Full Text : The President of Iran's Letter To President Bush
Translated by "Le Monde"
Mr George Bush,
President of the United States of America
For sometime now I have been thinking, how one can justify the
that exist in the international arena -- which are being
constantly debated, specially in political
forums and amongst university students. Many questions remain
unanswered. These have
prompted me to discuss some of the contradictions and questions,
in the hopes that it might
bring about an opportunity to redress them.
Can one be a follower of Jesus Christ (PBUH), the great
Messenger of God,
Feel obliged to respect human rights,
Present liberalism as a civilization model,
Announce one’s opposition to the proliferation of nuclear
weapons and WMDs,
Make “War and Terror” his slogan,
Work towards the establishment of a unified international
community – a community which
Christ and the virtuous of the Earth will one day govern,
But at the same time,
Have countries attacked; The lives, reputations and possessions
of people destroyed and on
the slight chance of the … of a … criminals in a village city,
or convoy for example the entire
village, city or convey set ablaze.
Or because of the possibility of the existence of WMDs in one
country, it is occupied, around
one hundred thousand people killed, its water sources,
agriculture and industry destroyed,
close to 180,000 foreign troops put on the ground, sanctity of
private homes of citizens
broken, and the country pushed back perhaps fifty years. At what
price? Hundreds of billions
of dollars spent from the treasury of one country and certain
other countries and tens of
thousands of young men and women – as occupation troops – put in
harms way, taken away
from family and love ones, their hands stained with the blood of
others, subjected to so much
psychological pressure that everyday some commit suicide ant
those returning home suffer
depression, become sickly and grapple with all sorts of
aliments; while some are killed and
their bodies handed of their families.
On the pretext of the existence of WMDs, this great tragedy came
to engulf both the peoples
of the occupied and the occupying country. Later it was revealed
that no WMDs existed to
Of course Saddam was a murderous dictator. But the war was not
waged to topple him, the
announced goal of the war was to find and destroy weapons of
mass destruction. He was
toppled along the way towards another goal, nevertheless the
people of the region are happy
about it. I point out that throughout the many years of the …
war on Iran Saddam was
supported by the West.
You might know that I am a teacher. My students ask me how can
theses actions be
reconciled with the values outlined at the beginning of this
letter and duty to the tradition of
Jesus Christ (PBUH), the Messenger of peace and forgiveness.
There are prisoners in Guantanamo Bay that have not been tried,
have no legal representation,
their families cannot see them and are obviously kept in a
strange land outside their own
country. There is no international monitoring of their
conditions and fate. No one knows
whether they are prisoners, POWs, accused or criminals.
European investigators have confirmed the existence of secret
prisons in Europe too. I could
not correlate the abduction of a person, and him or her being
kept in secret prisons, with the
provisions of any judicial system. For that matter, I fail to
understand how such actions
correspond to the values outlined in the beginning of this
letter, i.e. the teachings of Jesus
Christ (PBUH), human rights and liberal values.
Young people, university students and ordinary people have many
questions about the
phenomenon of Israel. I am sure you are familiar with some of
Throughout history many countries have been occupied, but I
think the establishment of a
new country with a new people, is a new phenomenon that is
exclusive to our times.
Students are saying that sixty years ago such a country did no
exist. The show old documents
and globes and say try as we have, we have not been able to find
a country named Israel.
I tell them to study the history of WWI and II. One of my
students told me that during WWII,
which more than tens of millions of people perished in, news
about the war, was quickly
disseminated by the warring parties. Each touted their victories
and the most recent battlefront
defeat of the other party. After the war, they claimed that six
million Jews had been killed. Six
million people that were surely related to at least two million
Again let us assume that these events are true. Does that
logically translate into the
establishment of the state of Israel in the Middle East or
support for such a state? How can
this phenomenon be rationalised or explained?
I am sure you know how – and at what cost – Israel was
- Many thousands were killed in the process.
- Millions of indigenous people were made refugees.
- Hundred of thousands of hectares of farmland, olive
plantations, towns and villages
This tragedy is not exclusive to the time of establishment;
unfortunately it has been ongoing
for sixty years now.
A regime has been established which does not show mercy even to
kids, destroys houses
while the occupants are still in them, announces beforehand its
list and plans to assassinate
Palestinian figures and keeps thousands of Palestinians in
prison. Such a phenomenon is
unique – or at the very least extremely rare – in recent memory.
Another big question asked by people is why is this regime being
Is support for this regime in line with the teachings of Jesus
Christ (PBUH) or Moses (PBUH)
or liberal values?
