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July 19, 2015 8:10 pm

An Open Letter to President Obama & Secretary Kerry

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photo: U.S. State Department.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photo: U.S. State Department.

Dear President Obama & Secretary Kerry,

Have either of you ever heard of long-term accountability? It means that one remains accountable for one’s actions long after those actions have taken place. For example, if someone creates a circumstance that will inevitably cause someone else’s death, and that death only occurs years later when the circumstance is triggered, the person who caused it to happen would immediately be arrested and held accountable for that death. The passage of time is irrelevant.

I am bringing this up because it has dawned on me that neither of you seem to feel subject to the effects of long-term accountability, as far as I can make out. This is probably a key factor in your joint decision to risk the lives of millions of people by agreeing to a deal with Iran, and railroading the world into accepting it, as well as lying about how good it is.

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Iran is a country that openly declares, even now, its desire to rid the world of the Great Satan – the United States – and its ally, the little Satan – the State of Israel. They neither hide their genocidal desires, nor have they been compelled by you to do so. This is unprecedented in world history. When mighty powers force weaker powers to sign deals, pacts or treaties, they extract maximum concessions out of them. Not minimum concessions, and promises that amount to long-term danger to those for whom they bear responsibility.

But it seems that all this is of no consequence to you, because notwithstanding the fact that conventional weapons and ultimately nuclear weapons will fall into the hands of this vicious regime, as a direct result of your risky diplomatic decisions, you will never be held accountable.

It seems to me you have concluded that if a ballistic missile, or hundreds of them, hit Tel Aviv or Jerusalem at some point in the near or distant future – ballistic missiles obtained by Iran or its proxies as a result of your diplomatic folly – neither of you will be arrested for having enabled the murder of thousands of innocent civilians. Perhaps the press will praise you for having made the valiant effort to bring about world peace, and claim that you cannot be blamed if your successors or underlings did not live up to their responsibilities in policing the conditions of the deal. That is the sick reality of delusion, and hubris.

As to the nuclear bomb, I saw your interview in Atlantic Magazine, Mr. President, in which you said: “If Iran has a nuclear weapon [in twenty years], it’s my name on this… I have a personal interest in locking this down.” Come on! Who are you kidding? Just cheap words said to make sure Congress and Prime Minister Netanyahu don’t get the better of you. In twenty years time – with your clever mouth, and your fast brain, you will find a reason to convince the world you are not to blame. Meanwhile, Iran will have the bomb, thank you very much.

There is not much more for me to add, just to say that the blood of innocent people who die as a result of this deal will be on your hands, whether the deaths happen next month, next year, or in ten or fifteen years time. While you remain protected by secret service agents, and pamper yourselves in gated estates with money earned from generous pensions and outrageous speakers fees, millions of people across the Middle East, and beyond, will have been thrust into the crosshairs of a maniacal regime intent on world domination through violence and mayhem. And you are the ones who made this happen.

May God defend us all from your capitulation to evil,

Rabbi Pini Dunner

Rabbi Pini Dunner is the senior spiritual leader of the Beverly Hills Synagogue. 

