Letter to Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
July 18, 2007
Dear President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,
Hello. My name is George Desnoyers and I live in Massachusetts,
USA. I am having trouble understanding some things that are going on
between the Iranian and United States governments. I don't know why
my government seems to hate the Iranian government so much. Maybe
you can find someone from Iran, possibly even from your government,
who knows English and has enough time to help me.
Every time there is a national election in the United States, the
people running for office tell the American voters that they are in
favor of the United States becoming free of dependence on foreign
sources of fuel.
But, when Iran wants to be free of dependence on other countries and
produce its own nuclear fuel, the United States leaders say they will
not allow Iran to do that. This is most puzzling!
I know some Americans think Iran doesn’t need nuclear fuel because
Iran has so much oil. But I also have read that many economists,
both inside and outside Iran, think that Iran is better off having
some nuclear energy so that it can be able to export more of its
oil. That seems like a reasonable view to me, and one would think
that’s a decision for Iran to make – not U.S. President Bush.
U.S. leaders say that Iran really wants to build nuclear weapons, but
I have heard that you and other Iranian leaders have said Iran
DOESN'T intend to build nuclear weapons. Personally, I believe that
if you wanted to build nuclear weapons you would just give your
official three months notice that you are getting out of the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty and then start to build them. That would be
Iran’s right, if Iran wanted to do that. As I understand it, North
Korea did that. I read that North Korea exercised its right to pull
out of the Treaty on January 10, 2003, and then built its nuclear
The odd thing is that my government keeps saying that it will not
allow Iran to have nuclear weapons, and that "all options are on the
table" for dealing with Iran. That language is recognized in the
U.S. as code-speak for the words, "We are keeping the option open to
use nuclear weapons against Iran." It seems ironic that my
government would threaten to use against Iran the very same weapons
it says it will not allow Iran to even get in a position to build.
Below are my questions. PLEASE, President Ahmadinejad, PLEASE try to
find someone from Iran who knows English and can give me some
answers. I hate to bother you. I know you must be very busy, but I
cannot get satisfactory answers from my own government.
1. Did you or the Iranian government do something which I and other
ordinary American citizens don't know about that caused the American
government to hate you so much? Americans have been told that you
wrote a long letter to President Bush, but that he did not read it.
Why do you think refusing to read your letter is something Bush would
be proud of, or even admit? Why would ANY president refuse to read a
letter from the president of another country he was threatening to go
to war against? Isn’t it worth taking the time it takes to read a
letter – even a very long letter – if there was even a very tiny
chance that improved understanding might result which could help us
to avert a war? Has there ever been another case in which one
nation’s president refused to read a letter from the president of
another country that the first president was threatening to attack?
Isn’t there an obligation to try diplomacy before trying war?
2. Doesn't the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty forbid any Nuclear
Have from using nuclear weapons against any Nuclear Have-not? If so,
why is the United States government considering the use of nuclear
weapons against Iran just because Iran wants to exercise its right to
enrich uranium? (It is very sad to hear from our United States
leaders that they are thinking of attacking Iran because they are
very frequently attacking other countries and may very well be
serious about attacking Iran. I hate to tell you that, but it is
true. The United States government has used force several hundred
times and been in dozens of wars in just a little more than 200
years. Once, my government started a war against Mexico and stole
half of that country. Most of the U.S. wars were started by the U.S.
in order to steal land or other people's resources for our big
corporations, for examples, the United Fruit Company, the Dole
company, and American oil companies.)
3. How do Iranians feel about George Bush trying to run their
country? (For your information, Bush does a terrible job running his
own country! About seventy percent of Americans say he is a bad
leader, and can hardly stand him. No-one here trusts him anymore.)
4. Why should Bush – or ANY United States President - make Iran's
decisions? Shouldn’t the age of great empires trying to rule most of
the world be over? Isn’t it better for distinctive populations to be
able to make their own decisions? On the level of nations, isn’t
that what freedom is all about? Why should one nation, the United
States of America, have so much of everybody else’s freedom and all
other nations have so little?
