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Sehaty Foreign Exchange


May 19, 2000

Don't know what you're talking about, sir

Letter to U.S. Senator Jesse Helms:

I am an American resident of Iranian origin. I am writing to you in regard to your comments on the World Bank loans to Iran. I am not completely in favor of the Iranian government. But I think that U.S. policy and intervention in my country has been quite hostile, leading toward a crippled economy. These policies and interventions include the 1953 CIA backed coup, the support for the Shah's oppresive regime, support for Iraq during an 8-year war that killed and wounded millions of youth on both sides, and now sanctions.

Tell me sir, with all these actions, don't you think that Iran's economy has been severly damaged as a result? And don't you think that basic health care and sewage, which have suffered directly, is a right of the Iranian people, not to mention everywhere in the world? Therefore I find your comments completely insensitive, irresponsible, and ignorant, with all due respect.

I would also like to respond to the comments on the "kangaroo court" trial of 13 Jews in Iran, as you put it. There is no way for biased outside sources to determine if these defendants are guilty or not. But they are living in Iran, and they will be tried by the Iranian courts.

Let me ask you this Senator: Would a trial of 13 Muslims in Israel, accused of spying for Lebanon, receive all this publicity? Would the U.S. intervene in such a case? I strongly doubt it.

Dear sir, next time you wish to speak on political topics outside the scope of your competence, think about what Plato once said: "A wise man speaks because he has something to say; a fool because he has to say something."

Yashar Mameghan


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