American Iranian Friendship Council

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Petition to Northwest Senators

Honorable Senator Patty Murray;
173 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Honorable Senator Maria Cantwell;
717 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Honorable Senator Ron Wyden;
230 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-3703

Honorable Senator Gordon Smith;
404 Russell Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senators:

We the signatories of this petition are interested in the future of Iran and the rest of the Middle East and it is out of that concern that we write to strongly oppose and warn against the military option in Iran. As the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has found no evidence of diversion of materials toward atomic weapons in Iran, concerns about future dual use of nuclear technology ought to be addressed in face to face negotiations. The catastrophic regional and global consequences of escalating this crisis will not serve the interests of the United States, the course of democratic development in Iran or the cause of global peace. Coercive diplomacy and/or military action will lead to further militarization of the region and pressures on civil society movement in Iran, resulting in increased destabilization of the Middle East.

We are asking you as our elected leaders to act responsibly and reflect our request to solve this crisis by using a true and honest diplomacy with Iran.

To sign this petition please click here!

Invitation to Join AIFC

Dear Friend;

As you are most probably aware, Iran and the U.S. have not had official relations for the past 27 years. After the hostage crisis, President Carter discontinued diplomatic relations and in the following decades conflicts between the two countries were elevated due to other events and crises. The Iranian nuclear program and the failed negotiations with European countries (Germany, France and U.K.) have recently escalated the conflict to an all-time high, and the possibility of military engagement in Iran threatens the security of the whole region and peace at large.

We, as concerned Americans and Iranians living in Portland, feel the responsibility to take positive actions to help alleviate potential conflagration looming on the horizon. We have contemplated the formation of a local American Iranian Friendship Council, and now appeal to you for help in its formation. In the absence of a formal diplomatic relation, this council could capitalize on people’s diverse cultural interchanges in an effort to raise awareness about the current situation. We hope the council can assist in educating the communities at large in Oregon and Washington regarding the mutual benefits of earnestly searching for a peaceful resolution of the current conflicts.

At this time we extend an invitation to you to join us. Your presence will greatly empower this effort; please consider attending one of our meetings and giving us your suggestions and support.

American Iranian Friendship Council