Palestinians light candles to honor the late South African leader Nelson Mandela as they mourn in Gaza City, Gaza, Dec. 8, 2013.
LEFT: Marwan Barghouti in Tel Aviv District Court on the opening day of his trial, Aug. 14, 2002; RIGHT: Nelson Mandela is released from prison, Feb. 11, 1990.
September/October 2010 Postcard
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DEAR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:
I call on the U.S. government to discourage further support of House Resolution 1553. Giving a “blank check” to Israel for any purpose, let alone for a pre-emptive war on Iran, is one of the most egregious errors the United States could make in its foreign policy.
If this resolution is not tabled, Washington will in effect be giving Israel permission to add to the list of crimes it has committed against its neighbors in occupied Palestine, Lebanon and Syria. How much
more instability are we going to help foment in the Middle East before realizing the folly of giving unconditional support to Israel?
I demand that the U.S. government work to dismiss Resolution 1553 and put an end to this dangerous cycle of violence. We can’t clean up after Israel if it launches a terrible war in Iran. The U.S. can’t wage three wars abroad and recover economically at home.
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In a televised speech from Tehran on Aug. 2, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he was ready for face-to-face talks with President Barack Obama. (AFP Photo/ Atta Kenare)
ON JULY 22, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) introduced House Resolution 1553, which was cosponsored by 46 other members of Congress. The resolution states that Israel may “use all means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
This resolution, if passed, would mean that the U.S. would be giving a “blank check” to Israel to launch a pre-emptive war against Iran, even though there is no real evidence to suggest that Iran is using its enriched uranium for the development of nuclear weapons.
How would Israel even reach its targets in Iran?
Neither Turkey nor Saudi Arabia would allow Israeli
over-flights. The route over Jordanian and Iraqi airspace would require U.S. military complicity.
Israel could not find and eliminate all nuclear development sites in Iran. Such a war would be impossible to finish without the assistance of the U.S. We could not—should not—wage a war in Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.