Documents, Letter Reveal Dual U.S.-Turkish Citizen Allegedly Used Cash to Skirt U.S. Sanctions on Iran

A number of dual United States citizens have skirted U.S. sanctions on Iran, to the benefit of the Islamic Republic’s recently-sanctioned Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). While several of these cases have been brought to light recently, there are still many others that have potentially been overlooked by the United States Treasury Department.

These individuals and companies have illegally bypassed sanctions through wholesale methods or by opening businesses in countries not listed on the U.S. Treasury Department’s sanctions list to conduct business with Iran. However, the Treasury Department’s sanctions apply to U.S. citizens and U.S. residents, all defined as “U.S. persons” under the law.

For example, in February, the Department of Justice charged multiple dual U.S. persons and a foreign airline with attempting to skirt federal anti-terror restrictions by illegally shipping aircraft parts to Syria, where Iran has a substantial presence. These parts have dual military and civilian uses.

In October, three dual U.S.-citizens pleaded guilty in a Miami, Florida federal court to conspiring to defraud the U.S. and to illegally exporting dual-use military parts to Syrian Arab Airlines; a government-run airline that the Treasury Department says is “blocked by OFAC for transporting weapons and ammunition to Syria in conjunction with Hezbollah, a terrorist organization, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).”

There is also an ongoing probe and lawsuit into an Iranian-born Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab for “conspiring to use the U.S. financial system to conduct hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of transactions on behalf of the government of Iran and other Iranian entities, which were barred by United States sanctions.” Also charged in the same case is Hakan Atilla who is the deputy manager of a Turkish state-owned bank named Halkbank.

However, one dual United States-Turkish citizen could potentially be in violation of U.S. sanctions law for allegedly skirting U.S. sanctions on Iran by paying the Iranian regime with cash while he was the owner of a privately-held, Turkey-based jet company.

Exclusive documents and a hand-written testimony indicate that Dr. Yalcin Ayasli, the former owner of Turkey-based Borajet, which has offices in Iran, allegedly paid cash to the Iranian regime, thus violating U.S. sanctions which prevent said transactions from taking place as a result of the Iran nuclear deal.

Ayasli was living in Massachusetts for over 25 years before moving to New Hampshire, where he has lived for the last decade. In his own words, Ayasli said he has “lived in the U.S. for over 40 years.”

U.S. law prohibits American citizens located anywhere in the world, from conducting business with or trade with Iranian companies. The Treasury Department notes that “both an Iranian citizen who is a permanent resident alien of the United States and an individual who is a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen meet the definition of a U.S. person set forth in section 560.314 of the ITSR, regardless of where in the world they are located.” Treasury Department sanctions apply to both U.S. citizens and U.S. residents, all defined as “U.S. persons” under the law.

There are also questions as to whether Borajet, which also had offices in Iran, transported IRGC fighters which is a common practice for other Iranian airlines.

In 2016, a Turkish company, SBK Holding acquired Borajet for $260 million. The airline had 10 small airliners and at least two other jets for its charter business. In April, just before the opening of the new airport in Istanbul, it suspended operations

However, documents acquired exclusively indicate Dr. Ayasli’s company allegedly paid Iran in cash during the years he owned the corporation.

On the first page of a 36-page document, dated from 2013, a line reads, “$20,000 USD is delivered by Borajet aviation transportation aircraft maintenance and commerce corporation to Ali Cemal Arslan.”

There are three signatures on the page. The first is from the person giving the money (Onder OLGE), the second signature belongs to the receiving party (Ali Cemal Arslan), and the third signature is from the person approving the transaction (Kadir Peker); who was Borajet’s general manager before the sale of the company.

The document is written in both Turkish and Persian (or Farsi).

Another page from that same document includes a hand-written note that reads, “From myself, $5,000 USD is given to Mr. Ali Shams and $5,000 to Valeh Alizadeh.” Both these names are Iranian.

On the third page of said document, another handwritten note states the funds were used to pay for “Iran per diem”, meaning an allowance for a trip to Iran.

