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May 2012 Postcard

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DEAR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

Countless polls conducted in recent months have clearly shown that Americans are tired of war. Nevertheless, indications remain that your administration has taken little action to ease tensions with Iran.

As the drumbeat for war on Iran grows louder, I urge you to separate yourself from the unregulated hyperbole that underlies the push toward war. Upon analyzing the facts—that the U.S. has occupied countries along two of Iran’s borders as recently as a few months ago, and that Israel is in possession of at least 100 nuclear weapons—it will become clear that we need to take Iran’s security concerns seriously.

In the wake of years of war, it is now truly time to resurrect the power of diplomacy. Americans want peace—what better policy could you adopt in an election year? 


DEAR SENATOR:

Countless polls conducted in recent months have clearly shown that Americans are tired of war. Nevertheless, indications remain that the U.S. has taken little action to ease tensions with Iran.

As the drumbeat for war on Iran grows louder, I urge you to separate yourself from the unregulated hyperbole that underlies the push toward war. Upon analyzing the facts—that the U.S. has occupied countries along two of Iran’s borders as recently as a few months ago, and that Israel is in possession of at least 100 nuclear weapons—it will become clear that we need to take Iran’s security concerns seriously.

In the wake of years of war, now is truly time to resurrect the power of diplomacy. Americans want peace—what better policy could you adopt in an election year? Please urge President Barack Obama and your fellow policymakers to oppose war and promote genuine diplomacy with Iran. 


DEAR REPRESENTATIVE:

Countless polls conducted in recent months have clearly shown that Americans are tired of war. Nevertheless, indications remain that the U.S. has taken little action to ease tensions with Iran.

As the drumbeat for war on Iran grows louder, I urge you to separate yourself from the unregulated hyperbole that underlies the push toward war. Upon analyzing the facts—that the U.S. has occupied countries along two of Iran’s borders as recently as a few months ago, and that Israel is in possession of at least 100 nuclear weapons—it will become clear that we need to take Iran’s security concerns seriously.

In the wake of years of war, now is truly time to resurrect the power of diplomacy. Americans want peace—what better policy could you adopt in an election year? Please urge President Barack Obama and your fellow policymakers to oppose war and promote genuine diplomacy with Iran. 


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For the past 10 years, the United States has waged two wars—resulting in the deaths of an estimated 6,200 Americans and 145,000 Iraqi and Afghan citizens. Despite the horrors caused by both wars, strong elements within the Israeli and American governments seem determined to begin a third war—this time on Iran.

Alireza Nader, senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, recently noted that Iran’s nuclear program is largely “motivated by fear,” and that American military threats only serve to “feed the regime’s anxiety.” Such statements from countless informed observers seem to be falling on deaf ears in Washington.

In order to avoid war, the U.S. must cool its hostile rhetoric toward Tehran and instead attempt to ease the legitimate concerns of the Iranians. Given the long U.S. history of intervening in Iran’s affairs—from installing the shah to supporting former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s war against Iran—it is important that Washington enter diplomatic negotiations with Iran in a humble, honest and sincere manner.

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