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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  • Stephanie Crist
    signed 2018-05-24 19:31:12 -0400
  • Daniel Griffith
    signed 2018-05-24 17:06:00 -0400
  • Paige Murphy-Young
    signed 2018-05-24 16:24:17 -0400
    Paige Murphy-Young
  • joanne rovno
    signed 2018-05-24 13:28:52 -0400
    we do not want war with you. we know of our troubled leadership in the united states. as a mother and grandmother i appreciate all life. please know we love you.
  • Rose M Riker
    signed 2018-05-24 12:51:39 -0400
    I am truly sorry we have such idiots running our government!
  • M. Fishler
    signed 2018-05-24 09:30:49 -0400
    The Iranians I’ve known have always been the best representatives of your beautiful country. I’m so sorry for the years of sanctions that must have hurt your people. I hope we can begin again and work for peace in this world.
  • Linda Eyre-Nelford
    signed 2018-05-24 03:15:36 -0400
  • Lori Tuttle
    signed 2018-05-24 01:30:00 -0400
  • susan beeftink
    @sbeeftink1 tweeted link to this page. 2018-05-23 23:54:54 -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
  • Susan Beeftink
    signed 2018-05-23 23:54:22 -0400
  • Lee-Ann Johnson
    signed 2018-05-23 22:50:53 -0400
  • Nader Haidar
    signed 2018-05-23 22:27:14 -0400
    Sadly, I was a zealous supporter of President Trump, but had a recent change of heart. I’m a Lebanese but I saw in him a different voice coming from the US. Lately, I’ve realized there was nothing different about him. He is just another imperialist. Now, he scares me because his finger is on the trigger and he is pointing the gun towards all of us. This man could do anything. Literally, anything.
  • James R. Dawson
    signed 2018-05-23 22:10:18 -0400
  • Professor Akbar Montaser
    signed via 2018-05-23 20:06:18 -0400
    Dante Rondo Most

    Donald Trump should be removed from office immediately! He lacks the intelligence required to be an efficient or greater statesman representing the American people to the world. His “No deal” with Iran is yet another move to support Isreal’s power play in the middle east region. We need peace and cooperation on the planet now! Not warmongers and haters, like Trump!
  • Kathleen Keske
    signed 2018-05-23 19:19:13 -0400
  • Mahmood Naeini
    signed via 2018-05-23 18:24:47 -0400
    I always had great respect gor the Americans until Trump came and introduced us to Famericans sorry for you all good people
  • Tracy Bryant
    signed 2018-05-23 16:54:26 -0400
  • Michael Rice
    signed 2018-05-23 15:33:44 -0400
  • janet thompson
    signed 2018-05-23 14:36:54 -0400
    I can only blame the ignorance of this President for putting Iran & the U.S. in a perilous state. I support Iran and the beautiful, loving Iranian people. I condemn the decision to withdraw from the Iranian agreement.
  • Lynn G
    signed 2018-05-23 14:16:27 -0400
    L. Grassmeyer
  • Natalie Strecker
    signed 2018-05-23 13:47:54 -0400
    To Iran we apologise that a hideously ignorant, arrogant racist has taken up office in the White House & employed other hideous racists & religious extremists.

    Much love that our world so much needs 🙏✌🏼
  • Hamid Varzi
    signed 2018-05-23 12:53:27 -0400
    Thank you so much for your courageous and determined initiative. The U.S. currently resembles Germany in 1936. Let’s hope WWIII can be averted.
  • Amy Marsh
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-05-23 11:04:46 -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
  • Amy Marsh
    @AmyMarshEdD tweeted link to this page. 2018-05-23 11:04:42 -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
  • Amy Marsh
    signed 2018-05-23 11:04:11 -0400
  • Brian Cassidy
    signed 2018-05-23 08:01:52 -0400
  • Brant Groff
    signed 2018-05-22 23:40:07 -0400
  • Farhad navay
    signed 2018-05-22 22:11:25 -0400
  • Simine Tepper
    signed 2018-05-22 19:57:13 -0400
  • Chuck Tyler
    signed 2018-05-22 15:48:11 -0400
    As a US Army combat veteran, I am deeply saddened that a path of peace was the opposite of what this administration desired with your country. I’m sorry.

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