An apology to the people of Iran


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.

You can sign anonymously or publicly:

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.


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  • Maryam Jamali
    signed 2018-06-25 20:46:35 -0400
  • shermin ahmed
    signed 2018-06-25 18:54:46 -0400
  • Janyce Cavanaugh
    signed 2018-06-25 15:07:02 -0400
  • alireza kavosh
    signed 2018-06-25 10:18:37 -0400
    thank you from iran
  • Ken Crowley
    signed 2018-06-21 12:49:58 -0400
  • Ben Tao
    signed 2018-06-18 17:34:22 -0400
  • Tahzeeb Zaidi
    signed 2018-06-17 22:43:00 -0400
  • molly murdey
    signed 2018-06-17 21:16:12 -0400
  • Nazihnuri Beydoun
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-06-17 16:50:02 -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
  • Nazihnuri Beydoun
    signed 2018-06-17 16:49:33 -0400
  • sue downs
    signed 2018-06-17 15:59:01 -0400
  • David Routh
    signed 2018-06-17 12:55:05 -0400
    I made many Iranian friends in the late 70’s and onward at NCSU. I am thankful for them for helping me to see the world better.
  • Patricia DeLuca
    signed 2018-06-17 11:56:09 -0400
  • Charlotte Koons
    signed via 2018-06-17 11:44:57 -0400
    Please understand that Trump does not represent all US Citizens. There are so many of us that will continue to work for a just peace!
  • Pat Elder
    signed 2018-06-16 19:21:18 -0400
    Dear Iran, You know there are a lot of us over here who love you! Don’t lose hope.
  • Beverly Bean
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-06-12 01:06:25 -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
  • Beverly Bean
    signed 2018-06-12 01:05:21 -0400
    Beverly G Bean
  • judy
    signed 2018-06-11 13:41:14 -0400
    I am so sorry ffor the suffering our government has caused you. Judy Geer
  • richard murray
    signed via 2018-06-11 00:31:45 -0400
  • Charlotte Pustek
    signed 2018-06-10 15:53:14 -0400
  • Robert Purcell
    signed 2018-06-09 19:13:16 -0400
  • Ali Behboodi
    signed 2018-06-08 08:48:46 -0400
  • Alex Gloy
    signed 2018-06-07 04:28:02 -0400
    The US breaking the deal it negotiated only a little while ago has little to do with nuclear weapons. The US is simply pissed off about the South Pars gas field (largest in the world). No US company is participating in any of the 24 development phases. Iran has been building up LNG liquification capacities so the oil can be shipped to Europe. The US’s declared strategy is to avoid closer ties between cheap energy in the Middle East and Russia and European consumers on the other hand.US would like to export its own energy to Europe. If you’d like to learn more, google “Mackinder heartland theory” and watch “Stratfor:The US Main Interest is to Stop Alliance Between Russia and Germany” on YouTube.
  • Angela Parker
    signed 2018-06-06 16:20:29 -0400
  • Daniel Dunivant
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-06-04 14:23:03 -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
  • Daniel Dunivant
    signed 2018-06-04 14:22:15 -0400
  • Alanna Hartzok
    signed 2018-06-03 21:03:21 -0400
    I wish only the best for the people of Iran.
  • Ruth Koehle
    signed 2018-06-03 16:51:08 -0400
  • Rebecca Martin
    signed 2018-06-03 03:36:03 -0400
    I am ashamed that too often the American government allows Israel to dictate policy. It’s a dangerous and foolish path as it always has been. The world suffers.
  • Yvonne Bartfeld
    signed 2018-06-02 23:37:38 -0400
    Peace is inscribed, embedded and aligned in the central nervous system of all human beings…

    Let it be so – it is done…

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