An apology to the people of Iran

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These are indeed terrifying times. Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement is reckless, baseless and dangerous. We cannot allow him to take us down the path towards war with Iran.

Join Jane Fonda, Oliver Stone, Danny Glover, Noam Chomsky, Vijay Prashad, Eve Ensler, Mike Farrell, Frances Fisher, Shiva Rose, Matthew Modine, UPPJ, IPS, World Beyond War, Voices for Non Violence and more in reaching out to the Iranian people with an apology for our president’s unscrupulous behavior and a pledge to try to reverse this decision. We will publicize this “Apology to the Iranian People” via social media and publications inside Iran.

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Open Letter to the People of Iran from the American People

Dear Friends,

We, the undersigned, apologize for Donald Trump’s reckless, baseless, and dangerous decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement and we pledge to do everything we can to reverse that decision.

We are ashamed that our government has broken an agreement that was already signed not just by the United States and Iran, but also by France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China, and then approved by the entire UN Security Council in a unanimous vote. We are ashamed that our government has broken a deal that was working, a deal with which Iran was complying, a deal  that was making our entire world safer and could have moved our nations closer towards the path of friendship.

Unlike our president, we believe that a deal is a deal. Unlike our president, we want to resolve the conflicts in the Middle East, not escalate them. Unlike our president, we want our nation’s resources to be dedicated to enriching people’s lives, not enriching the weapons makers. Unlike our president, we want to live in peace and harmony with the people of Iran.

We understand that our nation already has a dreadful history of meddling in the internal affairs of your country. The 1953 coup that overthrew your democratically elected government was unconscionable. So was US support for Iraq’s Saddam Hussein when he invaded Iran in 1980, including selling him material for making chemical weapons that were used against you. The 1988 shooting down of an Iranian civilian airliner, killing all 290 passengers and crew, was unconscionable. So, too, are the decades of covert actions to overthrow your government and the decades of sanctions that have brought such needless suffering to ordinary Iranians.

We understand that the US government has no business interfering in your internal affairs or in the Middle East in general. We should not be selling weapons to nations guilty of gross human rights violations or sending our military to fight in faraway lands. With all the flaws in our own society--from massive inequality and racism to a political system corrupted by monetary influences--we should clean up our own house instead of telling others how to govern themselves.

We will do everything in our power to stop Donald Trump from strangling your economy and taking us to war with you. We will ask the UN to sanction the United States for violating the nuclear agreement. We will urge the Europeans, Russians, and Chinese to keep the deal alive and increase their trade relations. And we will work to rid ourselves of this unscrupulous president and replace him with someone who is trustworthy, moral, and committed to diplomacy.

Please accept our hand in friendship. May the peacemakers prevail over those who sow hatred and discord.

Sincerely,

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  • posted about this on Facebook 2018-05-20 16:13:35 -0400
    Trump’s withdrawal from the #IranDeal is baseless and dangerous. As American people committed to peace and diplomacy, we are penning a letter of apology to the Iranian people. Support and share to help us stop the next war. via @codepink
  • signed 2018-05-20 16:12:22 -0400
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2018-05-20 15:49:35 -0400
    Trump’s withdrawal from the #IranDeal is baseless and dangerous. As American people committed to peace and diplomacy, we are penning a letter of apology to the Iranian people. Support and share to help us stop the next war. via @codepink
  • @moods_and_music tweeted link to this page. 2018-05-20 15:49:32 -0400
    Trump’s withdrawal from the #IranDeal is baseless and dangerous. As American people committed to peace and diplomacy, we are penning a letter of apology to the Iranian people. Support and share to help us stop the next war. via @codepink https://www.codepink.org/an_apology_to_the_people_of_iran?recruiter_id=743388
  • signed 2018-05-20 15:06:20 -0400
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  • signed 2018-05-20 08:47:29 -0400
    I believe my energies first need to be working to end the U.S. nuclear arsenal to demonstrate true courage to create a new world where we all understand the preciousness of this life, its inevitable end, and work together to minimize all suffering…….
  • signed 2018-05-20 08:19:27 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2018-05-20 06:43:58 -0400
    Trump’s withdrawal from the #IranDeal is baseless and dangerous. As American people committed to peace and diplomacy, we are penning a letter of apology to the Iranian people. Support and share to help us stop the next war. via @codepink
  • @PatrickB_Butler tweeted link to this page. 2018-05-20 06:43:54 -0400
    Trump’s withdrawal from the #IranDeal is baseless and dangerous. As American people committed to peace and diplomacy, we are penning a letter of apology to the Iranian people. Support and share to help us stop the next war. via @codepink https://www.codepink.org/an_apology_to_the_people_of_iran?recruiter_id=756800
  • signed 2018-05-20 06:43:17 -0400
    Rumsfeld lied about Iran using its proxies to kill Americans – he released from detention assassination teams from the Badr Brigade with target lists of Baathists (-Derek Harvey) and stopped investigations into them. See proof Rumsfeld intentionally started the civil war in Iraq
  • signed 2018-05-20 04:59:28 -0400
    This imperialist project must end before it is too late.
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2018-05-19 20:18:02 -0400
    Trump’s withdrawal from the #IranDeal is baseless and dangerous. As American people committed to peace and diplomacy, we are penning a letter of apology to the Iranian people. Support and share to help us stop the next war. via @codepink
  • @LeisaSD tweeted link to this page. 2018-05-19 20:17:58 -0400
    Trump’s withdrawal from the #IranDeal is baseless and dangerous. As American people committed to peace and diplomacy, we are penning a letter of apology to the Iranian people. Support and share to help us stop the next war. via @codepink https://www.codepink.org/an_apology_to_the_people_of_iran?recruiter_id=707531
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  • signed 2018-05-19 10:08:02 -0400
    Thank you but u talked more about avoiding the next war but also if no war happens the sanction will affect too negatively the Iranian people living inside or outside the country. For example sending just a small amount of money to Iran (for us as Iranian students living outside Iran) becomes so complicate and ridiculous ,These problems were all in last years and we were so happy after deal these problems will solve by time. But just when European banks and offices started to get the normal routine with Iranian banks this news came out. The Europeans tell that they stay in deal but anyway all of us know America as superpower play a principle role. I am so sorry and don’t want to blame someone but maybe people in superpower countries have to be more be careful about who goes on power because they affect international politics.
  • signed 2018-05-19 09:06:44 -0400
    Please honor our treaty with Iran.
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