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  • FROM John Hakimian
    TO:Senator Barbara Boxer 112 Hart Senate Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20510July 24, 2015Dear Senator Barbara Boxer:
    The United States is faced with unprecedented struggle—facing the enemies from without and from within. Unequivocally, the fight which Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz and many noble men and women of congress are engaging is a generational war which parallels that of WWII . However, the PM of UK who had the choice of becoming the Churchill or Chamberlin has chosen the path of Chamberlain. This could be due to bullying tactic of this administration which usurps the right of others by manipulation and dishonest tactics. This is well documented in this letter. Yes; they are very few good men/women of US congress who are demonstrating the Churchillian courage. On the other hand, they are those who identify with a particular party first while the end do justifies the means. The latter ones are those who sought higher office for self-serving agenda, as opposed to serving a greater cause. I am an Iranian American, graduate of CUNY, I consider myself as an American only. My loyalty is dictated by the principles of “Truth is the highest value” and, “ The end does NOT justifies the means. This explains that why I admire Harry Truman, JFK, late Senators Robert Kennedy. I also, admire Gerald Ford, Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton. Yes, they are all adhering to the two mentioned above principles.I live in Los Angeles. I have previously have voiced my serious apprehension with regard to the true hidden agenda of this Administration which is to ELEVATE the Islmao-Nazi Regime in Teheran to a regional Superpower. Unfortunately, Senators Boxer and Feinstein have elected to ignore my pleas. That is why I have to stand firm and express my serious concern to Senator Boxer with regard to the following :• Senator has placed her loyalty to Barack Obama above your loyalty to the United State Constitution.• Senator is defending those who are in commission of collusion against the United States. • Senator’s hypocritical oblivion to the Human Rights for People of Cuba, Iran and Genocide committed by Isamo-Nazi of Iran and Bahir Assad in Syria. The senator considers herself the champion of women and gays, etc. But, how can senator could ignore the hanging of gays, arresting women for not adhering to “Islamic Dress Code”, and severe persecution of peaceful members of Bahia faith and denying their children form education. The Obama’s record on that regard is nothing but shame and total lack of human empathy. Yes, in 2009 when millions of Iranians conducted the most peaceful civilized demonstrations in order to protest their stolen election, they were massacred and raped (men and women). What did the “anointed one” did? Nothing! And where were you Senator Boxer? • , The senator’s sabotage of the Senator hearing conducted on July 23, 20015. While Senator Boxer evaded probing the collusion of John Kerry with the Iranian delegates, the senator engaged in distracting the hearings from real issues by giving lecture on “morality” to republicans. The probing senators actually exercised nobility and avoided calling John Kerry’s act as what really is/was. The Obama Administration has done it again, and is STABBING the Congress and American people in the back. Obama/Kerry team has taken the lifting of Iran Sanctions to UN Security Council before allowing the American people and congress to express their voices. They have acted in bad faith by not mentioning their intention of shutting off the American people and congress from the process. Their “testimonies” are evasive, non-transparent, and “street smart”. By doing so, this White House has succeeded in usurping the treaty power of the senate afforded by the constitution. Furthermore, this administration covertly and for inexplicable reasons has released $700 million per month to Iranians since March of 2015! The other troubling development is the appearance of treason by John Kerry whose son-in-law is an Iranian. During the March negotiation, Journalist, Amir Hossein Motaghi, who was instrumental in the election of President Hassan Rouhani when he served as his personal aide during the Iranian election, asked authorities in Switzerland to grant him political asylum According to the British Telegraph newspaper, Motaghi also harshly criticized the American role in the talks, saying the White House was attempting to persuade the other members of the P5+1 group of nations (US, England, France, Russia, China and Germany) to ACCEPT Iran’s point of view. • “The US negotiating team is mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” Montaghi said. I am astonished as why the defection of Amir Hossein Motaghi has been Ignored not only by the Pretorian Guard Media, but also by the Congress. Please consider the following LINK: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/11500145/Pro-Hassan-Rouhani-Iranian-editor-defects-while-covering-nuclear-talks-in-Lausanne.html Other concern is that this administration has made a deal such that Qasem Soleimani, a notorious and shadowy Iranian general who helped Shiite militias in Iraq KILL AMERICAN soldiers and who has come to the rescue of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to receive sanction relief.For efficiency, I am enclosing the documents with regard to above which are self-explanatory.
    The Obama Administration with influence of Valerie Jarrett and Muslim Brotherhood advisers is implementing its long term hidden agenda. Yes, Obama’s insidious intention is to promote the number one sponsor terrorism, the architect of Syrian Genocide to the regional Superpower/PARTNER.
    My best regards,John Hakimian

  • FROM John Hakimian

    TO:
    Senator Barbara Boxer
    112 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20510
    July 24, 2015
    Dear Senator Barbara Boxer:

