Tehran's informal lobby in Washington just suffered a massive defeat in court. Rather than acknowledge this fact, its president, one Trita Parsi, sent out an extraordinary fundraising letter in which he takes perilous liberties with the truth.
In the letter, dated Dec. 31, 2012, Parsi raised the specter of a well-funded conspiracy "by a small but powerful group of prominent pro-war neoconservatives," headed by Middle East Forum (MEF) President Daniel Pipes, "to destroy NIAC [National Iranian American Council] and silence the Iranian-American voice for peace." He went on: "These elements do not want Iranian Americans to have an independent voice in the United States and they certainly don't want an effective Iranian-American voice that stands in the way of their dreams of war." Parsi claimed that the MEF-led conspiracy "spent several million dollars to silence the voice of Iranian Americans, starting with NIAC," and that the funds came "from people like Sheldon Adelson."
Mr. Parsi's letter consists of fabrications, distortions and lies: