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Open Letter to President Bush about the Civil Rights Movement in Iran
Sam Ghandchi
July 12, 2008

Open Letter to President Bush about Jonbeshe Madani
The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Bush,

More than four years ago, in Nov of 2003, in your speech at the National Endowment for Democracy you said "Sixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe, because in the long run stability cannot be purchased at the expense of liberty."

I would like to ask you in these last days of your presidency to remember your above message and apply it to Iran and here is my suggestion.

Iran has the most powerful civil rights movement in the whole of Middle East. This movement is called jonbeshe madani in Persian and is a pro-democracy movement focused on secularism and human rights. At this time, no single individual, whether inside Iran's establishment or outside of it, speaks for this stupendous movement, but this robust movement has been marching forward for over two decades.

Frequently an analogy is made between the situation of Iran and North Korea to help the American public to grasp the dangers of Iran's Nuclear Program and to illustrate the hardships of the Iranian people. But a major difference, i.e. the existence of a breathtaking civil rights movement, only comparable to similar movements in Poland and Czech Republics before the fall of Soviet Empire, is completely neglected.

My point is that the American public are not aware of this reality of Iran and this discernment is needed in order to build that people-to-people bridge between the two countries that Condoleezza Rice has emphasized the need for, on so many occasions.

Ending the Islamic Republic and forming a secular state in Iran will be achieved by this movement and this is the best hope not only for the people of Iran but for the world at large. Please help in your last days of presidency to make the American public aware of this movement.

No single individual or organization speaks for this movement at this time, just as in the days of Soviet Union, nobody knew a Vaclav Havel would end up representing the Czech pro-democracy movement, but everyone knew of the grave difference between the Czech situation which had experienced the Spring of Prague and many other countries behind the Iron Curtain that hardly had any powerful pro-democracy movement.

Hoping for a Democratic and Secular Futurist Republic in Iran,

Sam Ghandchi, Publisher/Editor

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