Iran

Noam Chomsky says the US is much more danger to world peace than Iran is: http://fpif.org/whos-the-greatest-danger-to-world-peace-hint-its-not-iran/

Noam Chomsky shares insights into Republicans and their opposition to the Iran nuclear deal: Read the article at this link: http://www.alternet.org/world/noam-chomsky-why-republican-radical-insurgency-so-panicked-about-iran-nuclear-deal?akid=13495.2186.wwiyHg&rd=1&src=newsletter1042651&t=8

Interesting, hopeful article after diplomacy between the U.S. and Iran achieved the 2015 nuclear treaty: Eric Bronner wrote, “For the first time since the overthrow of the Shah and the establishment of the Iranian Republic more than 35 years ago, the United States and Iran have talked with one another in civil tones rather than bellicose rhetoric.” The article lays out the context from history and current events. Read this interesting article at this link: http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/32723-focus-closing-the-deal-america-iran-and-the-nuclear-treaty-of-2015

The peace movement succeeded in winning the diplomatic nuclear deal with Iran on September 10, 2015: After decades of U.S. animosity toward Iran, the peace movement pushed the Administration and enough members of Congress to a diplomatic victory. Too often in the greater Middle East region, fear and ignorance push the U.S. into antagonism and violence, but in this case cooler heads prevailed in turning things toward diplomacy instead. Opponents spent millions of dollars lobbying to sabotage the agreement, but vigorous and persistent people-power prevailed over that. The facts were clearly on the side of diplomacy, and opponents relied on distortions and fear-mongering but never offered any meaningful alternative. Many nationally prominent persons with longstanding hawkish credentials publicly supported the deal, including some at this link: http://thinkprogress.org/progress-report/rants-on-iran/ Both of Washington State’s US senators – Murray and Cantwell – were undecided until finally deciding shortly before the vote that they would support the deal. Many powerful articles, statements and videos supported it. Here are a few: http://www.afsc.org/resource/iran-nuclear-deal-resource-page and http://beaseedforchange.org/2015/09/08/why-i-support-the-iran-nuclear-deal-robert-reich/ and http://ufppc.org/ufppc-statements-mainmenu-29/12191/

This article undermines the credibility of some of the deal’s prominent opponents: http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.ca/2015/07/obamas-nuclear-deal-with-iran-rare.html

The same people who pushed for invading Iraq in 2003 now want to scrap the Iran diplomacy deal: http://www.thenation.com/article/the-same-people-who-pushed-for-the-invasion-of-iraq-now-want-to-scrap-the-iran-deal/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email
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Here is a very clear article by a U.S. senator explaining why to support the deal: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/18/1412996/-The-most-incredibly-lucid-explanation-by-a-US-Senator-of-why-the-Iran-Deal-MUST-be-supported?detail=email

More than 70 experts in stopping the proliferation of nuclear weapons explain why they support the deal: http://www.lobelog.com/seventy-plus-nuclear-non-proliferation-experts-endorse-deal/

Iranian dissidents explain why they support the deal: http://www.commondreams.org /views/2015/07/24/iranian-dissidents-explain-why-they-support-nuclear-deal

This cartoon seems relevant:


In mid-August 2015 I was one of several peace persons who met with U.S. Representative Denny Heck (D-WA 10th) to discuss this matter. A day or two before that meeting he decided to support it, and he explained his reasons to us. Right before that meeting I had developed several talking points about why he should support it. (If you want them, ask me at glen@integra.net to e-mail them to you.) Here is a brief summary of what I said:

The rest of the world wants peace, but the U.S. is stuck in dysfunction. The U.S. has no moral standing to pressure Iran about nuclear weapons, given the U.S.’s long abysmal track record with nuclear weapons. Likewise, Israel – which is strongly pressuring the U.S. to reject diplomacy – also has no moral standing, given its long abysmal track record of attacking Palestine and possessing nuclear weapons without even joining the Non-Proliferation Treaty. (My “talking points” provide some supporting facts, including our overthrowing Iran’s democracy in 1953 and installing the shah as the brutal dictator.)

I also reminded Congressman Heck that Bush/Cheney used this same script (alleging without evidence that Iraq wanted nuclear weapons) as the excuse for launching the disastrous counter-productive war against Iraq in 2003. This was after the older Bush’s 1991 Gulf War had destroyed much of Iraq and the U.S.’s brutal sanctions devastated Iraq much further. In contrast, Iran is a vibrant industrially powerful nation with five times the population of Iraq. The U.S. failed after a decade of war to achieve anything good in Iraq.

Also, if not this diplomatic agreement, what is the alternative? Opponents of diplomacy have offered no viable alternative.

Iran's foreign minister calls for OTHER nuclear nations to disarm their nukes too: The one-sidedness of the Iran nuclear controversy was obvious to many people in the peace movement and in other nations, including Iran’s foreign minister. See this article: http://www.commondreams.org/ news/2015/07/31/iranian-foreign-minister-time-us-other-nuclear-powers-disarm

A local peace group debunked the myths that some people spread in order to avoid diplomacy: United for Peace of Pierce County (in Washington State) offered this smart statement, which debunked several common myths about the controversy: http://ufppc.org/ufppc-statements-mainmenu-29/12176/

Easy-to-understand information about the deal from mid-July 2015: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/03/31/world/middleeast/simple-guide-nuclear-talks-iran-us.html

Basic information about the deal from mid-July 2015: http://thinkprogress.org/world/2015/07/14/3680194/7-key-provisions-historic-deal-iran/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tptop3

Another clear article from mid-July 2015: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/iran-nuclear-deal-world-powers-reach-historic-agreement-lift-sanctions?akid=13300.2186.Nzifhn&rd=1&src=newsletter1039320&t=3

Summary of the deal, right after its mid-July 2015 signing: http://ufppc.org/us-a-world-news-mainmenu-35/12174/