The document also lists conditions or terms of the transaction. It states, “The Representative is responsible for ensuring the smooth and uninterrupted service of Borajet Flight, including the designation of the required flight permits on the Iranian side, the designation of the hours of trial work, the designation of top travel permits, contracts for all round trips, airports.”

It also notes that, “Borajet will instantly notify the representative of any touristic transportation, passenger, cargo, ticket reservation and sales, airplane rental, etc. that will come from the Iran airport” and states that “each ticket, cargo, airplane sales, etc. that is collected from the representative shall be transferred to the Borajet account within three business days.”

The letter is signed by Kadir Peker, Borajet’s general manager. It is addressed to Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization and the Iran Ministry of Road and Transportation.

A hand-written statement letter from Peker to a Turkish court was provided to the prosecutor during the court case involving Dr. Ayasli. Peker’s letter was taken as a testimony against Dr. Ayasli.unnamed.jpg

The letter of testimony from Peker indicates Borajet was operating in cash in Iran to evade U.S. sanctions.

Part of Peker’s letter reads, “In the files against me by Borajet at the bankruptcy court, the source of the debt is shown as the money withdrawn from the company as an advanced payment to me. However, the money was really for the purpose of these expenses we listed but due to the embargo, they listed me as the payee (receiver).” Peker goes on to note, “in reality, the money is a payment for the office in Iran, and the company’s establishment [in Tehran] and the people making the connections.” He wrote, “All these payments are made by the instructions of the board member in charge of finance. Zahideh, and Yalcin Ayasli were aware of these payments.” He also stated that he does not owe money to anyone and kindly requested his testimony to be accepted as a petition in proceeding with the case.

Although Peker’s letter does not specifically mention cash, it says “in hand” which is known to mean “cash” in Turkish business transactions.

It further states that due to the American capital or money in the company, they had to pay cash, indicating their intention to conceal the transactions.

It is not uncommon for dual United States citizens to dance with the targets of U.S. sanctions, to the benefit of the Islamic Republic’s recently-sanctioned Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The letter was written because Borajet declared bankruptcy in court and because of the SBK Holdings group filed a lawsuit against Borajet’s previous owners.

On page four of a 17-page document, Peker addresses a typed letter to Mr. Mohsen Goharkhah listing him as the “mandate to negotiate and collect offers for Iran Civil Aviation Organization.” The letter is dated August 14, 2012.

The Turkish-focused news outlet Turkish-American News posted a response to its article “How Did Borajet’s Previous Owner Yalcin Ayasli Bypass Iran Sanctions?” on Sept. 12The outlet also posted a letter to the editor by Dr. Ayasli on Sept. 18:

First of all, contrary to the allegations made in the article, BoraJet was not founded in the United States. It happens to be a Turkish company established in Turkey and is a part of the $400 million investment that I, as a Turkish citizen, have made in Turkey. Furthermore, the allegations in the article about BoraJet establishing a company in Iran and flying to Iran concern the years 2012-2013, when I was not on the BoraJet board, contrary to what is reported.

According to sources familiar with the case, Dr. Ayasli has not showed up to the Turkish court that summoned him, breaking both Turkish law and U.S. law in the process. 

His case is likely one of several others that will soon be brought to the Treasury Department’s attention.


Democrat Group Pulls Anti-GOP Pickup Truck Ad After Terrorist Uses Pickup Truck to Kill People in New York

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Just one day after the Democratic Latino Victory Fund released an anti-GOP ad featuring a man driving a pickup truck, with a Confederate flag and bumper sticker supporting Republican governor hopeful Ed Gillespie, chasing down a group of minority children, an immigrant from Uzbekistan plowed a rented pickup truck into a group of patrons, killing eight people and seriously wounding 11 others, including children.

Sayfullo Saipov, who legally entered the United States in 2010 under the “Chuck Schumer beauty” Diversity Immigrant Visa program from Uzbekistan, shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he drove into the crowd of innocents.

The Latino Victory Fund pulled their ad after the terrorist attack. But the damage was already done.

The ad was meant to paint the Republican party, and its supporters, as racist, anti-immigrant bigots whose immigration policies translate into disdain for minority children. The pickup truck touch appeared to be an attack on “rednecks.”

