Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Other People's Mail

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Other People's Mail

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Let Peace with Iran Grow

To The Sacramento Bee, April 6, 2015

Re "Iran nuclear deal reached": Opponents of the nuclear agreement with Iran should consider two old quotations.

"They have a right to censure, that have a heart to help: The rest is cruelty, not justice." (William Penn, 1644-1718)

"Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful." (Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900)

The agreement can grow peace in one part of our violent world. Let's not destroy it before it blooms.

Jim Eychaner, Carmichael, CA

A Fable Fitting for Iran

To The Wichita Eagle, April 7, 2015

Remember the fable about an evil king who demanded his dog be taught to talk? He would execute one man every day until someone could work this miracle. A brave man came forward and claimed he could do it, but it would take a year. The evil king granted him a year.

People asked the man how he planned to accomplish this impossible task. He replied: "Within a year, many things could happen. I may die. The dog may die. The king may die. Or-the dog may talk."

Any nuclear deal with Iran backed by President Obama will naturally be met with criticism from Republicans who say it's a "bad deal" without offering an alternative. The status quo is good enough. They don't seem to realize that during the next decade, when Iran scales back its nuclear enrichment to an acceptable level and agrees to inspections, much additional progress will also be made.

The Iranians will get relief from crippling economic sanctions, be able to participate in the world economy, and communicate more freely with the West. Because of that, they will see that the democracy they once had is again within reach. In other words, the dog may talk.

Laura Brown, Wichita, KS

The Effect of U.S., Israeli Wars

To the Asbury Park Press, April 1, 2015

Before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and the uprisings in Syria and Egypt, there was no ISIS. Before Israel's invasion of Lebanon there was no Hezbollah, and before Israel's 1967 war and continued occupation there was no Hamas.

There are consequences that come with invading, occupying and oppressing a population of people. With time, resisters rise up and fight back any way necessary.

Should radical responses to invasion really surprise anyone? With Iraq, pro-Israel hawks in the Bush administration and AIPAC pushed for this invasion, and our puppet Congress happily climbed on board. Many in the U.S. have never heard of the Downing Street Memo-proof that information on Iraq was false and the war pre-planned.

The now defunct think tank, Project for the New American Century, had a list of signatories that reads like the Who's Who of the Bush administration and includes Jeb Bush. Their policy involved destabilizing, then reshaping, the Middle East.

Israel benefits here by becoming the regional superpower, armed with nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, but how dare any other country that thinks about going nuclear.

Israel has the longest-running conflict and occupation in [modern] history. This country snubs international law, defies more than 70 U.N. Security Council resolutions, and ignores decades of U.S. requests to stop taking Palestinian land. Israel listens to no one, and continues its aggression toward the Palestinians. The Israeli government gave up opportunities for security a long time ago, because land is more important than peace.

Cheryl Quigley, Toms River, NJ

Is the U.S. an Honest Broker?

To the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, April 14, 2015

For the last 20 years, the U.S. solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict has been the establishment of two states side-by-side, Israel and Palestine. Over and over it's been claimed that Israel has had "no partner for peace," that the Palestinians were the obstacle to this vision. Inexplicably, Palestinians were required to "recognize Israel's right to exist" although it was Palestine that, in fact, didn't exist. …

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