I do not endorse Ahmadinejad in any way, but his
letter's actual text seem to have been ignored by the
mainstream media (though, admittedly, I've been too
busy recently to pay much attention to the media, but
that's the feeling I've gotten). So here's a
translation made by a French newspaper, if anyone's
interested in reading it.
NEWS YOU WON'T FIND ON CNN
Full Text : The President of Iran's Letter To
Translated by "Le Monde"
Mr George Bush,
President of the United States of America
For sometime now I have been thinking, how one can
justify the undeniable contradictions
that exist in the international arena -- which are
being constantly debated, specially in political
forums and amongst university students. Many questions
remain unanswered. These have
prompted me to discuss some of the contradictions and
questions, in the hopes that it might
bring about an opportunity to redress them.
Can one be a follower of Jesus Christ (PBUH), the
great Messenger of God,
Feel obliged to respect human rights,
Present liberalism as a civilization model,
Announce oneï¿½s opposition to the proliferation of
nuclear weapons and WMDs,
Make ï¿½War and Terrorï¿½ his slogan,
Work towards the establishment of a unified
international community ï¿½ a community which
Christ and the virtuous of the Earth will one day
But at the same time,
Have countries attacked; The lives, reputations and
possessions of people destroyed and on
the slight chance of the ï¿½ of a ï¿½ criminals in a
village city, or convoy for example the entire
village, city or convey set ablaze.
Or because of the possibility of the existence of WMDs
in one country, it is occupied, around
one hundred thousand people killed, its water sources,
agriculture and industry destroyed,
close to 180,000 foreign troops put on the ground,
sanctity of private homes of citizens
broken, and the country pushed back perhaps fifty
years. At what price? Hundreds of billions
of dollars spent from the treasury of one country and
certain other countries and tens of
thousands of young men and women ï¿½ as occupation
troops ï¿½ put in harms way, taken away
from family and love ones, their hands stained with
the blood of others, subjected to so much
psychological pressure that everyday some commit
suicide ant those returning home suffer
depression, become sickly and grapple with all sorts
of aliments; while some are killed and
their bodies handed of their families.
On the pretext of the existence of WMDs, this great
tragedy came to engulf both the peoples
of the occupied and the occupying country. Later it
was revealed that no WMDs existed to
Of course Saddam was a murderous dictator. But the war
was not waged to topple him, the
announced goal of the war was to find and destroy
weapons of mass destruction. He was
toppled along the way towards another goal,
nevertheless the people of the region are happy
about it. I point out that throughout the many years
of the ï¿½ war on Iran Saddam was
supported by the West.
You might know that I am a teacher. My students ask me
how can theses actions be
reconciled with the values outlined at the beginning
of this letter and duty to the tradition of
Jesus Christ (PBUH), the Messenger of peace and
There are prisoners in Guantanamo Bay that have not
been tried, have no legal representation,
their families cannot see them and are obviously kept
in a strange land outside their own
country. There is no international monitoring of their
conditions and fate. No one knows
whether they are prisoners, POWs, accused or
European investigators have confirmed the existence of
secret prisons in Europe too. I could
not correlate the abduction of a person, and him or
her being kept in secret prisons, with the
provisions of any judicial system. For that matter, I
fail to understand how such actions
correspond to the values outlined in the beginning of
this letter, i.e. the teachings of Jesus
Christ (PBUH), human rights and liberal values.
Young people, university students and ordinary people
have many questions about the
phenomenon of Israel. I am sure you are familiar with
some of them.
Throughout history many countries have been occupied,
but I think the establishment of a
new country with a new people, is a new phenomenon
that is exclusive to our times.
Students are saying that sixty years ago such a
country did no exist. The show old documents
and globes and say try as we have, we have not been
able to find a country named Israel.
I tell them to study the history of WWI and II. One of
my students told me that during WWII,
which more than tens of millions of people perished
in, news about the war, was quickly
disseminated by the warring parties. Each touted their
victories and the most recent battlefront
defeat of the other party. After the war, they claimed
that six million Jews had been killed. Six
million people that were surely related to at least
two million families.
Again let us assume that these events are true. Does
that logically translate into the
establishment of the state of Israel in the Middle
East or support for such a state? How can
this phenomenon be rationalised or explained?
I am sure you know how ï¿½ and at what cost ï¿½ Israel
- Many thousands were killed in the process.
- Millions of indigenous people were made refugees.
- Hundred of thousands of hectares of farmland, olive
plantations, towns and villages
This tragedy is not exclusive to the time of
establishment; unfortunately it has been ongoing
for sixty years now.
A regime has been established which does not show
mercy even to kids, destroys houses
while the occupants are still in them, announces
beforehand its list and plans to assassinate
Palestinian figures and keeps thousands of
Palestinians in prison. Such a phenomenon is
unique ï¿½ or at the very least extremely rare ï¿½ in
Another big question asked by people is why is this
regime being supported?