    The United States is faced with unpresented struggle—facing the enemies from without and from within. Unequivocally, the fight which Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz and many noble men and women of congress are engaging is a generational war which parallels that of WWII . However, the PM of UK who had the choice of becoming the Churchill or Chamberlin has chosen the path of Chamberlain. This could be due to bullying tactic of this administration which usurps the right of others by manipulation and dishonest tactics. This is well documented in this letter. Yes; they are very few good men/women of US congress who are demonstrating the Churchillian courage. On the other hand, they are those who identify with a particular party first while the end do justifies the means. The latter ones are those who sought higher office for self-serving agenda, as opposed to serving a greater cause.
    I am an Iranian American, graduate of CUNY, I consider myself as an American only. My loyalty is dictated by the principles of “Truth is the highest value” and, “ The end does NOT justifies the means. This explains that why I admire Harry Truman, JFK, late Senators Robert Kennedy. I also, admire Gerald Ford, Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton. Yes, they are all adhering to the two mentioned above principles.
    I live in Los Angeles. I have previously have voiced my serious apprehension with regard to the true hidden agenda of this Administration which is to ELEVATE the Islmao-Nazi Regime in Teheran to a regional Superpower. Unfortunately, Senators Boxer and Feinstein have elected to ignore my pleas. That is why I have to stand firm and express my serious concern to Senator Boxer with regard to the following :
    • Senator has placed her loyalty to Barack Obama above your loyalty to the United State Constitution.
    • Senator is defending those who are in commission of collusion against the United States.
    • Senator’s hypocritical oblivion to the Human Rights for People of Cuba, Iran and Genocide committed by Isamo-Nazi of Iran and Bahir Assad in Syria. The senator considers herself the champion of women and gays, etc. But, how can senator could ignore the hanging of gays, arresting women for not adhering to “Islamic Dress Code”, and severe persecution of peaceful members of Bahia faith and denying their
    children form education. The Obama’s record on that regard is nothing but shame and total lack of human empathy. Yes, in 2009 when millions of Iranians conducted the most peaceful civilized demonstrations in order to protest their stolen election, they were massacred and raped (men and women). What did the “anointed one” did? Nothing! And where were you Senator Boxer?
    • , The senator’s sabotage of the Senator hearing conducted on July 23, 20015. While Senator Boxer evaded probing the collusion of John Kerry with the Iranian delegates, the senator engaged in distracting the hearings from real issues by giving lecture on “morality” to republicans. The probing senators actually exercised nobility and avoided calling John Kerry’s act as what really is/was.
    The Obama Administration has done it again, and is STABBING the Congress and American people in the back. Obama/Kerry team has taken the lifting of Iran Sanctions to UN Security Council before allowing the American people and congress to express their voices. They have acted in bad faith by not mentioning their intention of shutting off the American people and congress from the process. Their “testimonies” are evasive, non-transparent, and “street smart”. By doing so, this White House has succeeded in usurping the treaty power of the senate afforded by the constitution. Furthermore, this administration covertly and for inexplicable reasons has released $700 million per month to Iranians since March of 2015! The other troubling development is the appearance of treason by John Kerry whose son-in-law is an Iranian. During the March negotiation, Journalist, Amir Hossein Motaghi, who was instrumental in the election of President Hassan Rouhani when he served as his personal aide during the Iranian election, asked authorities in Switzerland to grant him political asylum According to the British Telegraph newspaper, Motaghi also harshly criticized the American role in the talks, saying the White House was attempting to persuade the other members of the P5+1 group of nations (US, England, France, Russia, China and Germany) to ACCEPT Iran’s point of view. • “The US negotiating team is mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” Montaghi said.
    I am astonished as why the defection of Amir Hossein Motaghi has been Ignored not only by the Pretorian Guard Media, but also by the Congress. Please consider the following LINK:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/11500145/Pro-Hassan-Rouhani-Iranian-editor-defects-while-covering-nuclear-talks-in-Lausanne.html
    Other concern is that this administration has made a deal such that Qasem Soleimani, a notorious and shadowy Iranian general who helped Shiite militias in Iraq KILL AMERICAN soldiers and who has come to the rescue of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to receive sanction relief.
    For efficiency, I am enclosing the documents with regard to above which are self-explanatory.

