Saturday, November 26, 2011

Iran and Nuclear Weapons: What if we had sought peace in the 1990s?


The rhetoric of Israel and America with respect to Iran with respect to Nuclear weapons is intriguing in many ways.  There is ample availability to read many perspectives on the situation

It is not too late to seek better communication, that leads to more healthy perception and works toward peace! 

In fact, the time for peacemaking is now!

The time was ripe, too, in the early 1990s.  At that time, peace accords set in the context of the Middle East began to set trajectories for new forms of harmony and mutual inter-dependence - leading to key diplomats in the region jointly winning the Nobel Prize for Peace.

Acccording to a the owner and publisher of Israel's oldest newspaper, Haaretz ("the land") - Yitzhak Rabin addressed in 1993, the "threat" of "Iran" having nuclear weapons - but with a very different kind of appeal compared to what has recently been in the news.

Speaking in the Knesset in January 1993, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said, "Iran is in the initial stages of an effort to acquire nonconventional capability in general, and nuclear capability in particular. Our assessment is that Iran today has the appropriate manpower and sufficient resources to acquire nuclear arms within 10 years. Together with others in the international community, we are monitoring Iran's nuclear activity. They are not concealing the fact that the possibility that Iran will possess nuclear weapons is worrisome, and this is one of the reasons that we must take advantage of the window of opportunity and advance toward peace."
Amos Schocken's full article can be read here.

We can ask ourselves "What if we had sought peace in the 1990s?"  How would the world be different now?  But, we can not change what happened in the 1990s or the early 2000s.

Now, though, we can work for sustainable peace and harmony for the Middle East - and for the World - today!

Now is the time for peacemaking. 

War and violence need not be the master of us all.

Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Posted via email from Eupan Global Initiative

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