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in the U.S. and Israel believe military action against Iran is
justified because Iran enriches uranium for its nuclear power plants and
medical uses. This enrichment activity is entirely legal under the
Treaty for the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
Nevertheless, hawks characterize this as a "nuclear weapons capability"
and insist that it must cease, or be stopped by force. The U.S. and the
world cannot afford another war.
U.S. House and Senate may already have passed a resolution (H. Res.
568, S. Res. 380) expressing the sense of Congress that if Iran acquires
a nuclear weapons capability, then "containment" options are
insufficient. Containment includes diplomacy, sanctions, deterrence, and
inspections short of war. Since some hawks in Israel and Washington
regard Iran's enrichment facilities as already "nuclear weapons capable"
this resolution ratchets up the drift toward war.
has no nuclear weapons and no program to develop them, according to
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud
Barak, and the International Atomic Energy Agency. These same experts
agree that it would take Iran more than a year to produce a nuclear
inspections of Iran's nuclear enrichment facilities by the IAEA confirm
that Iran is enriching uranium only to the levels permitted by the NPT
Treaty for electrical power generation and medical purposes.
of America's senior military personnel, including eleven retired
military generals and admirals, and two former Secretaries of Defense,
have made it clear that a war against Iran is a terrible idea. In
March, on CBS's 60 Minutes, the head of Israel's intelligence division,
Meir Dagan, said that "military action against Iran would be
catastrophic, possibly sparking a regional war involving the U.S. and
Russia." He also said, it is "the stupidest idea" he had ever heard.
language about danger from Iran is reminiscent of claims about weapons
of mass destruction made by politicians and hawks and uncritically
reported in the media prior to the 2003 war against Iraq. We all
remember Secretary of State Colin Powell's solemn warnings to the
Security Council about mobile chemical labs in Iraq, only to learn later
that these claims -- and so many others -- were based on false
testimony from unreliable sources.
media is once again reporting claims of a danger to the world (Iran)
without balanced reporting of voices against war. This is a dangerous
powder keg that can lead to a war everyone would regret. Attacking Iran
could cause gasoline prices to skyrocket, sacrifice more American
lives, and embroil the United States in another Middle East quagmire.
War would also add billions more to our national debt and plunge our
economy back into recession.
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is no basis in law or common sense for the United States to launch a
war against Iran. We must all tell elected officials: Not another
war! America needs to come home and defend America!
Mary Francis, lives in Norman, OK and is a peace activist, member of
Americans Against the Next War and The Peace House in Oklahoma City.
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