• 19 October 2009
  • Posted By Bardia Mehrabian
  • Events in Iran

Mousavi’s Letter in Condemnation of the Terrorist Attacks

From Mir Hossein Mousavi’s Facebook website:

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful,

The news of the assassination of a number of Revolutionary Guard commanders and others in a terrorist attack has greatly saddened our people. The violence that has been the result of bigotry and racism in our eastern borders leaves us with a very important consideration: if seeds of this nature are planted anywhere, at anytime, they will, within the span of a few short years create deep rooted conflicts and destroy the living prospects of all human beings [who are in the midst of the conflict.]

The responsibility of all Iraniains, no matter what group or tribe they belong to, is not to allow crises which belong outside our borders to permeate their way in. The security, unity and terrirotrial integrity of our nation is a great responsibity and we are all responsible for providing these crucial necessities for future generations.

I fully condemn the terrorist acts and pray for the victims and their families.

Mir Hossein Mousavi

Posted By Bardia Mehrabian

    5 Responses to “Mousavi’s Letter in Condemnation of the Terrorist Attacks”

  1. Pirouz says:

    So NIAC, why post the response from Mousavi instead of Iran’s political establishment?

    This is kind of like an American organization in Iran exclusively publishing Ralph Nader’s immediate response to 9/11. Yes, you could do so. But how much more relevant it would be to publish the views of the GW Bush on the matter (even though Bush’s election was disputed and later revealed to be manipulated!).

    I just don’t think it’s correct for NIAC to be politically biased toward Tehran. It’s simply not realistic or practical, either.

    Really, and I’ve said this to Trita a number of times, the number one goal of NIAC should be to seek improved ties between the US and Iran. Anything that potentially puts forward obstacles to that goal should be set aside. Otherwise you’re just contributing to the empowerment of Iran’s enemies in the Washington DC foreign policy process, which we all know is heavily stacked in favor of the Israel lobby.

    You ever hear AIPAC publicly denounce Israeli human rights violations in Gaza or the West Bank? Do you ever see them display political bias toward Israeli politics in the US? No. Why should NIAC do so in regards to Iran? You are showing weakness in an arena that gives no quarter. Wise up, NIAC.

  2. Pirouz says:

    When I stated that NIAC shouldn’t be politically biased toward Tehran, what I meant was it shouldn’t show bias toward any one political group. Thus, no bias should be shown for the Greens, other reformers, principalists, Ahmadinejad’s faction, whatever.

    Let the Iranian nation sort its own affairs out, and deal with it for what it is, not what you somehow wish it to be.

  3. jimmy says:

    A great idea:

    Makhmalbaf’s letter to Obama, suggesting Nov. 4 13-Aban day of friendship b/w Iranian and Americans http://is.gd/4rbYE

  4. Roya says:

    NIAC is made up of its membership and should advocate what its membership wants. NIAC’s position is consistent with its membership’s views. I admire it for its transparency, unlike some other politically powerful interest groups.

  5. azazel says:

    I’m a J Street sort of guy, and rather than NIAC becoming more like AIPAC, I’d like to see AIPAC be as transparent as NIAC. Keep up the good work, long live Iran.

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Tell Google: Stop playing Persian Gulf name games!

May 14, 2012
Larry Page
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Dear Mr. Page:

It has come to our attention that Google has begun omitting the title of the Persian Gulf from its Google Maps application. This is a disconcerting development given the undisputed historic and geographic precedent of the name Persian Gulf, and the more recent history of opening up the name to political, ethnic, and territorial disputes. However unintentionally, in adopting this practice, Google is participating in a dangerous effort to foment tensions and ethnic divisions in the Middle East by politicizing the region’s geographic nomenclature. Members of the Iranian-American community are overwhelmingly opposed to such efforts, particularly at a time when regional tensions already have been pushed to the brink and threaten to spill over into conflict. As the largest grassroots organization in the Iranian-American community, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) calls on Google to not allow its products to become propaganda tools and to immediately reinstate the historically accurate, apolitical title of “Persian Gulf” in all of its informational products, including Google Maps.

Historically, the name “Persian Gulf” is undisputed. The Greek geographer and astronomer Ptolemy referencing in his writings the “Aquarius Persico.” The Romans referred to the "Mare Persicum." The Arabs historically call the body of water, "Bahr al-Farsia." The legal precedent of this nomenclature is also indisputable, with both the United Nations and the United States Board of Geographic Names confirming the sole legitimacy of the term “Persian Gulf.” Agreement on this matter has also been codified by the signatures of all six bordering Arab countries on United Nations directives declaring this body of water to be the Persian Gulf.

But in the past century, and particularly at times of escalating tensions, there have been efforts to exploit the name of the Persian Gulf as a political tool to foment ethnic division. From colonial interests to Arab interests to Iranian interests, the opening of debate regarding the name of the Persian Gulf has been a recent phenomenon that has been exploited for political gain by all sides. Google should not enable these politicized efforts.

In the 1930s, British adviser to Bahrain Sir Charles Belgrave proposed to rename the Persian Gulf, “Arabian Gulf,” a proposal that was rejected by the British Colonial and Foreign offices. Two decades later, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company resurrected the term during its dispute with Mohammad Mossadegh, the Iranian Prime Minister whose battle with British oil interests would end in a U.S.-sponsored coup d'état that continues to haunt U.S.-Iran relations. In the 1960s, the title “Arabian Gulf” became central to propaganda efforts during the Pan-Arabism era aimed at exploiting ethnic divisions in the region to unite Arabs against non-Arabs, namely Iranians and Israelis. The term was later employed by Saddam Hussein to justify his aims at territorial expansion. Osama Bin Laden even adopted the phrase in an attempt to rally Arab populations by emphasizing ethnic rivalries in the Middle East.

We have serious concerns that Google is now playing into these efforts of geographic politicization. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Google has stirred controversy on this topic. In 2008, Google Earth began including the term “Arabian Gulf” in addition to Persian Gulf as the name for the body of water. NIAC and others called on you then to stop using this ethnically divisive propaganda term, but to no avail. Instead of following the example of organizations like the National Geographic Society, which in 2004 used term “Arabian Gulf” in its maps but recognized the error and corrected it, Google has apparently decided to allow its informational products to become politicized.

Google should rectify this situation and immediately include the proper name for the Persian Gulf in Google Maps and all of its informational products. The exclusion of the title of the Persian Gulf diminishes your applications as informational tools, and raises questions about the integrity and accuracy of information provided by Google.

We strongly urge you to stay true to Google’s mission – “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” – without distorting or politicizing that information. We look forward to an explanation from you regarding the recent removal of the Persian Gulf name from Google Maps and call on you to immediately correct this mistake.



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