Richard Hellman of CIPAC said today that he finds the Administration’s deal with Iran still worse than he expected, although the terms of reference for the negotiations already had been dumbed down to exclude the more critical issues, i.e., Iran’s
* 1. Genocidal statements of intent to eliminate Israel and attack America,
* 2. Development of ICBM’s and other delivery systems for nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.
* 3. Imprisonment of Americans and others without due process or legitimate reason
* 4. Repression of its citizens and suppression of freedom of assembly and expression within Iran,
* 5. Sponsorship of such major terror groups as Hezbollah and Hamas,
* 6. Support of brutal dictators and repressive regimes, including Bashar Al Assad of Damascus
* 7. Spread of radical Shiite hegemony to Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
He says ” more critical issues,” because these are some of the reasons that paint the picture as to why America and the world fear, reject and thus strongly oppose Iran’s nuclear weapons development as might not be the case if, e.g., Sweden,Germany, Japan or other free, truly democratic nations felt they needed such weapons for legitimate self-defense. Nonetheless, even with the narrow parameters of preventing Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons, this draft deal fails miserably. As many analysts from Israel to France to the Congress are pointing out, Iran receives relief from sanctions but gives up no facilities and no paths to nuclear weapons,and agrees to no effective third party inspections. In fact, as some point out, this is worse than no agreement because it legitimizes Iran’s past and present violations of international law, including three UN Security Council resolutions barring Uranium enrichment. In fact it does not bar Iran’s path to The Bomb, but paves and lights it brightly. And it opened the floodgates to such other Middle East powers as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt to develop or buy their own nuclear weapons for deterrence and self-defense against Iran. In short: the worst possible outcome. Some say not to worry, since variously, the total agreement will not be complete for 90 days (until June 30), the “Devil is in the details” and it “would take Divine intervention” for the remaining gaps in the deal to be filled. Regardless, for the sake of US national security and that of such allies as Israel and the Mideast Arab states, we cannot wait and see. Congress must act and we all must urge our senators and representatives to do so now. Help me convince our members of Congress to insist on a new veto-proof law now that* Flags each of the seven concerns about Iran cited above as well as the main goal of preventing Iran from ever developing nuclear weapons as essential elements of any agreement with the Iran regime,* Requires any such agreement to be submitted to the Congress for ratification at once, before any submission to the UN Security Council,* maintains the present sanctions on Iran and puts in place the potential for new measures against Iran on July 1, 2015, absent such a satisfactory, enforceable agreement by June 30, including,but not limited to such trade barriers as the Jackson-Vanik Amendment and the Helsinki Treat inspection and reporting process, plus a major ramp-up of anti-missile defense systems for the US, EU and Middle East, in short a rebirth and upgrade of the Cold War measures that helped cause the USSR to collapse, and+ Recognizes that all measures remain on the table for America and Israel, including military actions if need be.If you think these measures seem extreme, you don’t understand the magnitude of the threat:This is the worst regime with the worst ideology being give a path to the worst weapons, without any real quid pro quo or change of behavior. Thus Kerry at Lausanne has made Chamberlain at Munich look better by comparison., and this atrocious deal must be improved massively or dispatched. As a result of the timing, in which the final agreement is due to be completed by the end of June, the MERCL June 12-22 Israel study mission has as a major objective an examination of what Israel plans to do about the threats from Iran and how it plans to do it. See the websites below for details. For interviews, call/text Richard Hellman at 202-425-4009 , or email firstname.lastname@example.org ,or use the numbers and email address below.