Full Text of Pres. Ahmadinejad's Letter to
By Fars News Agency
08/29/06 -- -TEHRAN (Fars
News Agency)- Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently forwarded a letter to the
German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
This was President Ahmadinejad's second letter to the heads of
western states, considering an earlier one he wrote to the US
President, George W. Bush.
Unlike his first letter to Bush, President Ahmadinejad in his
letter to Merkel, has touched on his country's nuclear issue,
where he has stressed that Iran's decision for the acquisition
of the nuclear technology is irrevocable.
What follows is the full text of President Ahmadinejad's letter
to the German Chancellor.
In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate
Her Excellency Angela Merkel
The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
Please accept my warmest greetings.
If it had not been for Germany being a great contributor to
progress in science, philosophy, literature, arts and politics;
If it had not been for a more important and positive influence
of Germany in international relations and promotion of peace;
Moreover, if it had not been for the persistence of a strong
will by certain global powers and special groups to constantly
portray Germany as defeated and indebted country of World War II
in order to continue their extortions;
And if it had not been for the presence of Your Excellency at
the top of the executive branch of your country as an
experienced stateswoman with bitter and sweet experiences in two
dissimilar societies with different political systems and
And at the same time, if it had not been for the advantages that
are limited to women, such as stronger human sentiments and
certain manifestations of the divine compassion and kindness,
specially in the position of a mother and being at the service
of the people, and the common responsibility of all people with
faith in God to defend human dignity and worth and to prevent
violations of their rights and their humiliation, and proceeding
from this conviction that we are all created by the Almighty and
He has bestowed upon us all dignity and no one has any special
privileges over the other, and under no circumstances could a
society be deprived of its rights, barred from pursuit of
progress and perfection or be controlled or humiliated;
Finally, if it had not been for the oppression, however
different, of our nations, our shared responsibility to promote
justice as the most basic foundation for promotion of peace and
human equality, I would not have found the motive to write this
Rulers come and go, but people with culture and history and
their attachments and desires will keep on staying.
Opportunities in front of those in position of high power are
transient, even if they may be vast and broad. These
opportunities are very auspicious and can play a key role in the
negative and positive transformations and developments of a
Those in position of high power do not normally have many
opportunities, but are accountable before the Almighty and
people due to their high responsibility. We know this, and you
know it as well.
Some of these developments can have regional, continental and
global ramifications and can hardly be overlooked.
For sometime I have been thinking why some nations that their
history shows they have indeed had an important and prominent
share and role in material and spiritual progress of mankind in
various arenas of science, arts, philosophy, literature and
politics and were makers of civilization are not allowed to be
proud as a nation of their historical accomplishments and play
their deserved and constructive role on the global arena. They
try to keep the black cloud of humiliation and shame hanging
over their heads. And even more regrettably, some of the leaders
of such a nation regard this situation befitting them and their
nation and try to justify it. This is really an astonishing
phenomenon in today's world. The propaganda machinery after
World War II has been so colossal that has caused some people to
believe that they are the guilty party by historical accounts
and must pay the penalty fort the wrongs committed by their
forefathers for successive generations and for indefinite period
World War II came to an end with all its material and moral
losses and its 60 million casualties. The death of human beings
is tragic and sad. In all divine religions and before all
awakened conscience and pure nature of mankind and the sense of
right and wrong, the life, property and honor of people,
regardless of their religious persuasion and ethnic background,
must be respected at all times and all places.
Sixty years have passed since the end of the war. But,
regrettably the entire world and some nations in particular are
still facing its consequences. Even now the conduct of some
bullying powers and power-seeking and aggressive groups is the
conduct of victors with the vanquished.
The extortion and blackmail continue, and people are not allowed
to think about or even question the source of this extortion,
otherwise they face imprisonment. When will this situation end?
Sixty years, one hundred years or one thousand years, when? I am
sorry to remind you that today the perpetual claimants against
the great people of Germany are the bullying powers and the
Zionists that founded the Al-Qods Occupying Regime with the
force of bayonets in the Middle East.
