Monday, June 05, 2006

Iranian Crisis Requires Diplomacy, Not Force

by Chris Lugo
Email: christopher_lugo (nospam) (unverified!)
05 Jun 2006
Nuclear iran-No one can deny that there is an international crisis brewing regarding Iran's nuclear capability. The crisis, however, is one which requires diplomacy and international cooperation, and not, as the Bush administration and the Republican Party seems to be speculating on, the use of unilateral force. The international landscape has changed dramatically in the past five years, since September 11th of 2001. At the time, the United States had the empathy and compassion of the world. People around the world grieved with us as they saw our own innocent civilians die in the face of tragedy and unspeakable acts of aggression.
Now the world community scowls as they see innocent Iraqi women and children die in the face of tragedy and acts of aggression. The global community has shifted its perspective and the United States has walked itself to the edge with the current foreign policy, rooted in unilateral aggression.

We have our own heroes and fallen dead to honor, over 2400 Americans have died in service to this country in Iraq, but it is time to bring the remaining soldiers home and to refuse to take one step further down the myopic and misguided path that the war on terrorism has taken.

The international community has spoken clearly on the subject of Iran, and the message is diplomacy. This is a message the current administration should heed. Americans are not ready for yet another Middle East war, especially with a country that will fight back with ten times the agression that the Iraqi insurgency has displayed.

The United Nations is the best institution to monitor and implement the Safegaurds Agreement with Iran, unilateral force will not work in this situation. It has not worked in Iraq and it will not work in Iran. Whether Iran does have a more extensive centrifuge enrichment than it currently admits is a matter for international diplomacy to resolve.

The United States is on the edge, once again, and international opinion says to stay the course. Whether the current administration will allow international bodies to work as they are supposed to remains to be seen. Americans have learned from Iraq, where there were no weapons of mass destruction and there was no support for Osama Bin Laden. Americans are tired of war, and talk of war, Americans want peace and security and the current administration's policies offer none.

Chris Lugo
Green Party of Tennessee
Candidate for US Senate

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