Is support for this regime in line with the teachings
of Jesus Christ (PBUH) or Moses (PBUH)
or liberal values?
Or are we to understand that allowing the original
inhabitants of these lands ï¿½ inside and
outside Palestine ï¿½ whether they are Christian,
or Jew, to determine their fate, runs
contrary to principles of democracy, human rights and
the teachings of prophets? If not, why
is there so much opposition to a referendum?
The newly elected Palestinian administration recently
took office. All independent observes
have confirmed that this government represents the
electorate. Unbelievingly, they have put
the elected government under pressure and have advised
it to recognise the Israeli regime,
abandon the struggle and follow the programs of the
If the current Palestinian government had run on the
above platform, would the Palestinian
people have voted for it? Again, can such position
taken in opposition to the Palestinian
government be reconciled with the values outlined
earlier? The people are also saying ï¿½why
are all UNSC resolutions in condemnation of Israel
As you are well aware, I live amongst the people and
am in constant contact with them --
many people from around the Middle East manage to
contact me as well. They dot not have
faith in these dubious policies either. There is
evidence that the people of the region are
becoming increasingly angry with such policies.
It is not my intention to pose to many questions, but
I need to refer to other points as well.
Why is it that any technological and scientific
achievement reached in the Middle East
regions is translated into and portrayed as a threat
to the Zionist regime? Is not scientific
R&D one of the basic rights of nations.
You are familiar with history. Aside from the Middle
Ages, in what other point in history has
scientific and technical progress been a crime? Can
the possibility of scientific achievements
being utilised for military purposes be reason enough
to oppose science and technology
altogether? If such a supposition is true, then all
scientific disciplines, including physics,
chemistry, mathematics, medicine, engineering, etc.
must be opposed.
Lies were told in the Iraqi matter. What was the
result? I have no doubt that telling lies is
reprehensible in any culture, and you do not like to
be lied to.
Donï¿½t Latin Americans have the right to ask, why
elected governments are being
opposed and coup leaders supported? Or, why must they
constantly be threatened and live in
The people of Africa are hardworking, creative and
talented. They can play an important and
valuable role in providing for the needs of humanity
and contribute to its material and
spiritual progress. Poverty and hardship in large
parts of Africa are preventing this from
happening. Donï¿½t they have the right to ask why
enormous wealth ï¿½ including minerals ï¿½
is being looted, despite the fact that they need it
more than others?
Again, do such actions correspond to the teachings of
Christ and the tenets of human rights?
The brave and faithful people of Iran too have many
questions and grievances, including: the
coup dï¿½etat of 1953 and the subsequent toppling of
legal government of the day,
opposition to the Islamic revolution, transformation
of an Embassy into a headquarters
supporting, the activities of those opposing the
Islamic Republic (many thousands of pages of
documents corroborates this claim), support for Saddam
in the war waged against Iran, the
shooting down of the Iranian passenger plane, freezing
the assets of the Iranian nation,
increasing threats, anger and displeasure vis-ï¿½-vis
the scientific and nuclear progress of the
Iranian nation (just when all Iranians are jubilant
and collaborating their countryï¿½s progress),
and many other grievances that I will not refer to in
September Eleven was a horrendous incident. The
killing of innocents is deplorable and
appalling in any part of the world. Our government
immediately declared its disgust with the
perpetrators and offered its condolences to the
bereaved and expressed its sympathies.
All governments have a duty to protect the lives,
property and good standing of their citizens.
Reportedly your government employs extensive security,
protection and intelligence systems
ï¿½ and even hunts its opponents abroad. September
eleven was not a simple operation. Could it
be planned and executed without coordination with
intelligence and security services ï¿½ or
their extensive infiltration? Of course this is just
an educated guess. Why have the various
aspects of the attacks been kept secret? Why are we
not told who botched their
responsibilities? And, why arenï¿½t those responsible
and the guilty parties identified and put
All governments have a duty to provide security and
peace of mind for their citizens. For
some years now, the people of your country and
neighbours of world trouble spots do not
have peace of mind. After 9.11, instead of healing and
tending to the emotional wounds of the
survivors and the American people ï¿½ who had been
immensely traumatised by the attacks ï¿½
some Western media only intensified the climates of
fear and insecurity ï¿½ some constantly
talked about the possibility of new terror attacks and
kept the people in fear. Is that service to
the American people? Is it possible to calculate the
damages incurred from fear and panic?
