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The obvious question becomes: Why wouldn 't Iran want nuclear weapons?

• "From Iran 's perspective, it is surrounded by an aggressive, unpredictable United States that is willing to lie to its own people to make war in Iran 's front yard. " --according to Richard Clarke, former head of counterterrorism in the Bush Administration, TomPaine.com, 1/30/06

• "Obviously, we don 't want Iran to have nuclear weapons and I don 't know if they 're developing them, but if they 're not developing them, they 're crazy. " --Martin van Creveld, one of Israel 's leading military historians, quoted in The New Statesman, 2/13/06

Now suppose: 5 or 10 years from now, Iran did manage to build a nuclear weapon. What could they do with it? Do you think they would launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (which they don 't have) at the U.S., which happens to have thousands of nuclear weapons ready to annihilate any attacker at a moment 's notice? Or would they choose to attack Israel with their nuclear weapon, knowing that Israel also has nuclear weapons, and knowing what Israel does when someone attacks them? If Iran attacked Israel with a nuclear weapon; Israel would level Iran 's cities, destroy their oil production facilities, burn their crops, salt their land, poison their wells, and kill their dog. Israel does not need our protection.

So, the question is not whether we should attack Iran or not. The question is how can we stop the Bush Administration before it starts its third war in 4 years. It will not be easy. George W. Bush has made it clear that he considers himself to be above the law and answerable to no one.

It is up to Congress to let Mr. Bush know that his war-starting days are over. The U.S. Constitution gives the power to declare war to Congress--not the President. Now is the time to contact your Senators and Representatives and demand they reassert their Constitutional powers to check an out-of-control War President.
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Please act now! Call Congress, write letters, march in the streets. Time is running out. After the bombs start falling, it will be too late--again.
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Mick Youther is an American citizen, an independent voter, a veteran, a parent, a Christian, a scientist, a writer, and all-around nice guy who has been aroused from a comfortable apathy by the high crimes and misdemeanors of the Bush Administration.

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