiously for his wife and daughter to emerge from interrogation last week. 'When he says he wants to promote democracy in Iran, he gives money to these outside groups and we're in here suffering.' "
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