It was released just one week prior to the highly-anticipated November seventh Virginia gubernatorial elections.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie’s campaign decried the Latino Victory Fund’s ad as “disgusting” and an “attack on the people of Virginia.”

On Wednesday, President Trump pointed out over Twitter that the Diversity Immigrant Visa program was introduced in part by then-Rep. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in 1990. On Thursday, he called for its termination and said it was “a disaster for our country.”

Instead, Trump wants merit-based immigration; immigration that would reward points to applicants based on education, high-paying job offers, their past achievements, and their proficiency in English.

Democrat Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who is running against Gillespie in Tuesday’s gubernatorial election, did not disavow the Latino Victory Fund’s attack ad on Gillespie and Trump supporters. In fact, he even approved of a Democratic mailer that sought to link Gillespie to white nationalists who marched in Charlottesville. Gillepsie repeatedly condemned white supremacism. In return, Republicans blasted Northam and accused him of exploiting the violence, that resulted in one death, for personal political gain.

The left-leaning Washington Post editorial board, which endorsed Northam, also slammed the Latino Victory Fund’s ad saying it “was vile” and had “no place” in the Virginia governor’s race. “Among other faults, it glossed over the fact that Mr. Gillespie condemned the white-supremacist violence in Charlottesville far more directly than did President Trump,” they wrote.

On November 7, the people of Virginia will decide who they believe better represents their values.

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Iranian Official Warns Saudi Arabia: ‘The Moment We are Provoked, We Will Obliterate’ You

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A high-ranking Iranian official issued a stern warning to Saudi Arabia, letting them know that if Iran is provoked by the Sunni Kingdom, they will “obliterate” them.

“Please realize that we are people who control our anger,” Mohsen Rezaee, the secretary of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council and a former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said in a July interview on a state-run TV network that was posted on the Internet. “It takes a lot to make us angry. But the moment we are provoked, we will obliterate Saudi Arabia. We will not allow insecurities to continue.”

Rezaee added, “Therefore, we have told all our friends and supporters, such as Hezbollah to cool down and, for the time being, not to do anything against Saudi Arabia.” He said the Iranian regime has told their “supporters from Saudi Arabia to Yemen and many other places … to keep quiet for now.”

However, Rezaee predicted that a confrontation between both nations will likely occur. “But our prediction is that the path that Saudi Arabia has begun on is a harsh and painful path which may lead to a limited conflict. For example, Saudi will probably attack somewhere that will encourage us to respond.”

Saudi-Iran relations have deteriorated significantly, with each country supporting opposite sides in the conflicts in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. Both countries have accused each other of destabilizing security in the region.

“If we face Saudi Arabia and even if they beg us to leave them alone, we will not leave them alone.”

Asked by the interviewer if he has ever warned Saudi Arabia, Rezai said, “Yes. My interview is a warning to them.”

The IRGC accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the Islamic State attack on Iran’s Parliament and shrine of the leader of the Iranian revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on June 7. The Islamic State officially took responsibility for the attack which left 17 dead and dozens wounded.

Syria, in particular, has been a point of contention between both countries. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is backed by the Iranian regime and the nation has no formal diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia.

Last month, during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Assad’s government slammed Saudi Arabia for “politicizing” the pilgrimage and blocking Syrians from visiting the holy city. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani responded by saying Saudi Arabia “should stop backing terrorists” in Yemen and Syria.

Last week, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir reportedly said Iran’s talk of a possible rapprochement with the kingdom was “laughable” after Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Islamic Republic would soon exchange diplomatic visits with Saudi Arabia.

“The comments of the foreign minister are laughable,” al-Jubeir said, according to Reuters. “If Iran wants to have good relations with Saudi Arabia, it has to change its policies. It has to respect international law.” He added, “at this time, we do not see… that they’re serious about wanting to be a good neighbor.”

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Bernie Sanders ‘Sickened’ That Man Who Shot Scalise Volunteered for His Presidential Campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said, in prepared remarks delivered on the House floor, that he was “sickened” that the man who shot Rep. Steve Scalise (R-AL), and wounded four others, volunteered for his presidential campaign in Iowa.

