Open letter to President Obama

Mr. Barak Obama

President of United States of America

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500, United States

June 17, 2013

Dear Sir.

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were a history changing event for the USA and the world. Since, hundreds of billions of American tax payers’ money wasted, thousands of people on both sides have died and lives of millions have permanently changed.

As such, the US armed forces, under your presidency and that of your predecessor have spent nearly 10 years searching for the cold blooded killers, but eventually narrowed their search to Osama Bin Laden. The notorious Islamic terrorist was the master mind of most attacks against the US and its allies, including some Muslim countries. The whole world was behind you and supported your efforts.

It has since been alleged, that the CIA and US military intelligence actually recruited and trained OBL and some of his associates to counter the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, a costly strategic error and a black eye to American Foreign policy, if proven to be true.

History is proving once again not to be a good teacher to foreign affairs advisors within your cabinet relating to arming and training of known killers. It seems to me, sir that you are in the process of making the same mistake again in countries of the Arab spring by providing support in all its forms to “moderate Islamists” to gain power and remain steadfast by their side even as they show the world their true intentions in the months following their elections: terror, marginalization of those opposed to them, killings, arms dealings, spread of hunger and the killing of dreams, kidnappings, widespread corruption, and political assassinations of opposition figures.

You have decided to look the other way at the atrocities committed in the name of radical Islam in that region, because for the time being you have decided these killers serve the geopolitical strategies of the US. You are carrying military strikes against terrorists in Yemen and Mali, yet you are financing and providing logistics to the same people in countries like Syria, and I suspect Egypt, Libya and Tunisia (have you forgotten a murdered US ambassor in Ben Ghazi and a torched US embassy in Tunis).

What you seem to have forgotten is that these terrorists will take your arms, your money, and your consultations to get to power using all means, even elections, only to turn against you and their own people, the day they no longer need you, they will all become OBL. You can be assured of that Mr. President


We ask that you curb any and all assistance to known killers and consider the pain and suffering you are indirectly inflicting on others.

Where are the values and dignity you so often speak about? We hope they do not apply exclusively to US citizens. Most of the buried in the Arlington National Cemetery not far from the White House would not want you to support known terrorists, in the name of geopolitics and “national interest”. History will not forgive you for repeating the same mistake.

Lastly, as you often quote Thomas Jefferson, one that seems to have eluded you is the one I often remember the most “equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political”

Lotfi Saibi, a concerned citizen and peace loving Tunisian

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