July 31, 2000
Urgent: Anti-Iran amendment
Congressman Peter Deutsch of Florida introduced an amendment Friday
to the Treasury/Postal Appropriations Bill re-imposing the food and carpets
sanctions, so the issue is still quite alive. I understand Charles Schumer
of NY may introduce a similar amendment on the Senate side.
We were successful in postponing Sherman's proposal but they rerouted
their efforts through other states! This time it is an amendment (amendments
to the appropriations bills can easily be passed (in fact, must) before
November. It is urgent for everyone to call their offices ASAP and fax
short letters to them as well.
Contacts: Peter Deusch's office 202- 225 7931 fax 202- 225 8456 email
Charles Schumer's office 202- 224- 6542 fax 202- 228 3027 email Senator@Schumer.senate.gov
NY office is 212-486 4430
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To: Honorable senator Schumer
To: Honorable Congressman Dueutsch
From: YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS IN U.S.
Subject: Our deepest dissatisfaction on the proposed Amendment to the Treasury/Postal
Appropriations Bill to reinstate Sanctions on food and carpet against Iran
Dear senator Schumer and Congressman Dueutsch,
We Iranian Americans are writing to express our concerns over the recent
move by the Congress of the United States of America to further isolate
Iran. We feel that such moves in reaction to the ten Jewish Iranians conviction
would create adverse effects on their case and furthermore would deny them
the chance of receiving dismissal or decreased sentences on an appeal.
Your staffers have repeatedly announced the other major reason for the
sudden shift of policy by the Congress towards Iran to be the lack of response
on behalf of the Iranian government to the recent US concession announced
by Madam Secretary Albright on March17, 2000.
Madam Secretary, Madeline Albright in her announcement made clear reference
to the fact that the recent move by US to remove sanctions on lucrative
items such as dry food, nuts, caviar and carpets, is to show Iranian craftsmen,
fishermen, farmers and Iranian people as a whole that the United States
bears them no ill intentions.
What is being portrayed as a concession towards the Iranian Government
was in fact a reward to Iranian people for their brave participation and
victory in the parliamentary elections where the reformers took over the
eighty percent of the seats.
As you are well aware, despite the numerous difficulties, the newly
elected parliament has been in session only since May 2000. To expect a
great deal of change in Iran in barely a few months would clearly be an
unreasonable expectation on your behalf. Our great democracy here in the
United State of America has had nearly two hundred years to reach to this
stage. Iran's reform movement towards democracy needs to be given the same
chance. Iran's move towards democracy, despite claims by shortsighted people,
is as a result of structural economic and social changes in that country.
It is an irreversible and unique phenomenon.
Therefore, it will continue to evolve at its own terms. For the peace
and stability in the Middle East and the gulf region, we see the great
need for all of us to stand by Iran as it goes through its internal political
ups and downs. We have much to learn from patiently dealing with the first
Islamic nation to go through the reform process. Today we need to deal
with Iran in a delicate manner.
When we ask you to withdraw from such harsh and reactionary positions
towards Iran, we have no hidden agendas. Iran as the center of the world
with its geopolitical importance has always played a pivotal role in the
stability of the world and will continue to do so.
Therefore we request that you withdraw from proposing harsh measures
towards Iran. Such measures would destroy the prospective dialogue between
the two countries. It would also undermine the peace efforts in the region.
Moreover, despite US's claim, it would put an undue burden on Iranian
people, one of the oldest civilizations with one of the globe's richest
diverse cultures. And last but not least it would deny the American citizens
at least one hundred thousand jobs by blocking American companies from
participating in the Iran's five billion-dollar oil market alone.
We also take this opportunity to request to have a meeting with you
so we could discuss our concerns in further details.
We look forward to hearing from you