Sanders condemned the shooting carried out by James T. Hodgkinson, 66:

I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign. I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in or society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs counter to our most deeply held American values.

I know I speak for the entire country in saying that my hopes and prayers are that Representative Scalise, congressional staff and the Capitol Police Officers who were wounded, make a quick and full recovery. I also want to thank the Capitol Police for their heroic actions to prevent further harm.

According to Politico, Sanders aides would not allow reporters to question the senator. Instead, they handed out the prepared statement Sanders read on the House floor.

Hodgkinson, who was neutralized by Capitol Hill Police, was a member of many left-wing, anti-Republican groups, including “Terminate The Republican Party.” Breitbart News also reported that other groups he was part of include:

Hodgkinson wrote several to his local paper, the Belleville News Democrat, criticizing Republicans, tax policy, and income inequality.

Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) told a reporter that Hodgkinson “was there to kill as many Republican members as possible.”

In addition to Scalise, Zachary Barth, Matt Mika, Special Agent David Bailey, and Special Agent Crystal Griner were also shot.

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Sharia-Advocate Linda Sarsour Asks CUNY Graduates to ‘Embody Courage and Selflessness’ of Men Who Died Saving Muslim Teen

NEW YORK, NY — Leftist Sharia advocate Linda Sarsour asked the graduating class of the CUNY School of Public Health if they were “ready to embody the courage and selflessness” of three men who were stabbed to save a Muslim teenager and her friend from a man who was harassing them in Portland last month, during her commencement speech at the historic Harlem Theater.

“Taliesin [Myrddin Namkai Meche], Ricky [Best] and Micah [Fletcher] were strangers to one another,” Sarsour said. “In a matter of mere minutes, they made separate decisions to go from bystanders to heroes, to defend one African-American young woman student and her Muslim friend wearing [a] hijab as they were being aggressively harassed by a man on a train in Portland. Taliesin and Ricky lost their lives, but their courage will live on forever and has restored a small, empty place in my heart.”

She asked the audience, “Are we all ready to embody the courage and selflessness of Taliesin and Ricky and Micah? I am here tonight during the holy month of Ramadan,” Sarsour said. “This is a month of contemplation and reflection, increase in spirituality, closeness to God and charity.” She added, “We in this room must commit to never being a bystander to poverty, lack of jobs and health care, sexism and violence, discrimination, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and homophobia. We will stand up, we will speak truth to power no matter what the consequences.”

Sarsour’s invitation to speak at the CUNY commencement was not without controversy. Jewish groups, Democrats and Republicans alike called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to bar Sarsour from speaking due to her support for and involvement with the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. She was one of the leaders of the Women’s March against President Donald Trump in Washington the day after his inauguration.

Instead of saying “as-salamu alaykum,” Sarsour opened up her speech by uttering the English translation of the Arabic greeting. “May peace and blessings be upon you all,” she told the audience. After giving “a huge shoutout to the graduating Class of 2017,” Sarsour said, “We made it! I made it here, and you already know it’s been a more than a eventful experience for me, and I’m still standing and still unapologetically Muslim-American, Palestinian-American and from Brooklyn, New York!”

She said, “I’m from Brooklyn, and I came here to tell it like it is. We live in difficult and uncertain times. And tonight, I use my platform to honor three men and to hold them up as beacons of life for all of us.”

According to the New York Post, approximately a group of demonstrators protested Sarsour outside of the CUNY graduation ceremony.

Rory Lancman, a leading New York City Democrat from Queens, previously called on his fellow progressives to recognize Sarsour as a bigot. “I want to emphasize that Linda’s statements on social media and at rallies are Linda’s– she owns them,” Lancman told the Algemeiner. “They have a history of antisemitism, of anti-Zionism – if you can believe that is something someone would still traffic in, in 2017 – and of hostility and threats towards people who disagree with her.”

New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) created a video asking Sarsour to explain her “support for terrorism on many different occasions. That’s the question that all of us have that we don’t understand,” he said inviting her to publicly address this. Sarsour never did.

