The Right Honorable Boris Johnson
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
10 Downing Street
Dear Mr. Prime Minister:
On behalf of the National Union for Democracy in Iran (NUFDI), I would like to congratulate you on your victory and wish you much success in the years to come.
On write this letter to share with you, respectfully, the thoughts and concerns of vast majority of Iranians who are peace-loving and seek a better future for Iran and a renewed positive relationship with the United Kingdom.
The general notion among the international community since the revolution has been that policy towards Iran should rest upon either aggression or appeasement. American officials have wisely deferred from attacking Iran in recent months, recognizing that it would do little in serving American interests; a military attack would arouse the deeply nationalistic sentiments of the Iranian people. Meanwhile, the second option, appeasement, has proven to be futile and naïve. I certainly hope that the United Kingdom ascertains the same. Following implementation of the nuclear deal between the P5+1 and the IRI, the IRI has demonstrated that it will continue, perhaps with more resolve than ever before, to deny systematically the human and civil rights of Iranian citizens and to engage in destabilizing and destructive behavior in the Middle East.
The very nature of the totalitarian theocracy that is the Islamic Republic rests upon a foundation of diametric opposition to the free world. Instead of altering the IRI’s behavior, as many hoped it would, the nuclear deal has only reinforced the current reality, stabilizing and prolonging the life of a regime that is unwilling and unable to change.
The Islamic Republic broke its social contract with the Iranian people long ago. It is neither a democratic nor a popular government. It does not represent its citizens, who continue to combat the regime in an enduring struggle for their basic liberties and rights. Unlike the IRI, the Iranian people are overwhelmingly pro-Western. They are liberal and secular and yearn to build bridges to the international community. And yet despite this stark, very meaningful contrast between the IRI and the Iranian people, virtually all engagement between the United Kingdom and Iran has occurred at the government level, while the Iranian people have been consistently ignored.
As the Iranian people together represent the free world’s single greatest and most natural ally in promoting and achieving a democratic, responsible, peaceful and prosperous Iran, our request and hope is that your administration offer the Iranian people their long deserved but denied “seat at the table”.
Dr. Saeed Ganji
National Union For Democracy in Iran
President & Chairman