Senator Clinton, Why Are You Threatening “the Iranians”?


Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
US Presidential Candidate

Your Excellency,

In one of your recent campaign interviews you stated that: “I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran. . . .  In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them” (Interview with ABC).

This is not different from President Bush’s stated policy towards Iran.  The logic of threatening a total obliteration of Iran, possible only through a nuclear holocaust, is based on the “right of power”, not the “power of the right”.

As you may know, chapter I, article II of the United Nations Charter states that:

“All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”

Regardless of any hypothetical attack on Israel, the United States is legally bound not to threaten Iran or any other country.  In addition to the UN Charter, the US constitution prohibits such threatening policies.  Article IV Clause II states:

“This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.”

As an Iranian, I feel compelled to ask you some questions.  First, why are you threatening “the Iranians”?  Second, if Israel attacks Iran and you are elected as president of the USA, what would then be your policy and position?

I do not agree with the rhetorical statements and foreign policies of Dr. Ahmadinejad, the President of Islamic Republic of Iran.  However, while the military capability of Iran to attack Israel is questionable, Israel’s capabilities concerning the conventional and non-conventional armaments to attack Iran is beyond any doubt.

With respect

Ebrahim Yazdi,
Secretary General, Freedom Movement of Iran and
Former Foreign Minister, Islamic Republic of Iran

May 6th, 2008

Ebrahim Yazdi was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the interim government of Mehdi Bazargan until 6 November 1979, when he, along with the rest of the Bazargan cabinet, resigned in protest of the takeover of the United States Embassy by the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam’s Line.  See, also, Michael Slackman’s profile of Yazdi: “An Iranian Revolutionary, Dismayed but Unbowed” (New York Times, 16 February 2008).  This letter was published on the Web site of Melli Mazhabi, an unofficial Web site of the Alliance of National-Religious Forces of Iran.

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