January 3, 2020

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20500

Dear President Trump:

The President yesterday ordered the slaying of Iranian commander Major General Qassem Soleimani, the hero of over 80% Iranians. The President’s action signifies a colossal intensification of the disputes between Iran and the U.S. It threatens to immerse the Middle East into a devastating war damaging Americans, Iranians, and the Middle East citizens to an extent the world has not witnessed since perhaps WW II.

By all reasonable standards, the reckless action by the U.S. is the most hostile American act of savagery in the region since the start of the invasion in the Middle East. Major General Soleimani was the sword of Iran in fighting ISIS and other terrorist groups created by our government and our “allies” in the Middle East.

We, a group of 253 Iranian Americans and American scholars and opponents of weapons of destruction, write to express our protest in the strongest terms to your unconstitutional and despicable action.

The escalation of tension is due to your undoing of the Iran Nuclear Deal on May 8, 2018, the trademark foreign policy success of President Barack Obama.  The imposition of inhumane sanctions on 81 million citizens represents international carnage and gangsterism against a peaceful nation. In so doing, the President has pushed our country towards a war with Iran, has separated the U.S. from its Western partners, and seeded doubt in the perilous nuclear negotiations with North Korea.

Since 2001, amid extensive warnings of crisis, the U.S. raced in the obverse direction in seeking peace. By all reasonable norms, the U.S. has been the critical root of global turmoil. Last year, a study by Pew Research Center found that almost half the world citizens consider the U.S. “a major threat” to their nations, almost twice the hostile outlooks Pew found in 2013. The chief cause of instability has been the dictatorial actions of the U.S. government; expressly, regime change around the world in breach of state sovereignty.

The 1953 Iranian coup, organized by the U.S. and the United Kingdom, ousted the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh. Since 1953, the U.S. foreign policy towards Iran has been pitiful, painful, disastrous, and shameful, especially after the 1979 revolution.

The President has no strategy, no reason, and no point in a war with Iran. Please stop endangering the lives, sweat, and labor of the U.S. and Iranians citizens on the behalves of Israel and stone-aged Arab terrorist regimes, expressly Saudi Arabia.

Thank you.

Respectfully,

Akbar Montaser, Professor Emeritus
The George Washington University, Washington, DC
[email protected]
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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
The Honorable Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper
The Honorable Secretary of States Mike Pompeo
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark A. Milley
The National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien
The White House Chief of Staff Mr. Mick Mulvaney,
The Honorable Members of the US Senate
The Honorable Members of the House of Representatives


Bio: 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 at the National Science Foundation for nine years. He is an antiwar devotee of human rights, an advocate of nuclear disarmament, and a partisan in the elimination of weapons of mass destruction. Aside from his field of chemical instrumentation, he writes on political subjects pertinent to Iran, the Middle East, and the United States.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. This is just a continuation of the Phone Call HOAX, the Impeachment HOAX, this assassination just another, Smoke Screen to delay, the Investigation that should have been done years ago! Who and with whose help were the World Trade Center Towers #1, #2 and #7, installed with, ‘Controlled Demolition Explosive Material’ prior to the planes flown into them?? What about Tower #7? It came down the same way as #1 and #2, yet it received no direct hit from a plane! The only way this the, Greatest Tragedy unleashed on the American People,couldn’t have been accomplished without some of our own Government Agencies, or individuals within them assisting aiding so that it will become a successful operation! That is a FACT! This whole 9/11/2001 tragedy just like the ‘USS LIBERTY” incident have been pushed to the fringes, COVERD UP! WHY? Dark, Deep, Sinister, forces are at work, who have succeeded in dragging the American People into an endless WAR in the Middle East,and that is just getting more STEAM with this assassination of the Iranian General! I believe our Intelligence Agencies and our Executive Branch are well aware of why and by whom the Controlled Demolition Explosive Material, have been put in place! They are in PANIC MODE now, trying to take away the interest, drive, from a serious investigation about who are the culprits behind the 9/11. attack on the People of the United States!! God Save America!! I am afraid it may be TOO LATE!!

  2. Thank you Professor Montaser… well said. we all know US policies in the Middle East since Truman are not driven by US interests but by Israeli interests and by powerful Zionists who rule Washington. However one has to blame both Iranians and Arabs for the kind of governance that allowed America to intervene with endless wars since Saddam initiated his war against the new Islamic Republic of Iran and must blame Iran for its reckless and sectarian policies and advocacy in the Arab region. Both sides Arabs and Iranians are the one that should be blame for all of this before we blame the US. Thank you.

  3. Excellent statement. I agree with everything stated. Unfortunately it is too late and will fall off deaf ears of ignorant bullies acting in behalf of Israel. America has lost its way. Israel did 9/11/01 with the aid of other criminals and generals. None have or will be brought to justice. Shame on all concerned. Israel is a country of gangsters who obviously hate their neighbors. Trump is now in bed with them. Shame on him.

    • Many of these so called “Americans” purport to be Christians. If so, how about following a Christian dictum? “Do Unto Others as you would have them do unto YOU”. As most kids know this is called the Golden Rule. To lead one must follow it even if others don’t. In time perhaps others will also conform. The Earth and Civilization will all benefit if this rule of human conduct is followed. Too bad those running our government are ignorant of it. Ignorance is bliss. As the late Professor Laurence J. Peter, Ph.D. proclaimed: “Everyone in any organization rises to their level of incompetence”. This is exactly what has happened in our government. Ignorance, incompetence and betrayal of basic human values of kindness to others as embodied by the Golden Rule above.
      Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics UC Riverside, 1966

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