TitleProminent Iranian intellectuals warn for the danger of Ahmadinejad

Letter to the Lebanese people on Ahmadinejad’s visit

12 Oct 2010

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Dear people of Lebanon,

Today, you have a visitor to your country who not only has not brought peace, tranquillity and welfare for Iran, but does not even think about peace, tranquillity and the welfare of Lebanon either. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the one who hijacked the 2009 elections in Iran and represented himself as the true elected President of Iran, but he is not a representation of the people of Iran. The people of Iran have great respect for Lebanese people and the Lebanese people have also extended their respect to the true representatives of Iranians with utmost dignity and honour, just like we witnessed in 2003 during the visit of Mohammad Khatami. Khatamis and Mousavis are the true representatives of the Iranian people. Even if Ahmadinejad had actually won the election, we would still consider him to be our representative even though we would not agree with his policies.

However, the policies of Ahmadinejad are more dangerous than ever, as he attempts to cover up the rigging of the election and the great scandal of betraying a people’s trust in their vote. On top of that, there are all the other disgraceful bloodsheds that followed the rigged elections, with his ever more radical and controversial policies. His support of one particular group in Lebanon as opposed to other political groups would both lead to further tension in Lebanon and would also be a cover-up for his failures and exhausting opportunities which have now led to extensive and massive sanctions for Iran and a threat of war against Iran. By trying to create more tension in Lebanon and the region, he is trying to cover up his domestic failures and use Lebanon as a bargaining chip in his deal with the US and other world powers.

Ahmadinejad might make promises of alluring financial helps, but the economic and financial conditions of Iran under his government and the political situation of his administration is far worse to accommodate such promises and bring them to action. He is merely using his trip to Lebanon as a political display and he does not have the least regard for the people of Lebanon or Iran and their destiny now or in the future.

We, signatories of this statement, acknowledge the richness of the culture of Lebanon and celebrate the common bonds between Iran and Lebanon and think that in order to defend peace, tranquillity and the welfare of our people, it is the responsibility of writers, journalists and authors of both countries to speak up against impostors such as Ahmadinejad. Let us not allow Ahmadinejad to deceive the Iranian and Lebanese people and play with our destiny.
Despite all the respect we have for those who have welcomed him in the Dahiya in Beirut and the south of Lebanon, we believe he is not worthy of a country which is the cradle of faith, freedom and pluralism. He has no resemblance to the cultural and historical symbols and aspirations of Lebanon and Iran and he is but a populist showman whose game must not fool us.

Peace and welfare can only be protected and defended by those who have already shown a commitment to it. Ahmadinejad only seeks to create war, tension and provocation. He will not be of any service to the people of Lebanon just as he has not been of service to the people of Iran.

The signatories of this letter are: Kazem Alamdari
, Hamid Dabashi, Mahmoud Farjami
, Fatemeh Haghighatjou, Nader Hashemi
, Bijan Hekmat
, Mehdi Jami, Mohammad Javad Akbarin, Abdi Kalantari, Azadeh Kian, Guissou Jahangiri,Ramin Jahanbegloo, Nooshabeh Amiri, Ali Akbar Mahdi, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Yaser Mirdamadi
, Ali Mohtadi, Ebrahim Nabavi
, Shervin Nekuee, Shahrnush Parsipour, Ahmad Rafat, Ardavan Ruzbeh
, Mohamad Taaj Dolat, Nayereh Tohidi, Saeed Valadbeigi, Aida Qajar

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  1. Tariq says:

    I think this website should do its research before it identifies these persons as “prominent iranian intellectuals” as many of these persons are unknown and have questionable poilitics in general! Also, they DO NOT SPEAK FOR US when they say things like: “Khatamis and Mousavis are the true representatives of the Iranian people.” Ahmadinejad is a major violator of our rights, but he is not our only problem – something it seems these so-called “prominent intellectuals” do not understand.

  2. Laurie King-Irani says:

    Thank you so much for this

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