Saint Michael Traveler
The article by CBS News: Why Obama's Iran Policy Will Fail article is right on the target. Dilip Hiro states: "The Administration Remains Stuck in Bush Mode in a Changed World."
Any prospect for a non-belligerent foreign policy by US congress toward Iran is not expected. The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday passed the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act, a bill targeting Tehran and the firms conducting energy business with Iran. The recent bill, part of a larger effort to hurt Iranian people, was instigated to force Iran to abandon her nuclear enrichment program. Those who voted for the bill assumed that they were giving the Obama administration stronger powers to sanction companies that provide Iranian people gasoline, diesel and other refined petroleum fuels.
The bill would give a legitimate reason to Iran to fear US government sincerity for fair play. This action is a hideous expression of hypocrisy [http://straveler-myamerica.blogspot.com/]. I suggest the following three steps to correct our failed foreign policy with respect to the Middle East:
1. Nuclear Fuel Cycle Iranian Consortium:
USA should join the consortium among others Japan, Germany, France and England to actively monitor the Iranian fuel cycle activity too. IAEA has consistently asserted that the agency could not find any indications that Iran is diverting the fuel cycle for nuclear bomb development. Iran has asserted that their activities are limited to development of fuel for nuclear reactor.
2. Nuclear Shield
An international nuclear shield for all nations in the Middle East, including Iran, from nuclear bomb states;
3. A nuclear- bomb-free Middle East
This action will remove any pressure from Iran to develop nuclear bomb in the future for deterrence against nuclear bomb Israeli state.
President Harry Truman in 1946 gave this statement about nuclear bomb:
"It is a terrible weapon, and it should not be used on innocent men, women and children who have nothing whatever to do with this military aggression. That happens when it is used." He was referring to using the bomb on Japan.
Our representative in the Congress must stop the hideous play of hypocrisy and face the facts in the Middle East.