Rastgou; Open letter to Obama

Dear President Obama,

We want you to know, that a majority of ordinary Iranians, both home and abroad, support the nuclear deal. As Negar Mortazavi, an Iranian-American journalist, quotes in the Washington Post, 1) thousands of Iranians have gathered in various cities across the world to rally for the deal´s passage.

According to a new poll by the University of Teheran´s Center for Public Opinion Research (UTCPOR) and IranPoll.com, working in conjunction with the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), some 57 percent of Iranians support a nuclear deal.2)

Even critics of the Iranian regime support the deal. Dozens of high-profile Iranians, many of whom have been jailed for their political views, launched a video campaign calling the Congress not to inhibit the nuclear deal.3) The campaign includes messages from celebrated film-maker Jafar Panahi, Nobel peace prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, and British-Iranian activist Ghoncheh Ghavami. Also 340 Jewish rabbis sent a letter to Congress on Monday declaring their support for the Iran nuclear deal.4)

This should prove, that supporting the nuclear deal does not mean supporting the Iranian regime. But this is what those, who lobby against the deal, especially the “Mojahedin-e-Khalg Organization” (MEK/MKO/PMOI)” try to make their followers believe.

The deal´s opponents in the Iranian Diasporas are a minority, some of whom are connected to certain pressure group in Western capitals. They do not represent the Iranian people!

The MEK, calling themselves “the Iranian Resistance”, try hard to prevent this deal because they want to force a military invention. Therefore they send out their fellas like Bob Mendez, who is a longtime supporter of the MEK,5) to vote against the deal. Working together with Israeli and US warmongers they spend thousands of dollars campaigning against the deal.

We want you, Mr. President, to recognize, that those who yell for a hard line against Teheran, are not the voice of the Iranian people!

We want you to see, that the Iranian people support an approaching to the US!

We want you to fight for this deal, for freedom and for the people!

Please do not forget thatthose who have paid the highest price for the cause of democracy and human rights in Iran (majority of the Iranian people) are supporting the deal.

Yours sincerely,

 AAWA Association e.V.

Dipl. Ing. Ali Akbar Rastgou (Chairman)

September 2015

[1] https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/08/26/these-iranian-pro-democracy-activists-want-congress-to-back-the-nuclear-deal/

 [2] http://iranprimer.usip.org/blog/2015/jun/23/poll-1-majority-iranians-support-deal

[3] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/25/prominent-iranians-launch-campaign-congress-nuclear-deal

 [4] http://thehill.com/policy/defense/251263-340-rabbis-urge-congress-to-support-iran-nuclear-deal

[5] https://theintercept.com/2015/02/26/long-march-yellow/

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