2006-03-02 / Letters to the Editor

Rush to war, again

Mainstream media continues to beat the drums of war, falsely convincing the populace that Iran represents a threat to the security of the U.S. The damage has already been done as evidenced by the fact that 80 percent of the American people believe that Iran has nuclear weapons and will use them against the U.S., when in fact this is not true.

Congress further escalated the rush to war with Iran by passing a unanimous resolution condemning Iran for its failure to “live up to its nuclear nonproliferation agreements.” Once again the facts should be noticed. Iran is a member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, unlike our friends, Israel, India, and Pakistan, and has never been in violation of any provisions of the NPT. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that Iran is building a nuclear weapon, nor is there a shred of evidence that Iran is in violation of any provision of the NPT. Either the Congress is guilty of intentionally misleading the American public or they are incredibly ignorant. The U.S. and Israel have insisted they will not tolerate Iran’s acquisition, or attempted acquisition, of nuclear weapons, and both have hinted they will use nuclear weapons to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. That the U.S. and Israel are willing to use nuclear weapons to prevent someone from acquiring nuclear weapons, lacks logic. Iran is being asked to prove that they do not have something, and unless they can prove the impossible we will make war. We demanded that Iraq prove they did not have WMD, and when they found it impossible to prove, we made war on them. Dejavu?

The hypocrisy of our policy against Iran is exposed when one looks at a map of that part of the world. The U.S. and Israel insist Iran cannot have a nuclear weapon but Israel, Pakistan, and India all have nuclear weapons and all have refused to join the NPT treaty. While every aspect of Iran’s nuclear program is monitored by human eyes and electronic surveillance, no one is allowed in any way to monitor Israel, Pakistan, and India. So here we have Iran surrounded by hostile nuclear powers and further contained and threatened by 150,000 U.S. forces and bases in neighboring Iraq, combined with U.S. military bases in the surrounding nations of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Kuwait. Iran is encircled by American military power and to suggest that Iran is a military threat to the U.S. defies logic, yet we will soon make war on that country for that reason.

U.S. foreign policy has been hijacked by a group that does not have the interests of the American people at heart. They have their own agenda, which is not good for you, your family, or the U.S. public. A war with Iran will have cataclysmic effects and may lead to WW III.

War will come not because it is a good thing for the American people. War will come because powerful people are driving U.S. policy and I beg Jamestowners to become engaged; as we will be the victims of those driving for war. Study those who call for war, and ask who these people are, and what is their agenda? As we were led blindly down a path of war with Iraq, we are now being led to the next war with Iran, to be followed by the next war with Syria, and the next with Saudi Arabia.

I fear my plea will fall on deaf ears as the war propaganda is already deeply rooted. However, I make my plea and consider it my civic duty as a citizen of this democracy.

Joseph Clifford,


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