For short-term political gains

A letter to Senator Hillary Clinton:

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
United States Senate
476 Russell
Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224- 4451

I am writing to express my deep disappointment and condemnation regarding your alarming statement warning Iran that you would "totally obliterate" it if it were to attack Israel. Opposing the Islamic Republic’s abysmal human rights record, the oppression of its people and its support for terrorist organizations is a noble act.

However, by implying that you may use your executive powers should you become the President of the United States to possibly cause the total destruction of a nation and commit genocide is an affront to humanity to say the least.

A U.S. Senator aspiring to become President of the United States of America and hence the de facto leader of the world is expected to have a much deeper understanding of world politics than you have demonstrated during your campaign. Moreover, it is expected from a presidential candidate to have good and rational judgment, and to take bold and positive initiatives towards world peace and security. So far, what you are promising seems to give us a continuation of the failed policies of the Bush administration.

Furthermore, your irresponsible words mimic the irrational aggressive and reprehensible remarks of the Islamic Republic’s President Ahmadinejad. This type of rhetoric is harmful to America’s interests and to its standing as a global leader. Senator, your campaign rhetoric matters.

As a leader you must not put short-term political gains ahead of long-term national security interests. Putting your personal interests ahead of U.S. national interests is nothing short of treason. I sincerely hope you will withdraw your statement, even though in this negatively charged, short-sighted and selfish electoral political culture of ours, asking you for an apology would be like asking you to once again hug Suha Arafat.


Cyrus Saify

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