The nuclear non-proliferation agreement with Iran was signed by Iran, the US, France, Germany, Austria and the UK on July 14, 2015. The GOP immediately announced that it would try to block the agreement. Their objections were that Iran cannot be trusted; that the deal did not stop Iran from continuing development of a nuclear bomb; and that the lifting of sanctions will allow Iran to further sponsor terrorism in the Middle East. They did not mention that Iran has had nuclear capability for at least the last 15 years.
Merriam-Webster defines prejudice in several ways, including one that applies to the GOP opposition to this agreement. The GOP has had six years to practice their prejudices against President Obama’s policies in nearly every area of legislation.
Prejudice – an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge
This is a legitimate religious issue because it is based upon dogma that has a foundation in prejudice, racism, and a total lack of faith in humanity in general. The GOP has showed little love for their neighbors, whether the people were the US’ poor or foreign enemies that have been stoked by US aggression in the Middle East. The independent experts on nuclear disarmament are nearly unanimous in stating that this agreement will slow Iran’s progress into joining the nuclear destruction club. CNN provided an opinion by John Glaser and Justin Logan on July 14, 2015 titled Iran nuclear deal a clear success. As you might imagine, Fox has declared this deal a disaster. Fred Fleitz produced an opinion for Fox News titled Iran nuclear deal much worse than experts predicted. Success is in the eye of the beholder. The GOP is going to find it difficult to overcome President Obama’s veto of any attempt by the GOP to subvert the agreement.
Iran already has enough enriched uranium to build one nuclear bomb and guided missiles capable of delivering this single bomb to Tel Aviv, Israel. The GOP’s position on Iran is based on fear of Iran’s aggressiveness in asserting its religious and political objectives throughout the Middle East. That fear is justified. The question at hand is how to remove Iran’s capability to build nuclear weapons while lowering Iran’s fears of not having nuclear weapons when its declared enemies have them.
Nuclear proliferation has long been a “genie out of the bottle” situation. It is hard to imagine that Israel does not already have capabilities in nuclear weapons that Iran is trying to achieve. Their fears are mutual, and there is no trust. The details of the agreement are readily available. In exchange for giving up its nuclear weapon development program, economic sanctions that have impacted Iranian citizens will be lifted. While the Middle East continues to engage in a Holy War among the major sects of Islam, the potential for WW III developing in the Middle East and a biblical Revelations level destruction of the world continues to unfold. This agreement with Iran offers a 10 to 15 year window of curbed nuclear arms development while the world and Iran learn to live a little more peacefully. The GOP has offered no viable alternative solutions to the agreement that has been signed.
History has clearly shown that wars are ineffective in solving world problems. The United Nations was formed to attempt to reign in the most aggressive members of the world community. It has had marginal success despite attempts to subvert its mission, with the US’ recent formation of coalitions outside of UN control being a primary deterrent to world peace. It is time to build trust among the world powers that can lead to a greater peace. If the resources used to attempt to destroy terrorists and gain world power were channeled towards feeding the world and protecting the Earth, this would be a safer and more humane world. Enforce the inspections in Iran and move towards nuclear disarmament of all nations. War doesn’t work. Give peace a chance.