    The Obama Administration with influence of Valerie Jarrett and Muslim Brotherhood advisers is implementing its long term hidden agenda. Yes, Obama’s insidious intention is to promote the number one sponsor terrorism, the architect of Syrian Genocide to the regional Superpower/PARTNER.

    My best regards,
    John Hakimian

  • Al Goldberg

    It’s difficult not to associate the words “peace in our time” and what happened soon after, with what is likley to happen with the Iranians if the current plan is enabled. The only difference is that they are telling us quite loudly that there will no peace. Ignoring this is foolish.

    Despite the warnings that effective sanctions would be difficult to maintain I would like to see what a diplomatic effort at the level of the current negotiatons could accomplish.

  • NuritG

    May God defend us all from Obama’s infatuation with evil and may that very same evil get hold of him and harm him to show him how wrong he was in doing all he could to capitulate to that evil.

  • Miels

    What is the alternative to this deal?

    The Nazis and the pre-WWII era leave a dark stain on the power of diplomacy, but its seems, to me, the exception that proves the rule: Diplomacy first and last.

  • John Kerry is a Boston Brahmin and half Jewish! He must hate himself and Jews in general. Why Mr. president and Kerry would negotiate with them is beyond me.

  • Arnold Powell

    Rabbi Pini Dunner, My congratulations on a truly excellent article with your assessment of the situation. I was a small boy living in London when the German Chancellor Herr Hitler repeatedly made his bellicose threats to rid Germany and Europe of the Jews and his intention to create German colonies in Eastern Europe, (enslaving the populace). “It’s only talk, nothing to be concerned about!” was the general opinion.
    Then came 1938 and Hitler demanded the Sudetenland part of Czechoslovakia. A consortium of European powers, France Italy and the UK. acquiesced to his demands, and claimed “Peace in our time” when Hitler stated “We have no other territorial ambitions in Europe.”
    Within 6 months German troops occupied the rest of Czechoslovakia. 3 months later came the Anschluss, the unification of Austria with Germany. In Nov 1938 the most vicious pogrom against the Jews of the night of broken glass the world had ever seen and less than a year following the Peace in our time statement of British Premier Neville Chamberlain Germany attacked and invaded Poland on 1st. September 1939. How could the world fail to trust the enlightened German descendants of Beethoven, Schubert and Schiller? The cost by VE day 1945 was an astounding 50,000,000 dead,(10% of them Jews) countless injured and maimed, cities devastated and countryside laid waste. The fundamentalist Iranian clergy are no different to the Nazi Germans and even now they are broadcasting their intentions of death and destruction while signing agreements that they have no intention of honouring all the time smiling benignly . If we fail to remember and learn, it will happen over again. Wake up America. Wake up NATO. As Shakespeare said, “Wouldst have a serpent sting thee twice?”

    • As a student of history I am able to tell you that people never learn from history, and it seems humankind is fated to repeat the same mistakes time and again. In this situation the US administration has concluded that the Chamberlain/Obama comparison is flawed, and that Iran is not Nazi Germany, and therefore the agreement they are signing bears no resemblance to the Munich ‘Peace in our time’ agreement. You and I, and many others, may see things differently, but none of us are either the President of the US, nor the US Secretary of State, which means that while we can opine, our ability to ensure that Iran is genuinely contained is limited to saying what needs to be said, so that it can never be stated after things unravel that this treaty was universally approved. It was not, is not, and we are warning the world that the President and all the others involved in this dreadful treaty are making a pact with the devil himself.

  • Phil Noyce

    I have heard of “long term accountability” and it would be a nice idea.

