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Iranian opposition pleas unheeded by Obama

by Joseph Poprzeczny

News Weekly, March 17, 2012

A leading American expert on Iran has released a secret memorandum to the Obama administration from Iran’s political opposition, known as the Green Movement.

The Green Movement emerged in response to Iran’s fraudulently conducted June 2009 election that ensured President Mahmoud Ahmadinjad retained power ahead of his challenger, ex-prime minister Mir Hussein Mousavi, who is now regarded as Iran’s underground opposition leader.

A previously unknown 2,840-word memorandum from the Greens, dated November 30, 2009, although neither addressed nor signed, was intended for the eyes of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to former Reagan administration Iranian affairs adviser Michael Ledeen.

The memo came in response to what is understood to have been two questions put to the Iranian underground opposition by Hillary Clinton. The questions were: What should the US do? And what should the US not do?

The Green memorandum fell into three parts: a brief history of Persia; a description of the nature of the Islamic regime created by Grand Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, and now headed by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei; and Iran’s global and regional operations, especially across the Islamic Middle East.

The authors of the memo warned Washington in unambiguous terms that those controlling Iran believe themselves to be agents of God.

The memo quoted Khomeini as having stated: “In Islam the legislative power and competence to establish laws belongs exclusively to God Almighty.” The memo added: “It is as if the ‘Divine Right of Kings’ were to be re-established in the West. The Iranian Constitution is based on the ideas of Khomeini: the law was promulgated by God.”

To reiterate this point the memo’s authors wrote: “It is as if the ‘Divine Right of Kings’ were to be re-established in the West. The Iranian Constitution is based on the ideas of Khomeini: the law was promulgated by God.”

In other words, the West is not dealing with a normal or temporal form of rulers but ones who see themselves as agents or tools of God.

Ledeen comments: “The memo says that the regime cannot change; like all totalitarian regimes it cannot be reformed. But the memo insists that the forces for change within Iran are strong and well led.

“It cautions that any agreement with the regime would require the United States to recognise the legitimacy of the regime, promise to maintain silence on questions of human rights inside the country, and abandon the Middle East.

“And even if the regime promised to abandon its nuclear program and cease its support for terror, it would not honour these commitments. It needs both terror and nukes in order to survive.

“So far as I can tell, the demands for American silence on Iranian affairs, recognition of the regime’s legitimacy, and withdrawal from the region are precisely what the Obama administration has received through all [its] contacts with the Iranian regime.”

Finally, the Greens confront the American government with its real options:

The memo warns: “At this pivotal point in time, it is up to the countries of the free world to make up their mind. Will they continue on the track of wishful thinking and push every decision to the future until it is too late, or will they reward the brave people of Iran and simultaneously advance Western interests and world peace?”

The memo also asks: “Why does the regime not — for its own benefit — really and honestly engage in a pragmatic dialogue with the international community, instead of engaging in time-wasting deceit? For two reasons: the desire for atomic bombs, and the campaign of terror. These instruments will advice the basic mission: to spread Shi’ite domination, which in reality means the advancement of the leadership of the Islamic Republic.”

Joseph Poprzeczny is a Perth-based historian and writer. This article is a slightly longer version of the one that appeared in the printed edition of News Weekly.



Final Text of Memorandum to US from Greens, dated November 30, 2009.

Michael Ledeen, “Obama Administration ignored Iranian opposition’s advice”, PJ Media, February 27, 2012.

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