IRANIAN DISSIDENTS TO TRUMP: BREAK WITH OBAMA’S PRO-IRAN POLICY
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’s rapprochement with Iran’s clerical regime.
“Unfortunately, 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,” the dissidents’ letter said.
“The exchange encouraged the Islamic Republic not only to expand its 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 all out war with its Arab neighbors and other American allies in the region.”
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 other countries.
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: “If Obama would’ve backed the people of Iran two years ago when that county had a big, big problem, we wouldn’t have any problems in Iran. That country would’ve been turned over so fast, instead he abandoned those people.”
It also accused Obama of walking away from Iranian democrats during the 2009 Green Movement protests against Iran’s presidential election results, which were widely viewed as fraudulent.