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.

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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.


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  • jon ingle
    signed 2018-05-17 16:46:23 -0400
  • sue lee mossman
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  • Molly McCabe
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  • Gayle Brandeis
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  • Steve Talley
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    My regrets.
  • Deborah Faye Lawrence
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  • Ken Drumbolis
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  • Tim Trotochaud
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-05-17 13:41:06 -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
  • Tim Trotochaud
    signed 2018-05-17 13:39:44 -0400
  • Ahmad Nasrolahi
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    Ahmad Nasrolahi
  • Veterans for Peace Chapter 159 Corteville
    signed via 2018-05-17 13:24:50 -0400
  • Jennifer TImmons
    signed 2018-05-17 13:22:35 -0400
  • Esther la Russa
    signed 2018-05-17 12:43:09 -0400
  • John-Michael Lee
    signed 2018-05-17 12:19:05 -0400
  • Robert Maginnis
    signed 2018-05-17 09:28:49 -0400
    We apologize that our politicians are afraid of AIPAC, act as servants of the Israelis. that maybe 30% of our citizens believe in the self fulfilling Biblical prophecy of Armageddon, war in the Middle East.
  • Baz Metse
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-05-17 09:06:21 -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
  • Barry Metse
    signed 2018-05-17 09:05:27 -0400
  • Rossella Aquila
    signed 2018-05-17 08:24:26 -0400
  • hamid sadr
    signed 2018-05-17 03:47:30 -0400
    hamid sadr
  • David Hereaux
    signed 2018-05-17 01:18:08 -0400
    David Hereaux, criminals own Iran, just like they own almost all, if not all, countries. :-(
  • Naomi Jaffe
    signed via 2018-05-16 23:17:29 -0400
  • Barbara Nielsen
    signed via 2018-05-16 23:13:58 -0400
    Barbara L Nielsen
  • Miriam Hammer
    signed 2018-05-16 22:41:49 -0400
    I agree with most of this letter and on behalf of many U.S. citizens, I apologize to you, the people of Iran. I don’t agree with the part of this letter that says the U.S. shouldn’t ever send our troops “to faraway places” or have anything to do with the Middle East. I believe that at times the U.S. has and can promote peace and fairness. Whether this occurs depends very much on the people in charge of the government. Sadly, I do not see the current U.S. administration promoting peace and fairness in the Middle East. People of Iran, please remember that a majority of those U.S. citizens who voted in the 2016 National Election did NOT vote for Donald Trump. Peace be upon you.

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