Sarsour also stated that she was “honored and privileged” to share the stage with convicted Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Odeh who was recently deported from the United States for lying about past conviction, as a result of her involvement in the murder of two Israelis, on her immigration papers.

Morton Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America, addressed a letter to Cuomo expressing his “shock and horror” that Sarsour was tapped by CUNY’s Graduate School of Public Health & Public Policy as their commencement speaker, and had urged him to cancel her appearance at the taxpayer-funded university.

“Sarsour is a bigot and a divider,” Klein wrote. “It disgraces the state and city of New York for a taxpayer-funded university to confer this honor on her.” He pointed out that “Sarsour’s values conflict with American values.”

Despite this, and other incidents, on Wednesday, over 100 leftist Jewish individuals and organizations signed a letter, published on Medium, supporting the social justice warrior and condemning attacks against her.

“We will not stand by as Sarsour is falsely maligned, harassed and smeared, as she, her organization and her family suffer vicious public threats and intimidation, ” part of the letter reads. “We unequivocally oppose these assaults against her, and publicly state our commitment to working alongside her for a more just and equal society.”

The letter also reads, “We may not agree with Sarsour on all matters. We do not offer our stamp of approval to every tweet or message she has ever posted.”

Sarsour has tweeted that “nothing is creepier than Zionism,” has suggested that ” and said that Zionism and feminism are not compatible. She also tweeted that anti-Islamist writers Brigitte Gabriel and Ayaan Hirsi Ali deserve an “a$$ whipping” and that she wishes she could have their “vaginas taken away” for their opposition to Sharia law, which she supports.

Signatories to the letter include J Street’s Jeremy Ben-Ami, the National Council of Jewish Women’s Nancy Kaufman, T’ruah’s Rabbi Jill Jacobs, HIAS’s Mark Hetfield, Rabbis from Congregation B’nai Jeshurun (a reform synagogue in New York), playwright Tony Kushner, and New York City Council member Brad Lander.

Sarsour later added in his speech, “I love my country. It gave my Palestinian immigrant parents who lived under military occupation the opportunities to give me and my siblings a better life; and I am forever grateful,” she said referring to Israel in the way the left often does. Quoting Malcolm X, she said, “Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.”

She completed her talk by reading a quote attributed to an Aboriginal woman named Lilla Watson. “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

Iran’s Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi: Civil Disobedience for a Free Iran

BEVERLY HILLS — In an interview with Breitbart News on Monday, Iran’s exiled Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi called for greater American and international support for Iran’s freedom-craving people.

The crown prince is the son of Iran’s last king, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. He is the president of the National Council for Free Elections in Iran.

“We realize that the current regime is not going to voluntarily leave the scene, which is why we have put together a campaign of resistance and civil disobedience,” Pahlavi told Breitbart News. “And that’s why we’ve been in contact with a variety of secularists within Iran representing all sorts of views from workers to teachers to labor unions” to other organizations.


Adelle Nazarian of Breitbart News interviews Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi. (Photo: Adelle Nazarian for Breitbart News)

Over half of Iran’s population is under the age of 40. The crown prince noted that the advent of social media and technology is a priceless tool in the quest for freedom. “And fortunately in this world of social media and Internet communication most of the give and take happens by means that were not available 20 years ago,” he said.

Pahlavi recently penned a letter to President Donald Trump congratulating him on his victory. Asked how he views Trump and his administration with regard to U.S.-Iran relations, he said, “I think the current president has indicated that he wants to be much more in support of strengthening the people’s hand and, at the same time, weakening the regime. And I think that’s exactly what we were hoping to hear.”

He said this rhetoric and support “should not be limited to the U.S,” adding that he’s “always advocated that the empowerment of any people is always the best solution at the end, especially when they have to fight very oppressive regimes. So, engaging with the people, helping civil society in these countries, is the quickest path to maximizing the success of such nations to overcome whatever struggle they are facing.”

Iran’s former  recently died. The businessman had a checkered political past and was considered the father of Iran’s nuclear program. While some within the regime described his as a “man of peace,” he was better remembered by many of the Iranian people as an oppressor and for having orchestrated several international terrorist atrocities.

