The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Mr President, Barack Obama,
As a scholar and an analyst in Iranian politics and affairs, and as a member of “Foreign Press Association” (FPI), last year I addressed Mrs Hillary Clinton in an open letter and pointed out some of the ill-fated consequences of US policies of appeasement towards the Islamic Republic of Iran.
I herewith enclose the same letter for your kind attention, which was incidentally endorsed by a number of Iranian compatriots.
Regrettably, as rightly foreseen and highlighted in that letter, the subsequent events within the last year proved the correctness of the viewpoints presented in that communiqué. A significant number of “Camp Ashraf” residents were brutally murdered under the influences of the Islamic Republic by the Iraqi armed forces. The Islamic Regime of Iran relentlessly continues to violate the basic Human Rights; executions continue to break records in Iran, and last but not least, the Islamic Regime’s continued conspiracies and interferences in the region continue to contravene the process of democratisation in the Middle East.
The continuation of the appeasement policy with the Clerical-Fascist Regime, adopted by the US State Department, has not only proved its ineffectiveness to the US interests and the rest of the free world, but also has left behind many detrimental and adverse side effects. The survival and the boldness of the Islamic Regime has been a key element for Damascus to crack down and crush the freedom seeking movement of the people of Syria. The fanatical insurgents in Afghanistan have been equipped with the latest lethal and deadly weapons; and Iraq has been appropriated by the Islamic Regime into one of its own military bases of operation, to mention but a few. Consequently, the survival of the Islamic Regime in Iran, continues to destabilise the strategic situations of both Iraq and Afghanistan, and has proved to be damaging toward any peace process in these two countries.
It is brought to my attention that your government is about to make a strategic resolution on whether to remove the “MEK” from the US list of terrorist organisations. The European Union have already removed the Mojahedeen from their listings and are now moving on to next phase in…. Obviously, your government’s decision to retain Mojahedeen’s name in this list would appease the Islamic Republic, and would be perceived as a goodwill gesture towards the IRI. The efforts of the Islamic Republic’s lobbyist groups during the past few months with regards to this matter proves this discernible point that removing Mojahedeen’s name from the list would immensely alarm the Islamic Regime in Iran to the core.
You are also aware that eliminating Mojahedeen’s name from the list would serve as a positive signal for supporting the wish of the people for democratic changes in Iran. This can be observed by the recently intensified efforts of the Iranian Regime’s lobbyist groups and organisations.
a- Despite the USA’s legally and lawfully covenants, in return for the voluntary disarmament of the Mojahedeen who seek democratic changes in Iran, the American administration (both Democrats and Republicans) extricates herself from her commitments. That, just to appease the Clerical-Fascist Regime, the USA refuses to de-list an opposition group who complies with peaceful activities and in turn has gained the respect and support of the international community for the past twenty years or so.
In my view, the consequences of adopting such position would result in the discontentment of all the political and paramilitary organisations across the Islamic world. The USA may tactically gain from appeasing the IRI, but at the same time would discourage nations from trusting America. The disillusioned youth would therefore, tend to subscribe to the old cliché of “Armed struggle, the only path to freedom!”
b- Despite this soft and appeasing approach, the rulers of Tehran evidently have not disassociated themselves from terrorism in the region. The IRI has actively engaged itself in proxy war in Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other small States in the Persian Gulf. Subordinate and affiliated organisations in the region, which are militarily and logistically supported by the Quds Force, have seriously hindered a very much-needed peace between Israel and Palestinians.
c- America’s breaking of its covenant and backing down from its agreed commitments and promises would convince some of the previously paramilitary organisations to reconsider their position. At the least, such mismanagement and short-term gain could lead to the creation of new splinter groups with the main objective of targeting Western interests.
One such example is “The Real IRA” in Northern Ireland that broke away from the IRA and continues as a paramilitary entity.
Consequently, the West has to negotiate with two organisations instead of one! However, since the splinter organisation has lost faith and trust in the West’s policies, it would be harder to encourage them to engage in any negotiations.
d- Mistrust and scepticism amongst the ranks of freedom seekers paves the way for Clerical-Fascism to spread anti-American propaganda and hatred towards the USA. This inevitably discredits the USA and its advocacy for democracy and freedom, particularly amongst the youth and other forward thinking generations in the region. The youth that could abandon the notion of violence, may now consider to takes up arms.
The above painted picture is not merely an academic point of view. It rather reflects upon the bitter truth of what is already taking place in Yemen, Bahrain, Sudan, Egypt, etc.
Ali Behrooz (Dr)
10 July 2011