The Honorable Chancellor
I have no intention of arguing about the Holocaust. But, does it
not stand to reason that some victorious countries of World War
II intended to create an alibi on the basis of which they could
continue keeping the defeated nations of World War II indebted
to them. Their purpose has been to weaken their morale and their
inspiration in order to obstruct their progress and power. In
addition to the people of Germany, the peoples of the Middle
East have also borne the brunt of the Holocaust. By raising the
necessity of settling the survivors of the Holocaust in the land
of Palestine, they have created a permanent threat in the Middle
East in order to rob the people of the region of the
opportunities to achieve progress. The collective conscience of
the world is indignant over the daily atrocities by the Zionist
occupiers, destruction of homes and farms, killing of children,
assassinations and bombardments.
Excellency, you have seen that the Zionist government does not
even tolerate a government elected by the Palestinian people,
and over and over again has demonstrated that it recognizes no
limit in attacking the neighboring countries.
The question is why did the victors of the war, especially
England that had apparently such a strong sense of
responsibility toward the survivors of the Holocaust not allow
them to settle in their territory. Why did they force them to
migrate to other people's land by launching a wave of
anti-Semitism? Using the excuse for the settlement of the
survivors of the Holocaust, they encouraged the Jews worldwide
to migrate and today a large part of the inhabitants of the
occupied territories are non-European Jews. If tyranny and
killing is condemned in one part of the world, can we acquiesce
and go along with tyranny, killing, occupation and
assassinations in another part of the world simply in order to
redress the past wrongs?
We need to ask ourselves that for what purposes the millions of
dollars that the Zionists receive from the treasury of some
Western countries are spent for. Are they used for the promotion
of peace and the well-being of the people? Or are they used for
waging war against Palestinians and the neighboring countries.
Are the nuclear arsenals of Israel intended to be used in
defense of the survivors of the Holocaust or as a permanent
thereat against nations of the region and as an instrument of
coercion, and possibly to defend the interests of certain
circles of power in the Western countries.
Regrettably, the influence of the Zionists in the economy, media
and some centers of political power has endangered interests of
the European nations and has robbed them of many opportunities.
The main alibi for this approach is the extortion they exact
from the Holocaust.
One can imagine what standing some European countries could have
had and what global role they could have played, if it had not
been for this sixty-year old imposition.
I believe we both share the view that the flourishing of nations
and their role are directly related to freedom and sense of
Fortunately, with all the pressures and limitations, the great
nation of Germany has been able to take great strides toward
advancement and has become a major economic powerhouse in Europe
that also seeks to play a more effective role in international
interactions. But just imagine where Germany would be today in
terms of its eminence among the freedom-loving nations, Muslims
of the world and peoples of Europe, if such a situation did not
exist and the governments in power in Germany had said no to the
extortions by the Zionists and had not supported the greatest
enemy of mankind.
It is sad to admit that Europe has lost a lot of its clout in
global interactions and has not been able to face and overcome
major challenges by relying on itself. This is, of course,
understandable. The big powers outside of the continent intend
to prove that Europe cannot rely on itself and do anything
without their help and intervention.
Our people have also suffered from the interventions by some of
the victors of the war after World War II. For many years they
interfered in our internal affairs and did not want to see our
nation conquer the pinnacles of progress and perfection. They
had their eyes on our natural wealth, above all on our energy
resources. To secure their own interests, they overthrew the
legally constituted government of the time, installed a
dictatorial regime and supported it to the end. Later, they
supported Saddam in the war imposed on our people and observed
no humanitarian boundary in their support for the Iraqi
dictator. Our nation has experienced the pain and anguish from
the interferences of those who are now crying out for human
rights. There are still many suffering from the wounds and
injuries of this war.
Many of these aggressions have taken place by those who regard
themselves the victors of the World War II. They allow
themselves to do whatever they wish, and unfortunately, after
the end of the Cold War, the arrogance and expansionist
ambitions of these powers have escalated.
We believe that still a major part of the peoples of the world
and even international organizations are under the influence of
the behavior and the conduct of the victors of the World War II.
I explained the position of the people and government of the
Islamic Republic of Iran at the United Nations General Assembly.
Is the present state of affairs such as the rules governing the
work of the Security Council, especially the right to veto,
Do you not think that the time has come to change these rules in
cooperation with independent governments? These rules are by no
means acceptable to the collective conscience of nations and are
contrary to the sense of reason and human nature. At least, if
we want to be fairer, some other countries of the world should
be allowed to benefit from the right to veto.
