Letters from one to another is not a new thing. But some letters, whether one agrees with them or not, are extraordinary. According to the observers, the letters written by Islamic Republic of Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the new US President Barack Hussein Obama, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to new US President Barack Hussein Obama, Islamic Republic of Iran’s Vilayat-e-Faqih (Supreme Leader) Ayatollah Ali Khameini to the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyah, and reply of Haniya to Khameini too come in this category. Reproduced below are the texts of the four letters.
Ahmadinejad’s Letter to Obama
Thursday, November 6, 2008; 7:02 PM
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Mr Barack Obama
President-elect of the United States of America
I congratulate you on having gained the majority of the votes of those who took part in the election. As you know, the chances that God gives to his subjects pass swiftly. They can be used for the perfection of humanity and to the benefit of nations or, God forbid, to the detriment of nations.
I hope you will choose to honour the real interests of people and justice and equity over the insatiable appetites of the selfish minority. Use this chance to serve to the extent you can. And leave a good name behind for yourself.
People expect an immediate and clear response to the pressure for fundamental change in the American government's policies, both foreign and domestic. This is the desire of all the world's nations and of the American nation as well, and it should be the objective and basis of all your future government's programs and actions.
On the one hand, the American nation, which has spiritual inclinations, expects your government to focus its energy and will on serving the people; dealing with the current economic crisis; restoring the country's standing, morale and hope; eradicating poverty and discrimination; and renewing respect for individuals, their safety and their rights. It also expects policies that will strengthen the foundations of the family -- part of the teachings of the holy prophets, who are also revered in America.
On the other hand, the nations of the world expect an end to policies based on warmongering, invasion, bullying, trickery, the humiliation of other countries by the imposition of biased and unfair requirements, and a diplomatic approach that has bred hatred for America's leaders and undermined respect for its people. They want to see actions based on justice, respect for the rights of human beings and nations, friendship and non-intervention in the affairs of others. They want the American Government to keep its interventions within its own country's borders.
In the sensitive Middle East region, in particular, the expectation is that the unjust actions of the past 60 years will give way to a policy encouraging full rights for all nations, especially the oppressed nations of Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The great civilization-building and justice-seeking nation of Iran would welcome major, fair and real changes, in policies and actions, especially in this region.
If steps are taken in the path of righteousness, toward the goal of carrying out the teachings of the holy Prophets, it is hoped that almighty God will help and that the enormous damage done in the past will be somewhat diminished.
I ask the high God to grant all of humanity and all nations health and happiness, honor and prosperity, and to grant rulers and officials the ability to learn from the past and to use every chance to serve, to spread love and kindness, to eradicate oppression, to do justice and to follow the holy guidelines.
President of Islamic Republic of Iran
Mahathir Mohamad’s Open Letter to Barak Hussein Obama
January 1, 2009
Dear Mr President
I did not vote for you in the Presidential Election because I am Malaysian. But I consider myself one of your constituents because what you do or say will affect me and my country as well.
I welcome your promise for change. Certainly your country, the United States of America needs a lot of changes. That is because America and Americans have become the most hated people in the world. Even Europeans dislike your arrogance. Yet you were once admired and liked because you freed a lot of countries from conquest and subjugation.
It is the custom on New Year's day for people to make resolutions. You must have listed your good resolutions already. But may I politely suggest that you also resolve to do the following in pursuit of Change.
1) Stop Killing People: The United States is too fond of killing people in order to achieve its objectives. You call it war, but today's wars are not about professional soldiers fighting and killing each other. It is about killing people, ordinary innocent people by the hundreds of thousands. Whole countries will be devastated. War is primitive, the cavemen's way of dealing with a problem. Stop your arms build up and your planning for future wars.
2) Stop Indiscriminate Support of Israeli Killers with Your Money and Weapons: The planes and the bombs killing the people of Gaza are from you.
3) Stop Applying Sanctions against Countries Which Can’t Do Same against You:
In Iraq your sanctions killed 500,000 children through depriving them of medicine and food. Others were born deformed. What have you achieved with this cruelty? Nothing except the hatred of the victims and right-thinking people.
4) Stop Your Scientists and Researchers from Inventing New and More Diabolical Weapons to Kill More People More Efficiently
5) Stop Your Arms Manufacturers from Producing Them: Stop your sales of arms to the world. It is blood money that you earn. It is un-Christian.
6) Stop Trying to Democratize All Countries of the World: Democracy may work for the United States but it does not always work for other countries. Don't kill people because they are not democratic. Your crusade to democratize countries has killed more people than the authoritarian Governments which you overthrew. And you have not succeeded anyway.
7) Stop Casinos Which You Call Financial Institutions: Stop hedge funds, derivatives and currency trading. Stop banks from lending non-existent money by the billions. Regulate and supervise your banks. Jail the miscreants who made profits from abusing the system.
