There has been a dialogue created between Iranian citizens and American citizens through the statement iCaucus put out in February of this year. The following information is from the Vice-President of iCaucus - Mitzi Fortune and we wanted to show how the dialogue between the citizens of both countries has increased over time. iCaucus has received many emails, messages, and phone calls from all over the world and not just from Iranians, but from many other citizens as well. They have found an outlet to discuss many world issues including the continuing issues of armed conflict and the way the world is now viewing Americans based upon what our leadership does.
Information from Mitzi Fortune:
Over the last four months I have received phone calls from Iranian men and women calling from the United States, England, France, Iran, and Dubai. The first few months the calls were to say thank you for recognizing the wrong done to the Iranian people in 1979 and telling the truth about how the current Islamic regime was allowed by the British and US governments to remove the Shah from power and establish their tyrannical rule. The more recent calls have been from Iranian women thanking us for speaking out on the human rights violations against the Iranian people by the mullahs and their sympathizers who are in power. Every woman mentioned the horrible treatment of the Iranian women and that we should “never, never, never negotiate with the Islamic regime” in Iran. These women spoke very broken English so at times it was hard to understand all they said. The most heart-breaking one to hear was the call I received at 3:05 PM PDT on July 22. The Iranian woman who called told me she was in Dubai and calling because she couldn’t call from Tehran. She thanked me for exposing the tyranny her people are living under; she said she has no rights and is at the mercy of her husband and the other men. She said the Europeans keep sending money to Iran “for the people” but it all goes to the mullahs, who control everything. I told her we understand because our government also sends money to Iran that the mullahs receive. She said the real Iranian people love Americans and want to have the freedoms back that Americans enjoy. She also said the regime is putting young people in prison and then executing them. After the call was over I checked what time it was in Dubai: 2:14 AM! This woman had to call in the middle of the night so her husband wouldn’t hear her calling.
Information from President of iCaucus:
iCaucus has received messages, emails, and phone calls from citizens of countries such as Afghanistan, Ukraine, Uganda, and many more. Much of the information has been to give us information from their perspective including Human Rights violations by tyrannical regimes around the world and the fact our government should never be negotiating with them. They have asked if Americans all feel the same way as our representative government appears to. They want to know why we just want to destroy countries not thinking about the citizens of those countries who may not feel the way their regimes do. The stories they share about what is happening to the citizens of these countries are horrendous and heartbreaking. From women being raped, tortured and mudered to young people being hooked on drugs by their government, then arrested, tortured, and executed. Persecution for speaking out or protesting. They ask why we are now ignoring the world. They all believe the American citizens are basically good people, but don't always understand the amount of propaganda Americans receive from their media. Nor do they understand that taxpayer funded programs like Voice of America are not abiding by law when they espouse anti-American ideals or have anti-American programming. At what point do we as Americans begin to stand, not to interfere in these other countries, but to stop what our own government is doing?
The viewpoint of Iranian citizens regarding negotiating with the Iranian regime is just one example and it should actually be a warning. If the Iranian citizens are telling us we should never negotiate with them, then all the propaganda regarding the sanctions hurting the citizens, seems as if it is not true. Don't trust us, talk to some of them if you know any and they will all tell you the same thing.