"He opened the second seal...another horse, fiery red, went out... it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another...." (Rev. 6:3)
The “next big thing” in the news may well be war with Iran. Few want it, many warn against it and many more will suffer if it comes to pass. How can we forestall it? (NB: see Post #1 and go from there; see bottom of page.)
"War is the unfolding of miscalculations." (Barbara Tuchman)
Monday, October 29, 2012
Post #367 - Iranian-American Sentiments
This givesthe resultsof a recent survey done among the membership of the National Iranian American Council. It shows that even among most of those in the diaspora who oppose the current regime in Tehran, outside intervention is rejected as a viable way to support progress in Iran:
NIAC Member Survey Shows Growing
Concern about War and Sanctions Thursday, October 18, 2012 By:
Nobar Elmi - News
Over the last decade, the National
Iranian American Council (NIAC) has been steadily growing in size,
strength and political influence. With approximately 4,000
dues-paying members and 43,000 supporters who subscribe to our emails
and attend our events, NIAC is the largest Iranian-American
grassroots organization. I'd like to emphasize the word "grassroots."
Why? Well, because this word means a lot to me personally and to the
organization as a whole.
To put it simply, NIAC could not
exist without the support and guidance of our grassroots membership.
Not only do they write and/or call in to regularly offer feedback and
suggestions, but their financial support provides approximately 70%
of our operating budget.
Perhaps what is most valuable is our
members' role in shaping our agenda on an annual basis. They do this
by participating in our members-only survey. The results help
us determine how best to focus our efforts and resources as well as
how to prioritize our policy positions. And, the results of this
year's survey are clear.
Concern about war with Iran has only
intensified since our last member survey, and our members
overwhelmingly chose to keep preventing war as NIAC’s top
priority. Concern about sanctions aimed at the entire Iranian
population has also grown, with the issue rising to the second
priority. NIAC members made supporting human rights in Iran,
supporting the civil rights of Iranian Americans, and promoting
Iranian cultural heritage the third, fourth, and fifth priorities,
Here’s more on the issues:
NIAC members emphatically selected preventing war and promoting a
peaceful solution to the US-Iran conflict NIAC’s top priority. 74%
made it their top priority, and 15% made it their second highest
priority. Asked to rank their priorities 1 through 5, preventing war
averaged 1.4, with 1.0 being the highest possible number.
Opposing Broad Economic
Sanctions: NIAC members made opposing broad economic
sanctions that hurt the Iranian people their second priority, with an
average rank of 2.5. 86% of NIAC members “oppose sanctions aimed at
Iran’s entire economy,” while only 7% disagreed with this
Supporting Human Rights:
Supporting human rights in Iran was ranked as the third highest
priority with an average ranking of 2.9. A strong majority further
supported targeted sanctions against human rights abusers in the
Iranian government, and NIAC will continue to support targeted human
Supporting Civil Rights of
Iranian Americans: Supporting the civil rights of
Iranian Americans was selected as the fourth highest priority, just
behind human rights in Iran, with an average ranking of 3.1.
NIAC members ranked protecting Iranian cultural heritage, such as the
Persepolis Tablets, as NIAC’s fifth priority for the year ahead.
The issue ranked 3.8.
437 dues-paying members participated
in this year’s survey, making it larger than the sample sizes of
other surveys done of our community at-large. Although not a
scientific survey of the entire community (as the survey measures the
views of our active members), past NIAC member surveys have
corresponded with the results of scientific community-wide surveys.
Based on the results below, the year
ahead promises to be busy and, at times, difficult. But, by unifying
as a community to take action and be heard, no hurdle is too high. We
all know there is power in numbers, so we look forward to working
together to accomplish our goals and increase our community’s