On Iran


I have had my fill of war. I have had my fill of people who have never served in the military pound the drum for war only to send our sons and daughters to fight wars of aggression, that they are too cowardly to authorize. I have had my fill of politicians who, seemingly have never read a history book, stand before the electorate and purport to have the solution to the Middle East. I have had my fill of our tax dollars, and the billions borrowed in our name and our children’s name, being directed to members of the military industrial complex to enrich their coffers. I have had my fill of willful ignorance on the part of the voting public who rely on the biased “news” shows to inform them as to whom to vote for and how to think.   In the same vein, I have had my fill of “news” anchors and pundits, so ignorant of history,that they are unable to challenge or to pose an intelligent follow-up question when a politician’s answer is little more than a rehersed talking point.

On July 14, 2015, an agreement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and the P5+1 and EU, was announced. Then our leaders in Washington decided that they needed to weigh in and vote whether, indeed, the United States would participate after all. The rhetoric is as stunning as the ignorance that informs it.  Many have come out to denounce it without ever having read it. Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu is allowed to address a joint session of Congress and rail against the agreement, sowing fear here and silencing his critics at home.

An important vote is coming up on this agreement and there are many people who do not want to see it passed. Among them, architects of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

From TomDispatch, posted by David Bromwich:

“The danger of playing favorites in the world of nations, with a partiality that knows no limits, was a main topic of George Washington’s great Farewell Address. “Permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded,” said Washington, because

“a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification.”

As a nation we must not become further enmeshed in the unending war in the Middle East. We must not let Israel dictate our foreign policy. We must not send our military men and women back into a part of the world that has known only conflict for millenia  and without this agreement it becomes a more distinct possibility.

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2 thoughts on “On Iran

  1. I agree with your assessment completely and am also tired of the ignorance that propels the strange desire for war among our populace. Sadly, I fear, that nothing can or will be done about it. You mention Washington’s farewell address and it brings to mind Eisenhower ‘s farewell address and his admonition to Kennedy regards the dangers of the military industrial complex. As predicted by Ike, it has become so entrenched that dismantling it would require nothing short of revolution.
    Revolution requires vision, commitment, sacrifice, and fearlessness….none of which are descriptive of American society today.

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  2. I don’t know if you have read any of Chris Hedges work but he holds the same opinion, that nothing short of revolution can right the ship. Members of both parties are owned by the corporations and with the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision the effect on our elections is plain to see. The next most toxic influence comes from lobbyists. AIPAC, which should be registered as a foreign agent, has far too much influence over how our congressional representatives and senators vote.
    Polls taken in the U.S. regarding ratification of this agreement shows overwhelming support from the Jewish community, similarly, polls in Israel show strong support from the intelligence community and former government officials no longer muzzled by Mr. Netanyahu.

    It seems to me that ever since September 11, our country has operated under a cloud of fear. Fear of another attack, fear of Islam, fear of appearing weak if we choose diplomacy and compromise over confrontation. When people are fearful they can be manipulated. I remember when there was nuclear parity between the Soviet Union and the United States of America, when mutually assured destruction was a distinct possibility. Yet, cool heads prevailed, détente was reached, and we did not have to reach for the red button.

    I don’t know if people recall that only a few short years ago the Iranian people attempted a Green Revolution. I can remember watching a Youtube video which consisted of a young women reciting a poem in front of window opened to the dark skies in Tehran, while in the background one could hear people calling to each other, through the night, Allah o Akbar. I remember tears rolling down my face because I was listening to people yearning to breathe free. Those people are still there. They do not want war.

    Search for this youtube video. It is still powerful.
    Poem for the Rooftops of Iran: “Where is this Place” – June 19th, 2009


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