Hearts & MindsSM - Information for ChangeSM
War or Peace?
The dangerous disagreement with Iran -
and what you can do about it
The United States, Europe and the United Nations
Iran is working to make nuclear weapons. Iran claims they are producing
highly enriched uranium (EU) only for electricity.
The USA and others
are concerned because Iran is rich in oil and doesn’t need nuclear
power. EU is also not necessary for atomic power plants. Further, Iran
has not proved trustworthy in the past and has been caught cheating on
its nuclear agreements.
Iran is considered by many a terrorist state
because they fund terrorist groups that target
civilians. These groups appear ruthless in trying to end Western and Israeli influence in the Middle East.
Lebanon's Hezbollah with enormous amounts of weaponry. While millions of
Iranians live in poverty, Iran gives this terrorist organization
possibly $200 million a year in weapons and other aid.
There is also strong evidence that Iran is heavily involved in aiding sectarian
violence that kills many thousands of Muslim civilians
Denial of reality
Ahmadinejad, Iran’s president, denies the holocaust took place
despite literally tons of captured Nazi records, first-hand testimonies
from millions of eyewitnesses, mass graves, films of piles of emaciated bodies, and more.
While Ahmadinejad denies the holocaust, he threatens to “wipe Israel off the
map.” Such hate-baiting extremism removes credibility
from his statements that Iran has no intention of developing
USA proposed major incentives. If Iran suspends EU production, the USA
and the UN Security Council would help Iran with alternative
nuclear-power technologies. These methods cannot be used for weapons.
The USA could also lift its embargo on airplanes and spare parts and
other goods. These are valuable benefits for
Stubbornness – or tough
Ahmadinejad clearly said that Iran will not stop enriching uranium.
He escalated his rhetoric, saying Iran has as much of a right to nuclear
weapons as the United States.
Iran’s president says he is willing to keep
talking. President Bush says the USA should not talk further until Iran stops
One option is to bomb Iran's nuclear
but these are well protected. The resulting fallout could
kill many Iranians and even people in surrounding nations. It could also
ignite a major war.
and UN are continuing to try compromising, but so far Iran
seems very determined to continue EU production.
What can you do to help?
You can voice
your opinions to your elected representatives. You could also start a petition and collect signatures to
support your viewpoint.
What is EU?
Highly enriched uranium (EU) is one of the main
chemicals used to make nuclear weapons. It is much more difficult and
expensive than other forms of nuclear fuel that also work well for
Iran is producing weapon grade
uranium, Uranium-235. This denser isotope is also more dangerous in case
of a nuclear accident, or if the West bombs Iran’s nuclear production