President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20500
Subject: Designation of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization”
Dear President Trump:
The President yesterday added to his drive against Iran when you claimed the nation’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is a “Foreign Terrorist Organization.” As one of nearly 600 Iranian Americans, I take exception in the strongest terms to your decision.
Your statement serves the views of our assumed “allies,” Israeli and most of the Arab Kingdoms led by Saudi Arabia, and neocons. The cited countries along with your National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo created a coup in Washington yesterday.
The charge of IRGC being a terrorist entity is at best absurd. The Iranian military, most importantly, IRGC, was one of the first powers on the ground in defeating ISIS with the aid of Russian air power. By his action, the President and his foreign policy advisors have not remained faithful to the U.S.
The President’s great fiction is a propaganda method. Adolf Hitler used lies so enormous that no one would think that someone could have the audacity to twist the truth so heinously.
The U.S. government has criminal intention by the prosecution of IRGC that has been one of the two dominant forces in the fight against ISIS. Your action indeed is not against the Iranian system of government but is designed against 81 million peaceful Iranians.
The Presidential action is to the detriment of our citizens, and the people in the Middle East except for Israel, and most of the Arab Kingdoms headed by the real terrorists of the globe, Saudi Arabia. The designation of IRGC is reckless. It is another clumsy move to bring Iran to the negotiating table for “improving” the Nuclear Deal.
Akbar Montaser, Professor Emeritus
The George Washington University, Washington, DC
From The noble 13th century Persian Sufi Poet Rumi:
“I go to a synagogue, church, and mosque, and I see the same spirit and the same altar.”
Cc: Vice President Mike Pence
Honorable Members of House and Senate
Akbar Montaser is Professor Emeritus, The George Washington University (Washington, DC) where he taught and conducted research for 32 years (1981-2012). He also served as a Program Director in the Division of Materials Research at the National Science Foundation for nine years. Born in Esfahan, Iran, he received his BS degree from Shiraz University in 1969 and his Ph.D. in 1974 from Michigan State University. As a postdoctoral fellow, he investigated high-temperature plasmas at the Ames Laboratory, a major US Department of Energy Federal Laboratory, located on the site of Iowa State University (ISU). He taught and conducted research as the faculty at Sharif University of Technology (Iran) from 1975-1979. After the 1979 Revolution, he immigrated to the US. For two years, he was a Research Professor at the Ames Laboratory – ISU before joining the faculty at GWU in 1981.
Professor Montaser is globally acclaimed as one of the top three experts in plasma spectrometry for trace, ultratrace, isotopic, and speciation analysis of materials, such as nuclear wastes and semiconductor materials. The US Department of Energy, several federal and state agencies, and instrument manufacturers strongly backed his research for over 30 years. His expertise is centered on fundamental studies, modeling, simulation of plasmas and aerosol systems, development of smart plasmas and smart aerosols, instrument design, and the applications of aerospace, mechanical, electrical engineering, theoretical astronomy, and optics to the chemistry and the physics of novel plasmas.
Professor Montaser and his team are the authors of over 500 articles and presentations in diverse areas such as chemistry, medical sciences, forensic science, and engineering. His discoveries have graced the Cover Pages of several scientific Journals.
Professor Montaser is the co-author/co-editor of six significant books that are famed as the “Bible” of the field. The books have been translated into, for example, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. His three new books on plasma mass spectrometry are due for publication in 2018 and 2019. The techniques described in these comprehensive volumes have revolutionized the practice of analysis and led to the development of new devices, such as cell phones, high-speed laptop computers, and other high-storage devices.
Currently, Professor Montaser serves globally as a consultant in areas such as intellectual property, development of novel chemical instrumentation, hand-held laboratories, and invention of innovative and transformative techniques for chemical analysis of nanomaterials, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, food, nuclear substances, biological, environmental, geological, petroleum, forensic, and works of art. These studies not only address current challenging problems, but they are vital for tackling likely difficulties that could arise in the future.
Professor Montaser is an antiwar devotee of human rights, an advocate of nuclear disarmament, and a partisan in the elimination of weapons of mass destruction. He writes on political subjects pertinent to Iran and the United States.