Local Iranian American follows father's footsteps in push for peace

WICHITA, Kan. Friday, the House passed a measure requiring the president to get congressional approval before taking military action against Iran.

Hours before the legislative action, Eyewitness News reporter Alex Flippin sat down with a local Iranian American who urged lawmakers to do just that.

During Friday's discussion with Eyewitness News, Wichitan Ashkaun Adib shared a video from 1987 showing his father, Farnoosh Adib, speaking with a Wichita reporter.

"About 32 years ago, oil rigs were attacked in the middle of the Persian Gulf and Iran and the United States almost went to war," Ashkaun says. "My father had to come and explain on local news why that's a bad idea."

With a similar situation following Iranian attacks on oil tankers in the gulf, Ashkaun finds himself in a similar position as his father 32 years ago, sharing why he believes military conflict with Iran is a bad idea.

"We're both going to lose," he says. "I have cousins that are of military age and my American military friends who are brave soldiers that have volunteered their lives that may go to a war that they don't want to be in. I don't want my American military friends going to Iran and killing my Iranian family."

Ashkaun says he worries,not just about what a war could do to his family still in Iran, but what it could do to the United States, a country he's called home since birth.

"Iran has one of the largest militaries in the world, despite what people think," he says. "This is a very large military with a lot of power at the hands of people who, frankly, should really not have this much power. That's why my family left the country to come here."

Ashkaun took his position to his elected officials in the House and Senate, telling them things need to change now for the future.

"Honestly, the president was given too much power," he says. "Anybody could take office in the next four to eight years and run into these exact same problems, and I really don't want to repeat this cycle."

Friday's House vote, he says, shows some in the position to affect change feel the same way he does and how his father felt 32 years ago.

"It's really easy to look at war when it's going on in a country very far away that you don't know anything about," Ashkaun says. "But when you've actually been there and lived there, it's much closer to home. It's very uncomfortable. It's a feeling I never thought I would feel."