American citizen lived in constant fear of fresh
attacks that could come at any moment and in
any place. They felt insecure in the streets, in their
place of work and at home. Who would be
happy with this situation? Why was the media, instead
of conveying a feeling of security and
providing peace of mind, giving rise to a feeling of
Some believe that the hype paved the way ï¿½ and was
justification ï¿½ for an attack on
Afghanistan. Again I need to refer to the role of
In media charters, correct dissemination of
information and honest reporting of a story are
established tenets. I express my deep regret about the
disregard shown by certain Western
media for these principles. The main pretext for an
attack on Iraq was the existence of
WMDs. This was repeated incessantly ï¿½ for the public
to, finally, believe ï¿½ and the ground
set for an attack on Iraq.
Will the truth not be lost in a contrive and deceptive
Again, if the truth is allowed to be lost, how can
that be reconciled with the earlier mentioned
Is the truth known to the Almighty lost as well?
In countries around the world, citizens provide for
the expenses of governments so that their
governments in turn are able to serve them.
The question here is ï¿½what has the hundreds of
billions of dollars, spent every year to pay for
the Iraqi campaign, produced for the citizens?ï¿½
As your Excellency is aware, in some states of your
country, people are living in poverty.
Many thousands are homeless and unemployment is a huge
problem. Of course these
problems exist ï¿½ to a larger or lesser extent ï¿½ in
other countries as well. With these conditions
in mind, can the gargantuan expenses of the campaign
paid from the public treasury ï¿½ be
explained and be consistent with the aforementioned
What has been said, are some of the grievances of the
people around the world, in our region
and in your country. But my main contention ï¿½ which
am hoping you will agree to some of
it ï¿½ is:
Those in power have specific time in office, and do
not rule indefinitely, but their names will
be recorded in history and will be constantly judged
in the immediate and distant futures.
The people will scrutinize our presidencies.
Did we manage to bring peace, security and prosperity
for the people or insecurity and
Did we intend to establish justice, or just supported
especial interest groups, and by forcing
many people to live in poverty and hardship, made a
few people rich and powerful ï¿½ thus
trading the approval of the people and the Almighty
Did we defend the rights of the underprivileged or
Did we defend the rights of all people around the
world or imposed wars on them, interfered
illegally in their affairs, established hellish
prisons and incarcerated some of them?
Did we bring the world peace and security or raised
the specter of intimidation and threats?
Did we tell the truth to our nation and others around
the world or presented an inverted
version of it?
Were we on the side of people or the occupiers and
Did our administration set out to promote rational
behaviour, logic, ethics, peace, fulfilling
obligations, justice, service to the people,
prosperity, progress and respect for human dignity
or the force of guns.
Intimidation, insecurity, disregard for the people,
delaying the progress and excellence of
other nations, and trample on peopleï¿½s rights?
And finally, they will judge us on whether we remained
true to our oath of office ï¿½ to serve
the people, which is our main task, and the traditions
of the prophets ï¿½ or not?
How much longer can the world tolerate this situation?
Where will this trend lead the world to?
How long must the people of the world pay for the
incorrect decisions of some rulers?
How much longer will the specter of insecurity ï¿½
raised from the stockpiles of weapons of
mass destruction ï¿½ hunt the people of the world?
How much longer will the blood of the innocent men,
women and children be spilled on the
streets, and peopleï¿½s houses destroyed over their
Are you pleased with the current condition of the
Do you think present policies can continue?
If billions of dollars spent on security, military
campaigns and troop movement were instead
spent on investment and assistance for poor countries,
promotion of health, combating
different diseases, education and improvement of
mental and physical fitness, assistance to
the victims of natural disasters, creation of
employment opportunities and production,
development projects and poverty alleviation,
establishment of peace, mediation between
disputing states and distinguishing the flames of
racial, ethnic and other conflicts were would
the world be today? Would not your government, and
people be justifiably proud?
Would not your administrationï¿½s political and
standing have been stronger?
And I am most sorry to say, would there have been an
ever increasing global hatred of the
Mr President, it is not my intention to distress
If prophet Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Ishmael, Joseph or
Jesus Christ (PBUH) were with us
today, how would they have judged such behaviour? Will
we be given a role to play in the
promised world, where justice will become universal
and Jesus Christ (PBUH) will be
present? Will they even accept us?
My basic question is this: Is there no better way to
interact with the rest of the world? Today
there are hundreds of millions of Christians, hundreds
of millions of Moslems and millions of
people who follow the teachings of Moses (PBUH). All
divine religions share and respect on
word and that is ï¿½monotheismï¿½ or belief in a
God and no other in the world.
The holy Koran stresses this common word and calls on
an followers of divine religions and
says: [3.64] Say: O followers of the Book! Come to an
equitable proposition between us and
you that we shall not serve any but Allah and (that)
we shall not associate aught. With Him
and (that) some of us shall not take others for lords
besides Allah, but if they turn back, then
say: Bear witness that we are Muslims. (The Family of
According to divine verses, we have all been called
upon to worship one God and follow the
teachings of divine prophets.
ï¿½To worship a God which is above all powers in the
world and can do all He pleases.ï¿½ ï¿½The
Lord which knows that which is hidden and visible, the
past and the future, knows what goes
on in the Hearts of His servants and records their
ï¿½The Lord who is the possessor of the heavens and
earth and all universe is His courtï¿½
ï¿½planning for the universe is done by His hands, and
gives His servants the glad tidings of
mercy and forgiveness of sinsï¿½. ï¿½He is the
of the oppressed and the enemy of
oppressorsï¿½. ï¿½He is the Compassionate, the
ï¿½He is the recourse of the faithful and
guides them towards the light from darknessï¿½. ï¿½He
witness to the actions of His servantsï¿½,
ï¿½He calls on servants to be faithful and do good
deeds, and asks them to stay on the path of
righteousness and remain steadfastï¿½. ï¿½Calls on
servants to heed His prophets and He is a
witness to their deeds.ï¿½ ï¿½A bad ending belongs
those who have chosen the life of this
world and disobey Him and oppress His servantsï¿½. And
ï¿½A good and eternal paradise belong
to those servants who fear His majesty and do not
follow their lascivious selves.ï¿½
We believe a return to the teachings of the divine
prophets is the only road leading to
salvations. I have been told that Your Excellency
follows the teachings of Jesus (PBUH), and
believes in the divine promise of the rule of the
righteous on Earth.
We also believe that Jesus Christ (PBUH) was one of
the great prophets of the Almighty. He
has been repeatedly praised in the Koran. Jesus (PBUH)
has been quoted in Koran as well;
[19,36] And surely Allah is my Lord and your Lord,
therefore serves Him; this is the right
Service to and obedience of the Almighty is the credo
of all divine messengers.
The God of all people in Europe, Asia, Africa,
America, the Pacific and the rest of the world
is one. He is the Almighty who wants to guide and give
dignity to all His servants. He has
given greatness to Humans.
We again read in the Holy Book: ï¿½The Almighty God
His prophets with miracles and
clear signs to guide the people and show them divine
signs and purity them from sins and
pollutions. And He sent the Book and the balance so
that the people display justice and avoid
All of the above verses can be seen, one way or the
other, in the Good Book as well.
Divine prophets have promised:
The day will come when all humans will congregate
before the court of the Almighty, so that
their deeds are examined. The good will be directed
towards Haven and evildoers will meet
divine retribution. I trust both of us believe in such
a day, but it will not be easy to calculate
the actions of rulers, because we must be answerable
to our nations and all others whose lives
have been directly or indirectly effected by our
All prophets, speak of peace and tranquillity for man
ï¿½ based on monotheism, justice and
respect for human dignity.
Do you not think that if all of us come to believe in
and abide by these principles, that is,
monotheism, worship of God, justice, respect for the
dignity of man, belief in the Last Day,
we can overcome the present problems of the world ï¿½
that are the result of disobedience to the
Almighty and the teachings of prophets ï¿½ and improve
Do you not think that belief in these principles
promotes and guarantees peace, friendship and
Do you not think that the aforementioned written or
unwritten principles are universally
Will you not accept this invitation? That is, a
genuine return to the teachings of prophets, to
monotheism and justice, to preserve human dignity and
obedience to the Almighty and His
History tells us that repressive and cruel governments
do not survive. God has entrusted
The fate of man to them. The Almighty has not left the
universe and humanity to their own
devices. Many things have happened contrary to the
wishes and plans of governments. These
tell us that there is a higher power at work and all
events are determined by Him.
Can one deny the signs of change in the world today?
Is this situation of the world today comparable to
that of ten years ago? Changes happen fast
and come at a furious pace.
The people of the world are not happy with the status
quo and pay little heed to the promises
and comments made by a number of influential world
leaders. Many people around the wolrd
feel insecure and oppose the spreading of insecurity
and war and do not approve of and accept
The people are protesting the increasing gap between
the haves and the have-nots and the rich
and poor countries.
The people are disgusted with increasing corruption.
The people of many countries are angry about the
attacks on their cultural foundations and the
disintegration of families. They are equally dismayed
with the fading of care and compassion.
The people of the world have no faith in international
organisations, because their rights are
not advocated by these organisations.
Liberalism and Western style democracy have not been
able to help realize the ideals of
humanity. Today these two concepts have failed. Those
with insight can already hear the
sounds of the shattering and fall of the ideology and
thoughts of the liberal democratic
We increasingly see that people around the world are
flocking towards a main focal point ï¿½
that is the Almighty God. Undoubtedly through faith in
God and the teachings of the
prophets, the people will conquer their problems. My
question for you is: ï¿½Do you not want to
Whether we like it or not, the world is gravitating
towards faith in the Almighty and justice
and the will of God will prevail over all things.
Vasalam Ala Man Atabaï¿½al hoda
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran