A self-described Iranian prisoner of conscience recently wrote a letter to President Barack Obama excoriating the president for negotiating with a regime that is slaughtering its own people. Glenn Beck received a copy of the letter from Manda Zand Ervin, the founder and director of the Alliance of Iranian Women, and read it on his radio program Thursday.
"The Islamic clerics have taken our nation hostage to their fanatical Islamic tyranny," Heshmatollah Tabarzadi wrote the president. "In 2009 when the people of Iran loudly and clearly asked for your support for their freedom and sovereignty, you ignored us and you empowered the tyrants to imprison, torture, and kill us."
Tabarzadi said Obama is misinforming the American people by saying a nuclear deal must be made with the Iranian regime. He asserted that any deal is an act of "surrender" by the American people.
"Mr. President, we the Iranian people submit to you and the people of the world that there is another way. Please sanction and weaken the illegal regime of Khamenei and empower the people to overthrow the tyranny," Tabarzadi begged.
President Barack Obama speaks about Iran and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, during a meeting with Defense Secretary Ash Carter in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The president said Netanyahu didn't offer any "viable alternatives" to the nuclear negotiations with Iran during his speech to Congress. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Tabarzadi described himself as one of the student leaders considered to be an architect of the student uprising in July of 1999. As a result, he spent six years in the notorious Evin Prison, where political prisoners are routinely raped and beaten.
"Your friendly communications to the tyrant of Iran continued in the name of the people of the United States, ignoring the human rights of the people of Iran," Tabarzadi wrote. "You helped Khamenei to continue his Islamic tyranny in the name of Allah and Islam."
The journalist said the people of Iran are not "backward fascists" or religious fanatics like the country's rulers.
"When the day comes that the boots of tyranny are lifted off our neck, it will be proven that the Iranians are capable of handling democracy, secularism, and social justice," he said. "Mr. President, all we want is to be part of the international community. All we want is to be a free democratic people and master of our own destiny, to live in peace and prosperity, and to be the decision-makers for our own homeland."
"If the international community wants peace in the Middle East, support the people of Iran, and not the tyrants," Tabarzadi urged.
Read the complete letter below:
Glenn Beck said Americans "have to find a way to help these people."
"We have to start knowing these people's names. We have to start knowing their plight. We have to start looking for the people who are actually fighting," Beck said. "When will the people actually say, 'I am outraged that the president of the United States is negotiating with the government, the Islamic crazy psychopathic government of Iran? Against all of our allies wishes!' When will the people actually stand up and say, 'No more. No more. Not in my name.'"
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