5. Why aren’t Iran, India, Germany, Japan, and several other great
nations - especially from Africa and South America which have none,
permanent members of the United Nations Security Council? Is it fair
that the only permanent members of the Security Council are the four
big Western Allies from World War II plus China? Whatever on earth
could be the reason for that?
6. How do Iranians feel about the U.S. government (NOT the U.S.
people) threatening Iran with nuclear attacks just because Iran wants
to do its own nuclear enrichment to produce fuel?
7. How do Iranians feel about being surrounded by nations with
nuclear weapons (India, Pakistan, Russia, Israel, China, and the
United States) but not being allowed by the United States to produce
your own nuclear weapons? (I included the United States as one of
Iran's nuclear-armed neighbors because nuclear-armed United States
ships and planes are ALL over the world.)
8. Would it be fair for some countries to be allowed to enrich
uranium and others prohibited from doing so? Shouldn’t the concept
of fairness be learned by the age of five years? I thought it was
supposed to be learned in kindergarten, if not before then.
9. Weren’t countries (like Iran) that signed the Nuclear Non-
Proliferation Treaty without having nuclear weapons promised
something in return for their promise not to build nuclear weapons in
the future, namely that the countries already having nuclear weapons
would dismantle their stockpiles of such weapons? What has happened
to that idea? Bush wants to increase and improve the U.S. nuclear
arsenal, NOT dismantle it. No-one in the U.S. really believes that
Bush has given up the idea of building nuclear “bunker busters.” If
he is building them – make no mistake about it, he can do it
secretly – they would be the kind of tactical nuclear weapons he
would be most likely to use against Iran.
10. U.S. President Bush has recently welcomed another nation (India)
into the Nuclear Club. How does welcoming another nation into the
Nuclear Club make sense since, according to the Nuclear Non-
Proliferation Treaty, the Nuclear Haves were supposed to get rid of
their nuclear weapons?
11. How do Iranians feel about United States leaders violating the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in about a dozen ways, and on
hundreds of occasions, while they demand that Iran always obey the
[It seems to me that the last really huge violation of the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty by the U.S. was when Bush welcomed India
into the Nuclear Club, also called the "Nuclear Haves." Bush also
promised India help with nuclear technology in spite of the fact that
India secretly developed nuclear weapons. As I understand it, the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty forbids countries from sharing
nuclear technology with countries that have refused to sign the
Treaty or have secretly developed nuclear weapons. Also, as I
understand it, the United States government violates the Nuclear Non-
Proliferation Treaty (and agreements attached to it at the
conferences held every five years) by selling or giving planes that
could be used as delivery systems for nuclear weapons to countries
that have secretly developed nuclear weapons, for example to Israel.
The U.S. government has given or sold potential delivery systems for
nuclear weapons to Israel very, very many times. Why is the United
States government so determined to stop North Korea from sharing its
missile technology with other nations while at the same time it
claims that it is okay for the United States to help other countries
acquire nuclear delivery systems?]
12. Finally, President Ahmadinejad, do you happen to know why my
government does not trust Iran’s leaders to tell the truth? I
believe your leaders are very religious and truthful. As far as I
can tell, my own government must be either the biggest liar in the
universe of national governments or else the closest thing to it. Do
you suppose that is why the United States government does not seem to
be able to trust other governments? My government has even been
caught spying on other countries’ United Nations delegations.
PLEASE, President Ahmadinejad, PLEASE help me to understand what is
really going on between our two governments. If you can find someone
who knows English and has enough time to answer my questions, I will
be sure to share the answers with my friends, most of whom are as
puzzled as I am.
I know my government will be spying on my email, and on your answers,
because it is always spying on American citizens. It is not even a
secret any more, and that is one of the reasons so many Americans
hate their government. But I am BEGGING you to help me anyway,
because I really want to know why there seems to be two different
standards, one for the United States and a different one for all
Thank you for your attention and any help you can give me!
You have my very best wishes for peace.
George J. Desnoyers