Open Letter to President Donald Trump
By César Chelala
July 05, 2019 "Information Clearing House" -
I am writing to you in the name of many peace-loving people from all over the world, who are worried about our future and that of our children. A future that your dangerous policies put in terrifying danger. Attacking Iran will mean retaliatory actions that will cause havoc not only in Iran but throughout the region.
We see with increasing concern your efforts to start a military confrontation with Iran based on false premises. Such a move would only benefit the arms makers and would leave a trail of destruction the world has seen few times before. Although you are the most powerful man in the world, Sir, you don’t have the right to threaten world peace for reasons that are difficult to understand.
Granted, Iran has supported groups in other countries and has armed them with sophisticated weapons. However, Iran has not invaded any other country in more than a century. As a contrast, the U.S. has a record of supporting tyrannical regimes all over the world, among them in Iran itself, and oftentimes supported coups that destroyed democracy.
Brett Wilkins, an editor-at-large for US news at Digital Journal has written recently an enlightening article on US-Iran relations. “Iran isn’t without serious faults. However, these pale in comparison to those of the US, which has –and has used—nuclear weapons, staged or supported numerous coups, attacked half a dozen Middle Eastern countries already this century and nearly encircled Iran with military bases. Iran has no nuclear weapons, no bases within 10,000 kilometers of the United States and has never directly attacked the US or, of course, overthrow its government. Who is the real aggressor here?” writes Wilkins.
In 1984, Iran presented a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council condemning Saddam’s use of chemical weapons against Iran, based on the Geneva Protocol of 1925. The U.S. instructed its delegate at the U.N. to lobby friendly representatives to support a motion to abstain on the vote on the use of chemical weapons by Iraq. Can we be surprised that Iranians harbor deep resentment against the U.S.?
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