Open Letter From Some Colorado Jews (plus one California rabbi) and People of Good Will Everywhere: U.S – Israel: Don’t Attack Iran
Support for a military attack on Iran is, plain and simple, support for mutually assured destruction, not only for the State of Israel, but also for Israel’s Palestinian neighbors.
Any military escalation in an unstable Middle East is akin to throwing a lighted match onto a powder keg. The consequences cannot be contained by any conventional strategy, and regional diplomatic efforts will be set back decades.
This opinion is widely shared well outside peace activist circles. It has been heatedly expressed by Major General Meir Dagan, former Israeli Mossad Director (2002 – 2011) who said, “[Attacking iran] would mean regional war and in that case you would be giving Iran the best possible reason to continue the nuclear program.” He adds it’s “the stupidest thing I ever heard.”
And US Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta agrees. “The consequences [of military action] could be that we would have an escalation … that would not only involve many lives, but could consume the Middle East in confrontation and conflict we would regret.”
Clearer heads must prevail!
The nuclear arms race during the Cold War left the world with nuclear arsenals estimated by the Stockholm international Peace Research Institute in 2009 at 23,000, which is 2000 times the total firepower used during WWII. In this regard, We agree with both the Obama administration and J-street, the staunchest pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby in the U.S. The world does NOT need another nuclear weapon ready state. However, a military strike sends precisely the opposite message.
To folks who believe America and Israel should and will hold the upper hand in the nuclear balance of power indefinitely, you might want to think again. Perhaps, the most persuasive argument to the rest of the world for nuclear non-proliferation would be good-faith reduction in nuclear firepower among the current super-powers. That makes a whole lot more sense than bombing an adversary to make sure they never build bombs.
Toward sustainable peace,
Haim Beliak, Rabbi, Los Angeles