By Abbas Yavari
Dear Honorable Mr. President Bush,
Please do not bomb my parents, my
parents-in laws, grandmother, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces,
nephews, thousands of other relatives, friends, and 70 million Iranians that do
not want anything to do with war and your ideas of democracy and
I am a proud American Citizen (by my
own choice) of Iranian nationality. I am not a writer, so I do not profess to be
able to write professionally. I am just writing as a citizen to express my
horror, disbelief, and sadness that you may actually go ahead and order the
bombing of Iran. Mr. Bush, bombing Iraq and Afghanistan for the past 10 years or
so has not done anything for the dead or alive there. People of
Iran do not want anything
better than a normalized and healthy relationship between Iran and America. They want to live in peace,
work, and study and raise a family like the American people. If you do not approve of the Iranian
Government's policy, talk to them and make a deal. Bombing will not solve
anything. If the Iranians actually want change, they will do it themselves
without your help. Iranians that
live there will not appreciate to be dead and maimed by the millions to get your
version of democracy.
I wrote once before in November
1999, before the presidential election for 2000, that both Democrats and
Republicans are no friends of Iranian people; therefore, I suggested voting for
Ralph Nader. My arguments have all come true now.
Let the Iranian people in
Iran choose their own version of
democracy that suits their needs.
The thousands of years of history, art, culture and different religions
and ethnic background will guide them to move forward. As history has shown, Iranian people
never accept being occupied. There is no better and natural partner for
Iran. We have so much in common.
Iranians by the tens of millions love the American culture and way of life. As an American, based on the Bill of
Rights and the great U.S. Constitution, I hereby ask you to talk to
Iran and not start a
genocidal war of probable atomic bombing against Iran that may
kill millions of people from direct bombing or radiation. I do not want my
family, my wife's family, and my friend's family and any other Iranians or
Americans to die from a new war.
Please listen to the millions of American people that voted against your
policy last November and change course for the sake of