Monday, February 23, 2015

Dear Senator Isakson

An Open letter to Johnny Isakson

Thomas Are
6621 Crepe Myrtle Way
Stone Mountain, Georgia  30087

                                                                                    February 23, 2015
Senator Johnny Isakson
120 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC  20510

Dear Senator Isakson,

I could give you many reasons why it would be foolish and immoral to enter into a military conflict with Iran, but I just want to point out one thing that I think you ought to know as you go in to support Israel on March third.


Your friend Netanyahu is going to imply that if Iran obtains a nuclear weapon he would use it to destroy Israel.  However, what Ahmadinejad actually said in Farsi, his own language, in a speech on October 26, 2005 was, “This occupation regime over Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.”   This sounds like a moral condemnation, not a physical threat.

Iran voted for UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/67/19, on November 29, 2012, backing a two state solution with Israel/Palestine living side by side in peace and security.  Nothing about “wiping Israel off the map.”

So, as congress jumps up and down like puppets to cheer Mr. Netanyahu, at least know that as you do so, he is pulling your strings.


                                                                                    Thomas Are

P.S.  My wife says that I might get a more favorable reading if I sugarcoat this a bit.  I told her that this is sugarcoated.  I can’t tell you in strong enough terms how dumb it would be for us to get pulled into a war with Iran.  Your defense of American values and morality on March 3rd is far more important than any photo of you cheering the Prime Minister of Israel, party victory or re-election.

[i] See Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett,  Going to Tehran, Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran,  (Metropolitan Books, New York, 2013)  p.19   and  Peter Oborne and David Morrison,  A Dangerous Delusion, Why the West is Wrong about Nuclear Iran,  (Elliott and Thompson Limited,  London, 2013)  p. 79

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