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President Obama, Your Policy on Iran Contradicts Interests of Iranian Grassroots

For decades United States is among the countries, which has massively suffered from the Islamic Republic of Iran’s (IRI’s) sponsorship of terrorism worldwide. It has all started in 1979 when Islamic regime ordered the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran in which 66 Americans were held hostage for 444 days. Later in 1983 the suicide bombing of U.S. military barracks in Beirut executed by the Islamic Jihad Organization, an Iranian regime’s terror proxy, left 299 Americans dead. The Khobar Towers bombing in 1996 carried out by IRI-supported groups of Hezbollah resulted in death of 19 U.S. service men. 60% of all American combat casualties in Iraq and 50% of combat casualties in Afghanistan have been caused by IRI-made IEDs. More importantly the footprint of IRI’s terrorism in America has become more apparent when the U.S. District Court Rules Iran Behind 9/11 Attacks. American soldiers bring hope and leave graves in every corner of the world; they take bullets to protect the national interests of the country. Their lives are shattered to keep democracy alive. To commander-in-chief they are like his family members and their deaths are implied as loss of family members to him. Mr. President, you don’t negotiate and you don’t deal with the terrorists who continuously murder your family members, you should do exactly what must be done with the murderers, holding them accountable by arresting and putting them on trial. That is what a commander-in-chief, who cares about the lost lives of his soldiers, does. 

The bitterer tragedy of the IRI’s sponsorship of terrorism has been signified on its domestic victims, the Iranian people inside the country, who have been under the systematic use of terror as a means of coercion by this terrorist state from its get-go. The Cinema Rex fire was the first act of genocide of IRI shortly before it comes to power, which resulted in burning to death of over 400 innocent individuals. As IRI came to power, the regime started mass executing of the top officials from the predecessor government. In 1988, an act of violence unprecedented in Iranian history was committed by the genocidal regime of Iran, the systematic execution of thousands of political prisoners across the country, which lasted for about five continuous months and resulted in killing of as many as 30,000 prisoners. Any democratic government in the world is established based on its people’s will, the Islamic government in Iran, by contrast, is run and carried on by imposing terror, violence, and fear among its public. The regime has fortified its hold on power by resorting to arbitrary arrest, detention, rape, torture, and extrajudicial executions. The “alarming” rise in Iran’s extrajudicial execution rate has underscored the warning sign of mass atrocities in the country, a clear indication of regime’s ongoing silent genocides of political, social, ethnic, and religious groups. Additionally, the Iranian regime maintains a policy of “religious Apartheid” toward religious minorities in Iran like the Christians, Baha’is and Zoroastrians, amongst others. Similarly, the regime advocates “sexual apartheid” in the country, where women and men are segregated from each other and women are deprived of their rights.

Mr. President, The mass murders in Iran have outrageously taken place on the watch of six U.S. presidents – Carter, Reagan, Clinton, GHW Bush, GW Bush, and Obama, yet none of those presidents have done anything beyond rhetorical condemnation against the atrocity, genocide, and apartheid acts of the IRI regime. Over the past few decades, the international community, including the U.S., has largely stood by and watched while mass atrocities in Iran occurred. The lack of bothered leaders by their conscience and effective response options has sapped the will of governments in responding to these unprecedented crimes against humanity. Sovereignty is not a privilege but a responsibility that should be revoked if a regime commits acts of atrocity and genocide against its people. Now is the time for the International communities to protect the rights of the oppressed Iranian people and save them from the long-drawn-out genocide in Iran by putting an end to the sovereignty of the IRI regime, which indeed belongs to the grassroots people of Iran.