    If there were such a thing Dick Cheney, George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz would be locked up in their orange jump suits and their enabling ideologues and cheerleaders would have been tarred and feathered and less attracted to this new round of polemicizing.

    • Jerry

      one remains accountable for one’s actions long after those actions have taken place.That means lying to get a Bronze Star & Purple Heart?

    • brian ellman

      Whilst Cheney,Bush and Rumsfeld may have made errors –they at no time enabled our enemies—and if someone consistently calls for the destruction of the United States and Israel —-they are certainly your enemy
      You have a president who is full of rhetoric and consistently demonstrates his yellow belly—red lines in Syria—threats to Soviet Union and now caving in to this vile and dangerous regime
      He will soon be gone but the damage he has done will live on for many years

  • Richard Kirschenbaum

    Dear Rabbi Dunner
    This is not unprecedented as you contend. It is Munich 1938 revisited. Obama received overwhelming Jewish support in his tow campaigns.
    We are a people who run the political gambit from Karl Marx to Ayn Rand.
    It’s time we recognize who our real friends are.

  • RobiMac

    …….And they will never be held accountable in this life. This nation that used to be called America, as a whole, has not and will not rise up against Obamagov and insist that we’ve had enough while toting their firearms. And while the fools of this nation continue every 4th of July to celebrate their independence (oxymoron) from British rule, they totally ignore islamic rule that is in progress, so….whatever!

    All’s I can say is where the hell is Godzilla when you need him?!

  • Jeff Saddlemire

    Because of the evil forces of Obama and the others who agreed to this Nuke deal, I strongly believe the US will be nuked by Iran within 4-6 years if not sooner.

    • RobiMac

      When that happens, it is my hope that the District of Corruption gets the first nuke.

    • Marvin

      The prospect is for an EMP attack, maybe within 1-2 years. Other nuclear strategies require too many weapons and missiles for a semi-competent intelligence agency to miss, even if the president is as determined as Obama is to look the other way. An EMP attack with 2-3 explosions will likely kill upwards of 290 million Americans: As all electronic devices fail, food supply systems will fail, electricity and water won’t flow, hospitals will close down, and chaos will prevail.

      The real question is whether this is what Obama wants. Before dismissing it, consider that if it happens before Jan 20, 2017, he gets to remain president, or dictator, for life.

  • Clea Belcher

    Excellent article. The agreement is short on accountability and concern for precious lives, especially in the long term.

  • Lawrence

    Yes but Obama and Kerry are more than happy to see Iran get the bomb, and Israel annihilated. To paraphrase Sherlock Holmes, if you have eliminated the impossible (motives in this case), then whatever remains, no matter how improbable, is the truth.

    And it’s not just Obama and Kerry, it’s many of their supporters, the Western Left, the BBC. Cameron and of course the German government are on board.

    The world wants the Jews to suffer another Holocaust, it’s that simple. Jews are not facing facts, and never have done so. And never will.

  • Paul Winter

    No rabbi, Barack Hussein did not capitulate to evil, he treacherously facilitated it in pursuance of his support for revolutionary islam.

  • Legacy: WWIII.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    This is a superb, highly cogent letter by Rabbi Dunner. Very unfortunately Congress has not acted on this president to this point by having him impeached for treacherous activity. Have been saying this for more than a year. His actions and the actions of his secretary offstage have not only put the Middle East on alert, but the entire entire globe in a most dangerous, precarious position for years to come. That the American people, of which I am one, although I live in Jerusalem, have allowed this to happen without mass protests and addressing the now seemingly out-of-control activities of this reckless, disingenuous president and his henchmen is also tantamount to complicit guilt and responsibility for their self-serving, irresponsible, potentially criminal acts in forcing this deal with Iran upon a silent world.

  • Edward Marcinko

    Do you think Israel would agree to anywhere anytime inspection of its nuclear and military installations?

