13 October

Open letter to Senator Sam Brownback from Roozbeh Farahanipour

Honorable Senator Brownback,

We remember you from the days where you were informing your colleagues, and the United States public in general, about the July 9th 1999 protests in Iran.
You are certainly not new to the developments that are taking place in our country today. It is therefore very odd, that as a person who knows a great deal
about Iran and Iranians, you have chosen to give a speech about Iran on the same day as the CIA coup of 1953. We believe either you were not
properly informed, or you may have simply overlooked this extremely important fact.

Perhaps it should be noted that those who organized this event for you, are the same people that either actively participated in overthrowing the national hero Dr. Mossadegh, or are their followers. These are the same people that helped delay democracy in Iran by 25 years. It seems that this group, primarily made up of those who seek to reestablish monarchy, have not learned from history. If they act this reckless and without regard to Iranian sensitivities today, when they have no power, imagine how they would act if they were in power.

In 1999 while you were speaking about the student uprising, monarchists were taking credit, even though there were slogans such as "death to monarchy, death to theocracy" at the Tehran University and across the city. At a time when Iranians are looking very favorably towards the American
government, do you really want to change their views? The State Department and CIA are busy appeasing the clerical regime, directly
undermining what President Bush has stated. Do you really want to prove the cleric's point that the American administration is looking to prop
up monarchy in Iran again? The fact that your speech is dated to coincide with the anniversary of the 1953 coup can only be viewed as a
remake of 1953, unless if proper references to that event are included in your speech.

Historically, we have seen what happens when a system is forced upon Iranians: they rebel, just as they did in 1979. Does the American government really want a repeat of 1979? Former secretary of state, Madeline Albright apologized for America's actions in 1953, giving Iranians a certain reprieve. You are now risking once again tarnishing Iranians' views of the United States. Your efforts towards the establishment of a free Iran are certainly noble and commendable, but when Iranians see how your speech coincides with such a symbolic date in their history, it can only be perceived as a negative gesture. Would you rather befriend a group who were kicked out by the Iranian people on two occasions, or embrace groups who actually will have a future in a secular republic of Iran?

Genuine democratic opposition groups will certainly move further and further away from you when they see you support an ideology that has been long dead. A democratic revolution in Iran is approaching fast, and it would be in America's interest to be on the side of secular and democratic Iranian forces.

Long Live IRAN
Roozbeh Farahanipour
Executive Director of Marze Por Gohar Movement
Iranians for a secular republic
08/19/2003
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