"The first time I heard of NIAC was in 2006 when they hosted Stephen Kinzer, author of "All the Shah's Men" in New York City. War-talk was at an all time high and NIAC was going around the country campaigning against it. At the time, I was an M.F.A candidate of Film at Columbia University and two years later, the history of the 1953 coup became the premise of my M.F.A thesis.
The coup is a critical part of US and Iranian history and answers many questions as to why relations are so cold. For there to be peace and diplomacy, it is important to have mutual respect and understanding for one another and that is the lesson the 1953 coup teaches us. The National Iranian American Council grasps this fact and is founded on the very idea of mutual respect and diplomacy. I cannot fathom where we would be without NIAC. Some may not realize the extent of the work they do, but I interned for them, and I know, I know the hours, days and nights they put into protecting and standing up for our cause.
Recent events in Geneva are an indication that NIAC's approach has been masterful in paving the path for peace and diplomacy between our two nations. On this thanksgiving weekend, I would like to ask the Iranian American community to join me in thanking NIAC for its decade-long dedication. Despite the efforts of a minority of self-serving and short-sighted diaspora Iranian hawks, NIAC has arduously fought for the interests of Iranian people inside and outside of Iran and I am ever so grateful. Let's show them how much we appreciate them!" -- Beheshteh Farshneshani is an Iranian American writer and filmmaker from Washington, DC
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After decades of strife between the West and Iran, a deal has been brokered that quashes the prospect of war and paves the path for diplomacy with Iran. It is important to note that the strategy behind this historic deal closely reflects the approach advocated by the National Iranian American Council.
For over a decade, we have witnessed NIAC’s commitment to reinforcing a diplomatic approach to political disputes with Iran and its crucial role in shaping policies that affect Iranians both inside and outside of Iran. NIAC has arduously fought against the prospect of war and effectively campaigned against broad economic sanctions that have had a devastating effect on the Iranian people.
When news of the deal broke out last Sunday, thousands of Iranians took to the streets, celebrating and congratulating one another on the victorious deal. This is a clear indication that NIAC has indeed been on the right side of history, but for fighting this good fight, NIAC has continuously gone under attack by a minority of diaspora Iranians who claim broad sanctions and war are what the Iranian people need and want. Despite clear evidence of overwhelming support for diplomacy in Iran, these “Iranians” continue to push the hawkish agenda of sanctions and war.
As Iranian Americans, we have a vested interest in seeing friendly relations between our two countries and there is no organization that has better conveyed our interests and views than the National Iranian American Council. On this thanksgiving, we would like to take this opportunity to thank NIAC for its decade-long service toward stowing peace and diplomacy and effectively representing the interests of the Iranian community. Keep up the good work. We need you!
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