Thursday, January 23, 2014

Post #437 - Who is Threatening Whom?

A message I received from the U.S. Peace Council:

Dear Friends in Peace,

The US Peace Council joins you in opposing S. 1881, the “Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act.” S-1881 sabotages the diplomatic progress of the “Joint Plan of Action,” expands sanctions that are causing suffering for the Iranian people, prohibits Iran from pursuing peaceful nuclear processes necessary for energy production, and offers US military support to Israel to attack Iran—subordinating U.S. national interests to the military maneuverings of Israel. S-1881 is a move toward war!

The Iran nuclear issue is a ruse. There are, in fact, two nuclear-armed states threatening the Middle East—the United States and Israel. The United States maintains 18 ballistic missile submarines—an undisclosed number of which are positioned with the U.S. Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf—carrying a combined total of up to 398 missiles, each missile armed with multiple nuclear warheads.  Israel possesses three nuclear-capable submarines, and a nuclear arsenal estimated at up to 200 warheads. The real threat of a nuclear launch is from the United States and Israel!

We must act now to prevent another war in the Middle East by demanding a Nuclear Weapons and Weapons of Mass Destruction-Free Zone (NWMDFZ) in the Middle East, a solution that would eliminate all nuclear weapons from the region, including those of the U.S and Israel. The United Nations 2010 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty mandated a conference in Helsinki at the end of 2012 to create this NWMDFZ, but it was derailed by the United States and Israel at the eleventh hour. We must demand that the Helsinki conference be called and the NWMDFZ in the Middle East be implemented.

Leading the call for a NWMDFZ in the Middle East is a coalition of Israeli parliamentarians, civil society organizations, and peace activists. The coalition organized the December 2013 Haifa  Conference for a Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone in the Middle East under the slogan “If Israel won’t go to Helsinki, we’ll bring Helsinki to Israel!” The US Peace Council and 20 other international organizations participated and signed the Declaration issued by the

Please act now to prevent catastrophic war in the Middle East—please distribute the Haifa Conference Declaration
(, and sign and promote the online Global Petition for Peace in the Middle East

In Peace,

Cathy Goodman
US Peace Council

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