The crown prince also commented on the recent death of Iran’s former president, Hashami Rafsanjani, who was described in the media as a “man of peace” but who was the father of Iran’s nuclear program, as well as an oppressive ruler. Pahlavi compared Rafsanjani’s death to the passing of Cuba’s late dictator Fidel Castro: “It’s not the same anymore, no matter how many more junior cadres remain. And in that sense, more of a void will be created.” He noted the importance of making sure that “the void is filled with the proper alternative. That’s something everyone should be concerned with.”

Earlier Monday evening, Pahlavi addressed a private audience and urged “civil disobedience by means of non-violence.”

Reza Pahlavi (middle) receiving key to the city from current Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch (right) and former mayor Lili Bosse (left). (Photo: Adelle Nazarian for Breitbart News)

Although he did not mention President Barack Obama by name, the crown prince said, “When you fight extremely brutal regimes, such movements cannot succeed without having tacit support from other freedom-loving countries and governments.” His words evoked memories of the failure of the Obama administration to provide much-needed support to the ailing Iranian people during the 2009 Green Revolution and the stolen election that fueled it.

With Rafsanjani’s death, however, the crown prince noted that “the regime is pretty much beginning to show indications of fragmentation, going eventually towards their collapse.” He noted “the importance of making sure that the path to the alternative is as smooth as possible and that complete measures are taken to make sure that a dictatorship will not be replaced by another one. And that, indeed, it is the people who will triumph and nobody else.”

Asked if the crown prince would consider taking on an elected or lineal leadership role in his country of birth, and the land where his father reigned as its last king, Pahlavi said:

I’ve always said this is not about me. It’s about the Iranian people and their opportunity to finally get self-determination and freedom. That’s my only objective at this point. And the day that we have free elections will be the day I will consider my political mission in life accomplished. From that day on, I cannot tell you now what the circumstances will be. I’ve always said that I’m ready to serve my country, in whatever capacity that my constituents choose.

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(This article was originally written published on Breitbart News)

9/11: I Was Sitting in History Class the Day the World Stood Still

14316998_943458459719_7529318405299079198_nI was in history class the day the world stood still. I witnessed, on television, the destructive moments that would mark the start of an incessant war against Western civilization, an attack on the freedoms we had all come to know.

My teacher had postponed the day’s lesson in favor of this crisis of international proportions. As I witnessed the emblazoned images on the TV screen, which was hanging in the upper-left corner of our classroom, I recalled thinking to myself “this must be a dream.”

It was not.

At least seven people from my hometown of Livingston, New Jersey, perished in that terrorist attack. It was the first time in my life that I had felt sorrow, anger and determination simultaneously.

Fear was not an option.

I knew I was living through history. I also realized that I had received a brazen introduction to an enemy that would become more familiar than I’d ever hoped for.

Something awakened in me that day. While I was born in America and identify as an American of Persian ethnicity, I felt a renewed sense of pride and obligation to this nation and our allies throughout the world who uphold the values that make this country so great.

Over the coming years, I would equally yearn to find a way to help those living under the oppressive nature of hatred and fear to rise up and embrace the concept that they, too, could experience the same liberties and freedoms that every human being should be granted.

The Manhattan skyline I had grown up with would never be the same. Those two great pillars were physically gone. But the force that had been created in their absence continues to remind me of why we fight for our freedoms. It is often said that in someone’s absence, we learn to appreciate them.

September 11 is a constant reminder for us to appreciate and hold on to those 12 great pillars granted to us by our founding fathers in the U.S. Constitution: National sovereignty, natural law, self-evident truth, equality, inalienable rights, the inalienable right to life, the inalienable right to liberty, the inalienable right to private property, the primary purpose of government being subscribed as the protection of these inalienable rights, popular sovereignty, federalism and states’ rights and Divine Providence.

Never forget: No nation on earth was born great. It was made great. America is no exception. And it is precisely that humble thinking that makes us exceptional.

-Adelle M. Nazarian

(This post was originally published in Breitbart News:…/2…/09/11/breitbart-remembers-911/)