Forever Under Construction

Sean Penn, Iraq, Iran

Posted in Activism, Iran, Iraq, Peace, USA by homeyra on April 6, 2007

Sean Penn: An Open Letter to the President … Four and a Half Years Later
Podcast, thanks Bijan🙂

“… I’ve been on the streets of Baghdad during this occupational war, outside the Green Zone, without security, and you haven’t … In that country of 25 million, these children have now suffered minimally, a rainstorm of civilian death around and among them totaling thesp-sfg.jpg equivalent of two hundred September 11ths in just four years of war.

Two hundred 9/11s. Two hundred 9/11s.

You want to rattle sabers toward Iran now? Let me tell you something about Iran, because I’ve been there and you haven’t. Iran is a great country. A great country. Does it have its haters? You bet. Just like the United States has its haters. Does it have a corrupt regime? You bet. Just like the United States has a corrupt regime. Does it want a nuclear weapon? Maybe. Do we have one? You bet. But the people of Iran are great people. And if we give that corrupt leadership, (by attacking Iran militarily) the opportunity to unify that great country in hatred against us, we’ll have been giving up one of our most promising future allies in decades. If you really know anything about Iran, you know exactly what I’m referring to …” read more



In June 2005 Sean Penn traveled to Iran for the San Francisco Chronicle. You can read his articles here and see the video.

Sean Penn hopes US people know Iran’s culture, Payvand


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  1. peoplesgeography said, on April 6, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    Kudos to bridge-builder Sean Penn — good to see a high profile Hollywood actor actually using his celebrity for good.

  2. homeyra said, on April 6, 2007 at 5:47 pm

    He seems indeed an interesting person: he comes and look for himself. I followed his coverage last year, both in Iranian and foreign press, he also met Iranians in the movie industry.

  3. Sophia said, on April 7, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    I wonder why his movie ‘all the king,s men’ went unnoticed. It was an excellent movie but it presented a cynical view of Politics and I think people want Politics to be glamorous rather than cynical.

  4. […] Forever Under Construction has published Sean Penn’s open letter about Iran and Iraq to Bush and White House. We read Iran is a great country. A great country. Does it have its haters? You bet. Just like the United States has its haters. Hamid Tehrani […]

  5. homeyra said, on April 8, 2007 at 10:05 am

    I haven’t seen this movie. Seems Syriana despite its cynical aspect was a sort of success. Maybe because it was on more recent issues. Maybe time to post about movies! 🙂

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