Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Overcome 'Enemy' View of Iran, Says Pax Christi Official

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Overcome 'Enemy' View of Iran, Says Pax Christi Official

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Americans have to overcome a negative stereotype of Iran so that they can better assess Bush administration claims that the Muslim nation is planning to build nuclear weapons, said Dave Robinson, executive director of the peace organization Pax Christi USA.

"Enemy imaging dominates the U.S. media," he said. This makes Americans "easy targets" for accepting a U.S. "preventive war" against Iran rather than a negotiated solution, he said.

"I have no idea if Iran has or not plans to make nuclear weapons," said Robinson. But the United States is promoting a fear that plans exist rather than saying it has evidence of a nuclear weapons program, he said.

Robinson was interviewed June 2 by Catholic News Service after returning from a 12-day trip to Iran in May. He was part of a 25-member delegation of mostly U.S. peace activists organized by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, an international interfaith peace movement.

Robinson said that during a two-and-a-half-hour meeting with the delegation, one of Iran's vice presidents, Esfandiar Rahim Mashari, categorically denied that Iran intends to develop nuclear weapons.

U.S. officials have expressed worry that Iranian plans to enrich uranium are a first step to developing nuclear weapons. National Intelligence Director John Negroponte told the British Broadcasting Corp. June 2 that his agency estimates that Iran "might be in a position to have a nuclear weapon" four to 10 years from now. …

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