You are familiar with the pains and sufferings currently
afflicting our world. Today, the pain and suffering of the
people of Iraq that come from occupation, absence of security
and daily acts of terrorism are tormenting the entire humanity.
Relentless interferences of some bullying powers in the internal
affairs of other nations, antagonism toward the inalienable
rights of nations to have access to more advanced technologies,
subjecting nations to permanent threats by relying on arsenals
of chemical and nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction,
opposition to popular governments in Latin America, supporting
coup d'état and dictatorial regimes, absence of due attention to
Africa and taking advantage of the power vacuum there to plunder
their wealth are among the problems facing our world today. In
my letter to President Bush, I spelled out a long list of
contemporary global problems.
Where are the roots of these problems? How long can they
continue? Do you not think that the main root lies in the fact
that some of the rulers and powers of today have distanced
themselves from the teachings of the divine prophets, the
teachings of Abraham, Moses and Jesus Christ (peace be upon him)
and the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).
These teachings are in all divine religions that you and I
· God is the creator of all things and beings. We have all been
created free and He has not allowed us to be the servant of
anyone other than Him.
· He has commanded us to worship Him and to avoid all oppressors
· He has commanded us to be virtuous, to be good to and serve
the people, and has directed us to be kind to and defend the
oppressed and fight the oppressors.
· God has given humans dignity and scorns their humiliation.
· He has sent his messengers with clear reasons, the Book and a
balance and has called on his servants to promote justice.
Based on these shared principles and foundations of our faith,
· Peace and tranquility can only be established and endure on
the basis of faith in God and justice.
· Peace and dignity are the rights of all nations.
· Pursuit of progress and better livelihood combined with
spirituality, compassion and well-being is the right of people.
· You and we can found a new movement to achieve these noble
human ideals by relying on these principles and the articles of
faith that are common to all divine religions.
Our nations believe and are committed to these pillars of faith.
The history has shown that the people of Iran are not familiar
with aggressing and brutalizing other nations. Nevertheless, we
do not allow being the subject and victim of aggression and
brutality. The experience of the eight-year war clearly
demonstrated this fact to the whole world.
I believe we and you have both been the subject of tyranny. They
do not respect your rights and want us also to forego our
rights. Fortunately, I have heard that you also speak your mind
openly and are against engendering tension and wars.
The inner instincts and nature of the peoples of the world have
Tendency toward faith in the oneness of God is on the rise.
People will no longer tolerate to be tyrannized, humiliated and
their rights violated.
The prevailing circumstances today differ from those of
yesterday. Multiple standards and approaches in relations will
Iran and Germany can play a more important role together in the
international arena by relying on the noble and high values.
This cooperative relationship can also enhance the role of
Europe on the global scene and serve as a model of cooperation
between two governments and nations.
Without doubt, cooperation of two peace-loving, powerful and
cultured nations of Germany and Iran will serve the interests of
Europe as well. Together we must end the present abnormalities
in international relations, the type of order and relations that
are based on the impositions of the victors of the World War II
on the defeated nations. Nations and many governments will be on
our side on this path.
We must make the shadow of World War II disappear and help the
international community to promote security, freedom and sense
The people of Iran and Germany are two great nations that have
contributed to the making of our civilization. They have rich
culture and have been in the forefront of science, literature,
arts and philosophy. Both of our people have a strong faith in
God and follow the teachings of divine prophets. They have also
had long-lasting scientific, cultural and commercial relations
and share many valuable mutual interests.
I have no doubt that with the cooperation of the two governments
and the support of the two great nations we can take great
strides forward in alleviating the problems and abnormalities of
our world today.
Daring and courageous decisions are the key to our success in
overcoming the existing problems, countering the violations of
rights and defending the rights of nations.
To the extent that I know of the people of Germany, they will
come along and join us and want restore their dignity and
influence for the sake of global peace and calm. Our people have
the similar spirit.
Together we will be able to prove to some powers that respecting
other nations and their rights is good for them as well. Our two
nations and governments, next to each other, will be able to
play a fundamental role in promoting peace, security, progress,
and human dignity at the scale of two countries and
In closing, I pray to the Almighty for the success of Your
Excellency and the government and people of Germany.
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