Or are we to understand that allowing the original inhabitants
of these lands – inside and
outside Palestine – whether they are Christian, Muslim or Jew,
to determine their fate, runs
contrary to principles of democracy, human rights and the
teachings of prophets? If not, why
is there so much opposition to a referendum?
The newly elected Palestinian administration recently took
office. All independent observes
have confirmed that this government represents the electorate.
Unbelievingly, they have put
the elected government under pressure and have advised it to
recognise the Israeli regime,
abandon the struggle and follow the programs of the previous
If the current Palestinian government had run on the above
platform, would the Palestinian
people have voted for it? Again, can such position taken in
opposition to the Palestinian
government be reconciled with the values outlined earlier? The
people are also saying “why
are all UNSC resolutions in condemnation of Israel vetoed?”
As you are well aware, I live amongst the people
and am in constant contact with them --
many people from around the Middle East manage to contact me as
well. They dot not have
faith in these dubious policies either. There is evidence that
the people of the region are
becoming increasingly angry with such policies.
It is not my intention to pose to many questions, but I need to
refer to other points as well.
Why is it that any technological and scientific achievement
reached in the Middle East
regions is translated into and portrayed as a threat to the
Zionist regime? Is not scientific
R&D one of the basic rights of nations.
You are familiar with history. Aside from the Middle Ages, in
what other point in history has
scientific and technical progress been a crime? Can the
possibility of scientific achievements
being utilised for military purposes be reason enough to oppose
science and technology
altogether? If such a supposition is true, then all scientific
disciplines, including physics,
chemistry, mathematics, medicine, engineering, etc. must be
Lies were told in the Iraqi matter. What was the result? I have
no doubt that telling lies is
reprehensible in any culture, and you do not like to be lied to.
Don’t Latin Americans have the right to ask, why their elected
governments are being
opposed and coup leaders supported? Or, why must they constantly
be threatened and live in
The people of Africa are hardworking, creative and talented.
They can play an important and
valuable role in providing for the needs of humanity and
contribute to its material and
spiritual progress. Poverty and hardship in large parts of
Africa are preventing this from
happening. Don’t they have the right to ask why their enormous
wealth – including minerals –
is being looted, despite the fact that they need it more than
Again, do such actions correspond to the teachings of Christ and
the tenets of human rights?
The brave and faithful people of Iran too have many questions
and grievances, including: the
coup d’etat of 1953 and the subsequent toppling of the legal
government of the day,
opposition to the Islamic revolution, transformation of an
Embassy into a headquarters
supporting, the activities of those opposing the Islamic
Republic (many thousands of pages of
documents corroborates this claim), support for Saddam in the
war waged against Iran, the
shooting down of the Iranian passenger plane, freezing the
assets of the Iranian nation,
increasing threats, anger and displeasure vis-à-vis the
scientific and nuclear progress of the
Iranian nation (just when all Iranians are jubilant and
collaborating their country’s progress),
and many other grievances that I will not refer to in this
September Eleven was a horrendous incident. The killing of
innocents is deplorable and
appalling in any part of the world. Our government immediately
declared its disgust with the
perpetrators and offered its condolences to the bereaved and
expressed its sympathies.
All governments have a duty to protect the lives, property and
good standing of their citizens.
Reportedly your government employs extensive security,
protection and intelligence systems
– and even hunts its opponents abroad. September eleven was not
a simple operation. Could it
be planned and executed without coordination with intelligence
and security services – or
their extensive infiltration? Of course this is just an educated
guess. Why have the various
aspects of the attacks been kept secret? Why are we not told who
responsibilities? And, why aren’t those responsible and the
guilty parties identified and put
All governments have a duty to provide security and peace of
mind for their citizens. For
some years now, the people of your country and neighbours of
world trouble spots do not
have peace of mind. After 9.11, instead of healing and tending
to the emotional wounds of the
survivors and the American people – who had been immensely
traumatised by the attacks –
some Western media only intensified the climates of fear and
insecurity – some constantly
talked about the possibility of new terror attacks and kept the
people in fear. Is that service to
the American people? Is it possible to calculate the damages
incurred from fear and panic?
American citizen lived in constant fear of fresh attacks that
could come at any moment and in
any place. They felt insecure in the streets, in their place of
work and at home. Who would be
happy with this situation? Why was the media, instead of
conveying a feeling of security and
providing peace of mind, giving rise to a feeling of insecurity?
Some believe that the hype paved the way – and was the
justification – for an attack on
Afghanistan. Again I need to refer to the role of media.
In media charters, correct dissemination of information and
honest reporting of a story are
established tenets. I express my deep regret about the disregard
shown by certain Western
media for these principles. The main pretext for an attack on
Iraq was the existence of
WMDs. This was repeated incessantly – for the public to,
finally, believe – and the ground
set for an attack on Iraq.
Will the truth not be lost in a contrive and deceptive climate?
Again, if the truth is allowed to be lost, how can that be
reconciled with the earlier mentioned
Is the truth known to the Almighty lost as well?
In countries around the world, citizens provide for the expenses
of governments so that their
governments in turn are able to serve them.
The question here is “what has the hundreds of billions of
dollars, spent every year to pay for
the Iraqi campaign, produced for the citizens?”
As your Excellency is aware, in some states of your country,
people are living in poverty.
Many thousands are homeless and unemployment is a huge problem.
Of course these
problems exist – to a larger or lesser extent – in other
countries as well. With these conditions
in mind, can the gargantuan expenses of the campaign – paid from
the public treasury – be
explained and be consistent with the aforementioned principles?
What has been said, are some of the grievances of the people
around the world, in our region
and in your country. But my main contention – which I am hoping
you will agree to some of
it – is:
Those in power have specific time in office, and do not rule
indefinitely, but their names will
be recorded in history and will be constantly judged in the
immediate and distant futures.
The people will scrutinize our presidencies.
Did we manage to bring peace, security and prosperity for the
people or insecurity and
Did we intend to establish justice, or just supported especial
interest groups, and by forcing
many people to live in poverty and hardship, made a few people
rich and powerful – thus
trading the approval of the people and the Almighty with
Did we defend the rights of the underprivileged or ignore them?
Did we defend the rights of all people around the world or
imposed wars on them, interfered
illegally in their affairs, established hellish prisons and
incarcerated some of them?
Did we bring the world peace and security or raised the specter
of intimidation and threats?
Did we tell the truth to our nation and others around the world
or presented an inverted
version of it?
Were we on the side of people or the occupiers and oppressors?
Did our administration set out to promote rational behaviour,
logic, ethics, peace, fulfilling
obligations, justice, service to the people, prosperity,
progress and respect for human dignity
or the force of guns.
Intimidation, insecurity, disregard for the people, delaying the
progress and excellence of
other nations, and trample on people’s rights?
And finally, they will judge us on whether we remained true to
our oath of office – to serve
the people, which is our main task, and the traditions of the
prophets – or not?
How much longer can the world tolerate this situation?
Where will this trend lead the world to?
How long must the people of the world pay for the incorrect
decisions of some rulers?
How much longer will the specter of insecurity – raised from the
stockpiles of weapons of
mass destruction – hunt the people of the world?
How much longer will the blood of the innocent men, women and
children be spilled on the
streets, and people’s houses destroyed over their heads?
Are you pleased with the current condition of the world?
Do you think present policies can continue?
If billions of dollars spent on security, military campaigns and
troop movement were instead
spent on investment and assistance for poor countries, promotion
of health, combating
different diseases, education and improvement of mental and
physical fitness, assistance to
the victims of natural disasters, creation of employment
opportunities and production,
development projects and poverty alleviation, establishment of
peace, mediation between
disputing states and distinguishing the flames of racial, ethnic
and other conflicts were would
the world be today? Would not your government, and people be
Would not your administration’s political and economic standing
have been stronger?
And I am most sorry to say, would there have been an ever
increasing global hatred of the
Mr President, it is not my intention to distress anyone.
If prophet Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Ishmael, Joseph or Jesus
Christ (PBUH) were with us
today, how would they have judged such behaviour? Will we be
given a role to play in the
promised world, where justice will become universal and Jesus
Christ (PBUH) will be
present? Will they even accept us?
My basic question is this: Is there no better way to interact
with the rest of the world? Today
there are hundreds of millions of Christians, hundreds of
millions of Moslems and millions of
people who follow the teachings of Moses (PBUH). All divine
religions share and respect on
word and that is “monotheism” or belief in a single God and no
other in the world.
The holy Koran stresses this common word and calls on an
followers of divine religions and
says: [3.64] Say: O followers of the Book! Come to an equitable
proposition between us and
you that we shall not serve any but Allah and (that) we shall
not associate aught. With Him
and (that) some of us shall not take others for lords besides
Allah, but if they turn back, then
say: Bear witness that we are Muslims. (The Family of Imran).
According to divine verses, we have all been called upon to
worship one God and follow the
teachings of divine prophets.
“To worship a God which is above all powers in the world and can
do all He pleases.” “The
Lord which knows that which is hidden and visible, the past and
the future, knows what goes
on in the Hearts of His servants and records their deeds.”
“The Lord who is the possessor of the heavens and the earth and
all universe is His court”
“planning for the universe is done by His hands, and gives His
servants the glad tidings of
mercy and forgiveness of sins”. “He is the companion of the
oppressed and the enemy of
oppressors”. “He is the Compassionate, the Merciful”. “He is the
recourse of the faithful and
guides them towards the light from darkness”. “He is witness to
the actions of His servants”,
“He calls on servants to be faithful and do good deeds, and asks
them to stay on the path of
righteousness and remain steadfast”. “Calls on servants to heed
His prophets and He is a
witness to their deeds.” “A bad ending belongs only to those who
have chosen the life of this
world and disobey Him and oppress His servants”. And “A good and
eternal paradise belong
to those servants who fear His majesty and do not follow their
We believe a return to the teachings of the divine prophets is
the only road leading to
salvations. I have been told that Your Excellency follows the
teachings of Jesus (PBUH), and
believes in the divine promise of the rule of the righteous on
We also believe that Jesus Christ (PBUH) was one of the great
prophets of the Almighty. He
has been repeatedly praised in the Koran. Jesus (PBUH) has been
quoted in Koran as well;
[19,36] And surely Allah is my Lord and your Lord, therefore
serves Him; this is the right
Service to and obedience of the Almighty is the credo of all
The God of all people in Europe, Asia, Africa, America, the
Pacific and the rest of the world
is one. He is the Almighty who wants to guide and give dignity
to all His servants. He has
given greatness to Humans.
We again read in the Holy Book: “The Almighty God sent His
prophets with miracles and
clear signs to guide the people and show them divine signs and
purity them from sins and
pollutions. And He sent the Book and the balance so that the
people display justice and avoid
All of the above verses can be seen, one way or the other, in
the Good Book as well.
Divine prophets have promised:
The day will come when all humans will congregate before the
court of the Almighty, so that
their deeds are examined. The good will be directed towards
Haven and evildoers will meet
divine retribution. I trust both of us believe in such a day,
but it will not be easy to calculate
the actions of rulers, because we must be answerable to our
nations and all others whose lives
have been directly or indirectly effected by our actions.
All prophets, speak of peace and tranquillity for man – based on
monotheism, justice and
respect for human dignity.
Do you not think that if all of us come to believe in and abide
by these principles, that is,
monotheism, worship of God, justice, respect for the dignity of
man, belief in the Last Day,
we can overcome the present problems of the world – that are the
result of disobedience to the
Almighty and the teachings of prophets – and improve our
Do you not think that belief in these principles promotes and
guarantees peace, friendship and
Do you not think that the aforementioned written or unwritten
principles are universally
Will you not accept this invitation? That is, a genuine return
to the teachings of prophets, to
monotheism and justice, to preserve human dignity and obedience
to the Almighty and His
History tells us that repressive and cruel governments do not
survive. God has entrusted
The fate of man to them. The Almighty has not left the universe
and humanity to their own
devices. Many things have happened contrary to the wishes and
plans of governments. These
tell us that there is a higher power at work and all events are
determined by Him.
Can one deny the signs of change in the world today?
Is this situation of the world today comparable to that of ten
years ago? Changes happen fast
and come at a furious pace.
The people of the world are not happy with the status quo and
pay little heed to the promises
and comments made by a number of influential world leaders. Many
people around the wolrd
feel insecure and oppose the spreading of insecurity and war and
do not approve of and accept
The people are protesting the increasing gap between the haves
and the have-nots and the rich
and poor countries.
The people are disgusted with increasing corruption.
The people of many countries are angry about the attacks on
their cultural foundations and the
disintegration of families. They are equally dismayed with the
fading of care and compassion.
The people of the world have no faith in international
organisations, because their rights are
not advocated by these organisations.
Liberalism and Western style democracy have not been able to
help realize the ideals of
humanity. Today these two concepts have failed. Those with
insight can already hear the
sounds of the shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts
of the liberal democratic
We increasingly see that people around the world are flocking
towards a main focal point –
that is the Almighty God. Undoubtedly through faith in God and
the teachings of the
prophets, the people will conquer their problems. My question
for you is: “Do you not want to
Whether we like it or not, the world is gravitating towards
faith in the Almighty and justice
and the will of God will prevail over all things.
Vasalam Ala Man Ataba’al hoda
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
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