On July 22, 2018, you chose a befitting venue, the library of a great champion of freedom, the late President Ronald Reagan, to hearten millions of Iranians, here, in Iran, and much of the world by eloquently expressing your stand against the tyrannical terrorist mullahs presently ruling Iran.

The late President Reagan was instrumental in dismantling the scourge of Soviet Union’s communism, while our courageous outstanding President Trump whom you represent is determined to relegate the standard bearers of Islamic terrorism to their well-deserved demise.

By your speech, you made me and all Iranian-Americans proud. We are proud to be new members of this blessed nation that remains the best hope for freedom-loving people the world over.

Islamic tyranny, regardless of its form, recognizes no borders. It does not confine itself to any geographic area. It is by nature aggressively expansive and invasive. As President Trump has repeatedly pointed out, appeasing the tyrants invariably fails to satisfy them and only serves to whet their appetite. The shameful misguided previous administration’s appeasement policy has indeed emboldened the Islamic Republic in its wanton behavior.

When you speak on behalf of President Trump, and take strong prudent measures against the Islamic Republic of Iran, you not only help Iranians to break the yoke of Islamic tyranny, but you are also protecting America from being victimized by its sworn enemy, the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Your policy of confronting demonic jihadists is a win-win policy. It helps stem Islamic terror and enlists a powerful Iranian nation as a valuable ally of America.

Mr. Secretary, as an Iranian-American, I deeply love my country of birth and the country that has given me a home in freedom. Hundreds of thousands of Iranian-Americans feel the same way. We wish to express our undying gratitude to you and our President for choosing the difficult path of unavoidable confrontation with the Islamists rather than opting for the deadly path of appeasement which invariably fails.

Thank you indeed for your courageous prudent stand. Please be assured of our wholehearted support.

With great appreciation, very best wishes and respect.

Amil Imani 


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  1. Despite Obama’s misguided overtures, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action would neither make the Middle East safer nor fundamentally change the nature of the Iranian regime and its conduct in the region.

    By all accounts, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei only agreed to the nuclear talks because the Iranian economy was suffering under crippling U.S. and EU sanctions, raising the specter of massive uprisings reminiscent of those in 2009. Khamenei took great care to emphasize, even at the beginning of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’s implementation phase, that dialogue and cooperation with the West should not expand to other areas, namely regional security and human rights.
    The regime has carried out 52 hangings since the beginning of the year, intensifying a pervasive climate of terror and fear. In the almost three years of Rouhani’s tenure, more than 2,000 people have been executed. The regime has also stepped up its arrests and its judicial abuses against activists, dissidents, minorities and others.
    Beyond its borders, Tehran has been pouring billions of dollars into support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has dispatched more than 5,000 Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and some 25,000 non-Iranian mercenaries to Syria. The international community has made efforts to bring Iran into the discussion over a political solution to the Syrian civil war and Tehran’s refusal to negotiate over the future of the Assad regime makes it clear that Iranian officials are abiding by Khamenei’s directive to avoid negotiation.
    There have been other provocations. In December, the U.N. Security Council’s Panel of Experts on Iran confirmed that a ballistic missile test carried out in October violated paragraph nine of Security Council Resolution 1929. Tehran has stated that it has no intention of abiding by such resolutions and Rouhani himself ordered Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan to further expand the country’s ballistic stockpiles.
    Iran has been even more belligerent toward our allies in the Middle East. Deepening discord between Iran and Saudi Arabia reached a breaking point early January when Iranian militias ransacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran and the Saudi consulate in Mashhad. Saudi Arabia responded by severing diplomatic ties with Iran. Other Gulf States followed suit, citing deep-seated concerns about Iran’s escalating, destructive meddling in Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere.
    It seems quite evident that the nuclear agreement has given the regime added motivation to crack down on Iranian civil society, become more belligerent in the region, and keep Western influence at bay.
    Meanwhile, European governments are willing to talk with Iran about oil deals and trade partnerships even if it means actively ignoring Iran’s worsening human rights situation, its sponsorship of terror, and its destabilizing activities in the Middle East.
    Such deals, along with the lifting of economic sanctions, will provide the regime with the means to continue funding the IRGC, the main agent of domestic repression and the mullahs’ instrument for exporting their Islamic Revolution abroad.
    It is clear that the West will continue to face major strategic challenges from Iran. Hope cannot be a substitute for prudent policy, particularly in dealing with a volatile region like the Middle East or issues like the growth of Islamic extremism.
    If Iran needs to open up its economy vis-a-vis the EU and the West, the Iranian president should be reminded that unless the regime truly moderates its conduct, the West will have no political appetite for investment or improved relations.
    The nuclear deal is not the only obvious area in which Iran can demonstrate a real commitment to moderation: releasing political prisoners, safeguarding the rights of citizens, withdrawing support for terrorist groups, retracting hateful propaganda, and ending their meddling in the affairs of other countries are just as important.
    Until such results are achieved, the narrative of Iranian moderation will remain a fantasy. The West needs a better foundation on which to base moral and politically-effective policies.

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