8) Sign the Kyoto Protocol and Other International Agreements
9) Show respect for the United Nations
I have many other resolutions for change which I think you should consider and undertake. But I think you have enough on your plate for this 2009th year of the Christian Era.
If you can do only a few of what I suggest, you will be remembered by the world as a great leader. Then the United States will again be the most admired nation. Your embassies will be able to take down the high fences and razor-wire coils that surround them.
May I wish you a Happy New Year and a great Presidency.
Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad
(Former Prime Minister of Malaysia)
(Courtesy: Global Research, January 2, 2009)
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's Letter To Ismail Haniya
In the Name of God the Compassionate and the Merciful
January 16, 2009
To the Hamas leader Ismail Haniya
"Peace be unto you and so may the mercy of Allah and His blessings"
The 20-day perseverance of you, the courageous resistance fighters and the people of Gaza against one of the most atrocious war crimes in the history of the world has hoisted the flag of glory overhead the Islamic Ummah. You have proven that Muslim hearts filled with confidence in God and the Day of Judgment, which will not bow to oppression, can create such heroism that will bring the arrogant powers of the world and their well-equipped armies to their knees.
The army, which you have managed with your perseverance to keep outside Gaza City for the past 20 days, is the same army that took large portions of three Arab States in just six days.
You must be proud of your unshakable faith in God almighty and his promises, of your courage, patience and sacrifices, as today, the whole of the Muslim world is proud of it. Your resistance has brought shame on the US, the Zionist regime and their supporters in the United Nations and in certain Islamic countries.
Today, not only Muslim nations, but also many European and American nations have acknowledged your righteousness. In our eyes, you are victorious today and with the continuation of your resistance, you will further bring shame to the enemy.
You must remember that "Your Lord has not forsaken you, nor has He become displeased," and that "Soon your Lord will give you so that you shall be well pleased," God willing.
But even so the atrocities committed in Gaza and the death of innocent Palestinians, especially the children, has deeply saddened us. Our entire nation is in mourning because of the crimes committed by the occupiers of Palestine which are broadcast from our television channels everyday.
I pray to God for a speedy victory. As God almighty never goes back on his promises and has said "And surely Allah will help him who helps His cause; most surely Allah is Strong, Mighty" and "Those who strive, strive for their own good"….
Those among the Arab world who have committed treachery must know that a fate no better than that of the Jewish people involved in the battle of the clans will befall them, as God almighty has said "He also brought down their allies among the people of the scripture from their secure positions."
The nations of the world stand beside the people and resistance fighters of Gaza. Any Government that goes against the will of its nation will further distance itself from its people and the fate of such Government is obvious.
They must remember that the Commander of the Faithful Ali Ibn Abi Talib has said "Living a life of defeat is death and a death with dignity is life."
I salute you and the resistance fighters of Gaza and the oppressed and resistant people of Gaza. Aside from the Islamic Republic of Iran's efforts to aid you, which we have viewed it as our duty, I pray for you day and night. I wish you patience and victory from God almighty.
"Peace be unto you and unto every pious person so may the mercy of Allah and His blessings"
Seyyed Ali Khamenei
Ismail Haniya's Letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
In the Name of God the Compassionate and the Merciful
Sat, 31 Jan 2009 19:26:52 GMT
To the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
"Peace be unto you and so may the mercy of Allah and His blessings"
It is with great honour that I extend the appreciation of the Government and the Nation of Palestine as well as the wounded but victorious Gaza to your Excellency for your courageous and exceptional stance which indicated the wisdom of Islamic Iran's leadership and the compassion of the Iranian Nation.
Your words and messages before the offensive against Gaza and during the difficult days of war breathed the spirit of resistance, dignity and pride into the people of Gaza and its resistance fighters, encouraging them to stand firm against the enemy.
Under your guidance, the Islamic Republic of Iran played an active role in issues such as the Doha Summit on Gaza. These efforts came to the aid of the defenseless people of Palestine and brought them new hope.
With its all out support, Iran has helped the people of Palestine on the path of resistance. The victory of Gazans in the recent war is, in fact, the second victory for the Islamic resistance, the first being that of the 2006 war on Southern Lebanon. May God bless you and the Iranian nation for your efforts and for your support. The Iranian nation, in light of your leadership, has made every effort to come to the aid of Palestinians. These efforts make us proud and we are grateful for them.
The people of Palestine and especially Gazans are now in dire need of political and non-political as well as popular support in order to reconstruct Gaza. The Palestinian nation desires a life of freedom and dignity, a life free of occupation and blockades. In order for us to achieve this, aside from divine assistance, the continuing support of your Excellency and the Iranian nation is required to enable us to stand against the US and the criminal Zionist regime.
Once again, I would like to extend the Palestinian nation's and my own appreciation to your Excellency and the Nation of Iran.
Prime Minister, Palestinian Authority