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Iranian dissidents to Trump: Break with Obama=E2=80=99s pro-Iran policy - M=
East - Jerusalem Post
A group of leading Iranian human rights activists and former political =
prisoners published an open letter on Friday to President-elect Donald =
Trump asking for a wholesale change from President Obama=E2=80=99s rapproch=
with Iran=E2=80=99s clerical regime.
=E2=80=9CUnfortunately, Iranians have been among the main victims of the =
detrimental policies adopted by President Obama in the Middle East. A =
prime example of these detrimental policies was the secret delivery of =
hundreds of millions of dollars in cash to the Revolutionary Guards in =
exchange for the release of the hostages,=E2=80=9D the dissidents=E2=80=99 =
=E2=80=9CThe exchange encouraged the Islamic Republic not only to expand it=
hostage for cash program, but to double down on its domestic suppression =
and interference in the region, to the point that our country is now on =
the brink of an allout war
with its Arab neighbors and other American allies in the region.=E2=80=9D
(Iran Foreign Minister Zarif hopes nuclear deal is kept once the dust =
Fox News first published the document, the full text of which can be =
read on the Farsi-language website Taghato, which is run by the Iranian =
Liberal Students and Graduates group.
The signatories come from France, Germany, East Asia, Canada, the US and =
Hamed Sheibanyrad, a research fellow at the French National Center for =
Scientific Research, and Saba Farzan, a journalist and executive =
director of the Berlin-based Foreign Policy Circle, are among the signers.
The letter quoted a Trump statement from 2011: =E2=80=9CIf Obama would=E2=
=80=99ve backed =
the people of Iran two years ago when that county had a big, big =
problem, we wouldn=E2=80=99t have any problems in Iran. That country would=
been turned over so fast, instead he abandoned those people.=E2=80=9D
It also accused Obama of walking away from Iranian democrats during the =
2009 Green Movement protests against Iran=E2=80=99s presidential election =
results, which were widely viewed as fraudulent.
=E2=80=9CIn 2009, millions of pro-democracy Iranians poured into the street=
s of =
Tehran and asked President Obama to support them. To their despair, in =
what can only be described as an unthinkable shift and a 180-degree turn =
on all the principal values of the United States, President Obama=E2=80=99s =
administration was busy conducting secret correspondence with Ayatollah =
Khamenei=E2=80=A6 At the same time, Ayatollah=E2=80=99s cronies were openin=
g fire on =
protesters,=E2=80=9D noted the letter.
=E2=80=9CThe hope and trust they once placed in the United States to suppor=
freedom and democracy is undermined and can now be amended only through =
fundamental changes in the US policy which only you can bring forth.
=E2=80=9CThe ISIS and the Islamic Republic of Iran are two sides of the coi=
that is Islamic fundamentalist terrorism. To end this reign of terror, =
the Islamic caliphate (ISIS) and the Islamic regime in Iran must be =
replaced with elected pro-peace and prosperity governments.=E2=80=9D
The US State department identified Iran as the leading state sponsor of =
terrorism in its 2016 report.
The letter called for fresh sanctions targeting =E2=80=9Cthe Islamic =
Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the supreme leader=E2=80=99s financial =
empire and direct the US Treasury to strongly enforce them=E2=80=9D and sto=
Iran=E2=80=99s pursuit of long-range missiles.
Publication of the document electrified Iran=E2=80=99s social media and =
regime-controlled news outlets. The IRGC-controlled Fars News Agency =
called supporters of the letter traitors, while the subject was among =
the top hashtags on Twitter.
BBC Persian said the letter was re-tweeted more than 10,000 times.
The signers urged Trump =E2=80=9Cto support the pro-democracy Iranians whos=
goal is to replace the Khomeinist regime of Tehran with a =
Iran has the capacity to be one of the most steadfast allies of the =
United States in the world once the Islamic regime is gone=E2=80=A6 The wor=
without the Islamic Republic and the Islamic State is a better place.=E2=80=
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