Monday, June 29, 2009

Letter to President Obama: Statements on Demonstrations in Iran from Iranian-Americans

June 29, 2009
Letter to President Obama: Statements on Demonstrations in Iran from Iranian-Americans

The Editors

Editor’s note: The following is a letter that was sent to President Obama on June 26, 2009 from Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and founder and co-chair of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus.

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

As demonstrators in Iran continue to voice their support for democracy, I am deeply concerned that Iranian-American voices are not being heard. Their cultural and personal ties to the uprising in Iran are invaluable and deserve the attention of our great country.. Mr. President, below are a sample of statements on the uprising from Iranian-American leaders from across the U.S. I hope you will have your staff contact the people behind these statements to utilize their knowledge. No one better understands Iran, and what is happening on the ground there, than those with direct links to the country. Few in America should have greater say about our policy toward Iran than Iranian-Americans who fear for the safety of their friends and family still living in Iran.

“Mr. President it is now proven to you and your advisors that no matter what you say or don’t say the Islamic regime in Iran, like all other dictators, will blame United States because without it they have no other reason for being in power. This is an inescapable fact. Your advisors also know that the Islamic regime in Iran will drag negotiations without any outcome the history has proven this fact. Now that the people of Iran have been able to use a window of opportunity to prove to the world that this regime is not their representative, standing with them, is the right political decision to make. Oppressed people have always looked to America for freedom.”

- Manda Zand Ervin with the Alliance of Iranian Women

Ellicott City, MD

“President Obama, please do not act against the will of Iranian people. Do not recognize the illegitimate government
of the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Khamenei.”

- Dr. Saeed Ganji with the National Union For Democracy in Iran

Potomac, MD

“Dear Mr. President, where is your outrage for the rights of Iranian people. Please don't be offended by our anger or request of asking you more. Iran is a hot issue for you and your administration and it is the place that my mother and others people mothers and families live. Please stand with us, we don't need you to tell us, you care, we need you to show it in actions. We don't need you to change the regime for us. But at this moment our youth are on the streets of Iran, there are many things you can do for the Iranians to earn their freedom. We know Freedom is Not Free. We are not asking you send us taxpayers’ money but are in great needs of logistics. We need satellites, that our youth can send their message out, but not be traced through the newest technology the American companies have sold the IRI leaders. Give us the logistics we need, or our beloved youth risking their lives, can be located via GPS of their cell phones – one by one and get killed. We know what we need and we know the road is tough, please help us to earn our freedom.”

- Ghazal Omid with Iran & Its

Washington, DC

“President Obama, please stand with us in our struggle for democracy & freedom against the barbaric regime in Iran. Over 190 unarmed innocent Iranian have been killed & over 4,000 have been injured and arrested. Please help us now."

- Bahman Maalizadeh

Charlotte, NC

“Dear Mr. President, please Read this letter from a young female Iranian student who is determined to change her future and her country's direction into freedom and liberty. It is very touching: “I will participate in the demonstrations tomorrow. Maybe they will turn violent. Maybe I will be one of the people who is going to get killed. I'm listening to all my favorite music. I even want to dance to a few songs. I always wanted to have very narrow eyebrows. Yes, maybe I will go to the salon before I go tomorrow! There are a few great movie scenes that I also have to see. I should drop by the library, too. It's worth to read the poems of Forough and Shamloo again. All family pictures have to be reviewed, too. I have to call my friends as well to say goodbye. All I have are two bookshelves which I told my family who should receive them. I'm two units away from getting my bachelors degree but who cares about that. My mind is very chaotic. I wrote these random sentences for the next generation so they know we were not just emotional and under peer pressure. So they know that we did everything we could to create a better future for them. So they know that our ancestors surrendered to Arabs and Mongols but did not surrender to despotism. This note is dedicated to tomorrow's children..."

- Ali Salehi

Dallas, TX

“For 30 years all presidents in the United States have not known the true nature of the Islamic Republic and based on that, they could not deal with them. Ayatollah Khomaini (sic) set the strategy for the all extremist leaders including Iran. He said, “it is not struggle between Iran and U.S. it is struggle between Islam and blasphemy.” Islamic Republic leaders will never have a relation with the United States.”

- Dr. Iraj Arianpour with the Young Iranian National party

Fairfax, VA

“Mr. President, if the United States is serious about fighting terrorism, start from (sic) Iran. The United States must realize that the people of Iran are your best ally.

- Dr. Mansour Kashfi with the National Union For Democracy in Iran

Richardson, TX

“Mr. President, it is a privilege to write to you with regards to the recent events in my home country of Iran. As you are well aware, the Islamic Republic regime has dramatically increased atrocities against Iranians in the past few days that has resulted in many fatalities, injuries and imprisonment among peaceful Iranian citizens who have tolerated this brutal regime for the past 30 years. The Islamic Republic regime and its leadership will not hesitate to massacre thousands of Iranians since they have never cared for the safety and welfare of Iranian citizens. As concerned Iranian-Americans, we would like to respectfully ask you to act against the evil deeds of this evil regime by cutting off all political and economical ties with the Islamic republic and strongly encourage our allies around the world, including the European Union, Japan, Canada, South American countries, and possibly Russia and China to follow suit by withdrawing their ambassadors from Iran and expelling the Islamic Republic diplomats from their respective countries. Mr. President, Iranians are peaceful people and want nothing but peace and tranquility for the region and the world. Unfortunately this criminal regime has painted an ugly impression of Iran and Iranians throughout the world. I do not recommend any military attacks against Iran as that will strengthen the regime, but rather, economical sanctions such as boycotting Iranian oil, stopping sales of refined gasoline and natural gas back to the Islamic republic and most importantly, providing strong support for Iranians struggle to free themselves from this evil "un-Iranian" regime.”

- S. Massoud (Mike) Azizi

Canoga Park, CA

Thank you for taking the time to read these statements. They remind us that this uprising is about human rights and human dignity, and directly impacts people and families here in America.

Sue Myrick

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