Mr. President, The above-mentioned acts of atrocities, genocides, and terrorism and many others have occurred when IRI has still been far from the nuclear threshold. How, then, is an Iranian regime emboldened by nuclear acquisition likely to behave?   For more than a decade Americans have heard from different U.S. presidents that an Iranian nuclear weapon is “unacceptable.” Despicably nothing more than a protracted approach of incrementally tightened nonpolitical sanctions with Iranian people as its main burdened target, and diplomacy with the regime for containment routine have been utilized to stop the IRI’s nuclear threat. Years, if not decades, of diplomacy has led nowhere, consequently Iran blusters, threatens, and continues to work furiously on obtaining nuclear weapons, with the patent support of Russia and China.  Mr. President, as a result of your promise to “embrace a new era of engagement” with America’s enemies, each passing day this potentially antagonistic regime is getting closer to witnessing a celebration in Tehran for testing its first atomic bomb. The IRI Mullahs believe it is their responsibility to bring about nuclear war to facilitate the coming of the last Islamic Messiah. Such theocratic regime that values martyrdom more than life, even if lacks the technology for building the nuclear warhead, when the time calls, the IRI hardliners and fanatic leaders can easily promote the proliferation of dirty nuclear bombs and make them available in the hands of their terrorist proxies across the world. Any type of negotiation with the terrorist IRI regime not only undermines the repressive measures of the regime against its people but would passively underpin the acceptance of the perpetual IRI nuclear blackmail. Only adopting a policy of collapsing the power structure of the terrorist regime of IRI would put an end to its escalating nuclear threat.

Mr. President, during Iranian uprising in June 2009 you abandoned the oppressed people of Iran when they asked for your support. Furthermore you chose to take side with the terrorists and extended your outstretched hand to the eradicator regime of IRI. Mr. President, you don’t negotiate with a regime that commits act of atrocities and genocide against its own people, maintains policy of apartheid inside the country, sponsors terrorism across the globe, ties to Al Qaida, throws threats at the regional states, interferes in the affairs of neighboring countries, attacks U.S. interests anywhere in the world, kills the best men of United States Armed Forces, and pursues acquiring a nuclear arsenal. The outcome of such negotiations and diplomacy would only help to strengthen the terrorists and passively legitimizes their actions. Iranians today are the least religious people in comparison to the public of other Muslim countries, and the trend in their value orientations is towards individual freedom, civil rights, gender equality, democracy, and national identity.

While the voices in Iran call for an end to Iran’s religious regime, sadly ongoing efforts have been observed in the West, which undermine those voices as if they are unheard. The paid lobbyists of IRI reformers have been busy lobbying political officials and lawmakers in foreign states to clean up the mullahs’ messes by presenting to them showcases of fabricated data on IRI’s records in favor of the regime for undermining, its committed crimes, its sponsorship of terrorism, and its nuclear threats, and also to promote the cause for the reform of the Islamic regime. These IRI lobbyists have ties to U.S. lawmakers and have infiltrated the White House, Congress, the State Department, and the main decision making centers of the US government. They have managed to influence and shape the U.S. government policy towards Islamic regime in Iran in favor of the IRI reformers, who are part of the regime. The grassroots people of Iran under no circumstances recognize neither the IRI reformers nor their lobbyists as their representatives. In their struggle for democracy they reject any kind of reformed version of the theocratic regime; rather they are striving for securing a secular democratic government based on the principle of human rights. The question is why are the bureaucracies in Washington partnering with IRI lobbyists and the IRI reformers and not with the democracy promoting political forces of Iran? Why isn’t the U.S. administration clearly and forcefully supporting the secular Iranian grassroots opposition? The grassroots opposition of Iran needs the support of the world behind them, direct and indirect, logistic and strategic. Global backing of Iranian grassroots can result in the collapse of the IRI regime if it is accompanied by concurrent paralyzing its power structure through imposing sever and effective political sanction.

Mr. President, to cut the long story short, if your policy in dealing with Iran dilemma continues to be the status quo I can regrettably assure you it will cost you the Iranian votes on your second presidential election.

cc: Vice Presidentcc: State Departmentcc: Members of Senate, cc: Members of House of Reps

On behalf of Oppressed Grassroots People of Iran

Mansur Rastani, PhD

04, 30, 2012

This Open Letter has been submitted to U.S. President, Vice President, State Department, and Members of the U.S. Congress.  

———- Forwarded message ———-

From: Mansur Rastani <mansurrastani@gmail.com>

Date: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Subject: President Obama, Your Policy on Iran Contradicts the Interests of Iranian Grassroots

To: President@whitehouse.gov


Read the Persian translation, in an article version, of this Open Letter by following one of the following links:




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