    • Adela

      Israel does not proclaim nonstop to the world to send any peoples to the sea, chanting “DEATH TO THE JEWS” “DEATH TO ISRAEL” “DEATH TO AMERICA” “DEATH TO INFIDELS”…does it? So…read the history before showing your ignoramus mind through your asinine words!

    • Israel is not threatening to wipe any country or people off the face of the Earth.

      • Paul

        I’m sick of hearing about how the Israelis want to eliminate the Palestinians.

        • Adela

          Yeah….it’s the other way around though. But you know, they’ll never ever “eliminate” Israel, the Israelis or the Jews!

          We are too intelligent for them. What can I tell ya! HAHAHA!!!

  • Sharon Bolling

    My sincere apologies that these men (I am ashamed to say are the leaders of my country) have put this world and the Middle East in such an untenable situation. Their shortsighted hubris in wanting to secure their place in history may well start World War III. Anyone with a smidgen of discernment knows Iran has no intention of abiding by the terms of any agreement with “the great satan” in any way, shape, or form. May G_D forgive them for what they have done, because we the Christian and Jewish citizens of America will not.

  • Geoff

    Batak Obama does not have the tiniest concern what happens beyond his delusional naracissic view of how he “fundamentally transformed America”

    The history books are filled during the 20th Century and running further into the 21st Century with the legions of people killed in the dream of the creation of a Utopian Paradise here on earth by the Leftist/Progressive/Socialist/Marxist know-if-alls who believe that the ends always justify the means. In their dream like state of unconsciousness, they as the elites know what is best for the masses. As they gain more power and control whether millions die is inconsequential. It is the pursuit of their distorted Utopia that matters. As David Horowitz correctly stated, “Inside Every Liberal is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out”.

    A nuclear Iran, no big deal. The Russians expanding and reclaiming their place in the sun, no big deal. The Chinese expanding and claiming land they have no right to, no big deal. ISIS murdering, raping and destroying, no big deal. Drawing lines in the sand and then backing down when they are crossed, no big deal. Throwing valued allies under the bus, no big deal. Embracing corrupt totalitarian regimes as new friends, no big deal. Talking out of both sides of your mouth, no big deal. Lying, deceiving and/or distorting the truth, no big deal. Redefining the truth to fit your delusional thinking, no big deal.

    The world is being reshuffled. The good and bad are being flipped. The result is that the ugly is rising. It is hungry and will attempt to devour anything and everything in its way. The United States under the Un-leadership of President Obama has taken a seat in the stands and has become a bystander that is mute.

    The vacuum will be filled. The bad and ugly see their chance with no opposition from the USA to claim as much as they can with zero repercussions. The world is being turned upside down.

    As President Obama withdraws the U.S. from the world stage, mayhem and chaos are taken over.

    Where is Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher or Winston Churchill to rally others to the cause of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”?

    Are there no longer politicans and leaders who have virtue and are directed by a moral compass?

  • Lorich Maximilian

    Thank You very much!

  • Shulamith Goodman

    Kol Hakavod to Rabbi Dunner for telling it like it is. In Israel we agree with every word he says.

  • Shalom-Hillel

    It is the Democrats who will be responsible for letting this deadly folly happen because they can stop it. Republicans are properly alarmed and are united. If Sen. Schumer does not stand up and lead the denunciation of this deadly agreement with fanatics, then why is he in the Senate? Whom does he represent, the people or Obama?

    And why haven’t our hostages been freed from their Iranian prison cells? What’s going on in this government?

    • Marvin

      The people who are being asked to stand with the president “right or wrong” are exactly the same people who scoffed at the idea of “my country right or wrong”. Maybe they can explain why unthinking support for a clearly unthinking leader is somehow better than support for the country that has provided them with so much.

  • Walter A Osterman

    I fear that just as Chamberlain’s deal with the devil birthed World War II, this agreement assures World War III in the foreseeable future.

    May history prove me wrong, I pray.

    Bravo for your courage and clarity.

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