NOW IT’S IRAN’S TURN

On May 22, 2008, Congress “expressed” its sense and passed a resolution that will no doubt start the process toward a confrontation with Iran. The following is the resolution.

H.CON.RES.362
Title: Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the threat posed to international peace, stability in the Middle East, and the vital national security interests of the United States by Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and regional hegemony, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ackerman, Gary L. [NY-5] introduced 5/22/2008
Cosponsors (169)
Related Bills: S.RES.580
Latest Major Action: 5/22/2008 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Regional hegemony refers to the influence exercised over neighboring countries by an independently powerful nation, the regional hegemon. Regional hegemonies are small scale versions of global hegemons. Apparently, Congress has decided that Iran is the regional hegemon that needs to be dealt with next.

Didn’t we see a run-up to the invasion of Iraq with preliminary tactics like these? The Resolution itself is ludicrous. The Resolution contains three “threats”:

  1. Threat to international peace – What international peace? At any given time in any given corner of the world, genocide is being perpetrated and dictators (right and left) are crushing and slaughtering their citizens. Using terminology that includes “international” allows Congress once again to mislead and exaggerate the threat.
  2. Threat to stability in the Middle East – What stability in the Middle East? Israel and Hamas are at each other’s throats on a consistent basis and Iraq is far from stable. And remember, Afghanistan is teetering on the brink of regression.
  3. Threat to the vital national security interests of the United States – Oh, oh. Here we go again. What are our vital interests? Oil? Israel?

The Resolution is nothing more than a prelude to raising the specter of another “threat” which will require American intervention.

Of course, in order to avoid the appearance of weakness, the following Indiana representatives helped co-sponsor the Resolution:

Dan Burton (R)
Mark Souder (R)
Peter Visclosky (D)
Mike Pence (R)

I understand the three Republicans, but what was Visclosky thinking? And remember this is just the co-sponsoring. Heaven knows how many Democrats will again cave for the sake of appearance and vote in favor of the Resolution. I bet I know one who won’t – Dennis Kucinich.

Get ready. Another intervention is in the works – it is just a matter of time.

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About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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9 Responses to NOW IT’S IRAN’S TURN

  1. jeanne says:

    H.Con.Res 362 contains an even more explicit clause which sets the stage for an “authorization” for a naval blockade of Iran: “The most strongly worded section of the legislation is article three, which states: ‘Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress – (3) demands that the President initiate an international effort to immediately and dramatically increase the economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on Iran to verifiably suspend its nuclear enrichment activities by, inter alia [among other things], prohibiting the export to Iran of all refined petroleum products; imposing stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran; and prohibiting the international movement of all Iranian officials not involved in negotiating the suspension of Iran’s nuclear program.’

    The resolution makes no mention of the National Intelligence Estimate report released in December 2007, which found that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons development program in 2003.”–(Schenwar and Renner, Truthout, June 23)

    AIPAC began a lobbying campaign on the Hill two weeks ago for this legislation. A vote in the House may come as early as today. The amazing thing is that Wexler, Waxman, and Schakowsky, all Dems opposing war have signed on as co-sponsors (supposedly seeing it as a stalling tactic “to prevent more serious action against Iran”, Truthout)

    Would the U.S. look upon a naval blockade of this country as an Act of War? What would the U.S. do if we could not import refined petroleum products? A naval blockade without UN sanction is illegal under international law.

    The Dems are handing this to Bush on a silver platter!

    And Mark Souder is once again a cheerleader for war.

  2. J. Q. Taxpayer says:

    Charlotte,

    I agree with several of your points about small wars all over the world. I also agree the Mideast is one unstable part of the world.

    Here is where we seperate on beliefs.

    What does the world do with Iran and nukes?

    1- Believe they do not have then and are not trying to build them?

    2- Wait until they PROVE they have one by some underground test and then they tell the world they have maybe 10-20 of them on short range missles? Then do what?

    3- Wait until they shoot one at some country and then react?

    4- We do nothing?

  3. J.Q.

    What about North Korea, Pakistan, and India? These three countries have conducted nuclear tests. Why aren’t we concerned about them? Bush has made sure that Iran has become the focus of his Middle East reorganization strategy now that Iraq is out of the way.

    Remember Iraq was once considered part of the axis of “evil” with all those weapons of mass destruction, which were never found. Now that we have pretty much destroyed that country, it no longer holds the same urgency in the area of nuclear weapons.

    And now no one seems to care that we didn’t find them, just as long as we took out Saddam Hussein – WMDs or not.

    Israel has also been rumored to have nuclear weapons, but its possession of such weapons has not been admitted and no doubt will not be verified. But I doubt anyone cares about that because of our support for Israel. Yet Israel is just as capable of deciding to use nuclear weaponry as any of the others with nuclear weapons.

    Pakistan has suffered a large degree of instability since the assassination of Benizir Bhutto. Yet Pakistan has nuclear power and has successfully detonated a nuclear weapon. And to top it off, Osama bin Laden is said to be hiding in the mountainous regions of Pakistan.

    I believe it is a mistake to go after Iran. Bush has already made Iran much stronger and more of a threat by taking out the counter-balance of Saddam Hussein – like it or not. I also think dealing with Iran is not the same as dealing with Iraq. Iraq had about 28,000,000 people; Iran has about 65,000,000.

  4. J. Q. Taxpayer says:

    Let us take one at time….

    NORTH KOREA – I think many major countries have grave concerns over North Korea. I include China as one of them. They, including every country with any leadership out side of some off the wall nut, know the unleasing of one “small” nuke will put the world on the path of possible no return.

    If North Korea unloads a nuke on Japan or S. Korea, let alone the US, that the response will be deadly for China. They will face Nuke fallout from such as the jet stream carries the stuff over their country.

    China is the real player in what happens to North Korea and I believe behind the scenes they have played a roll in what appears N. Korea setting back. N. Korea leadership knows full well China could march in with troops and quickly overtake it. Even stupid nuts have a point they start to understand the facts of life.

    Also they lack the funds to build a true weapons system without underwriting by some other country.

    PAKISTAN – It is unknown by the public if they in fact have nuke weapons and of what type. My guess it is kown by the CIA and other groups but not make general public. Yes, they have done testing but testing a nuke charge underground does not even put you in the ball game of having a nuke weapon that you can dump on some other country.

    Most the leadership on both sides of this country are educated people who fully understand what tossing nukes around could and would do.

    INDIA – They are fairly stable government and just what kind of nukes they have is not something known to the general public. Again their government is composed of educated people use comman sense.

    ISREAL – I for one believe they have nuke missles but no idea if it is 12 or 100. My guess it is closer to the lower end. Again we are dealing with an educated government that knows full well what would happen if a nuke is used.

    IRAQ – What ever happened to the WMD’s is a question without an answer. They where there at one time and I think we all agree on that considering they where used on people living in that country.

    The US failed to find any leftover trucks, buildings, weapons, or stockpiles of the WMD chemicals. That alone should have people wondering what happened to them.

    Consider the years it takes to clean up just a chemical mess in this country once the work begins. One would have to guess someone in Iraq got rid of all the stuff.

    We did not find even places where they could have burned the chemicals. No trucks where found that showed much in trace chemicals of WMDs.

    They did not fall off the face of the earth or sink into some black hole.

    If you check back at one time Syria was believed to have a stockpile of WMD chemicals also. We do not hear much about it any longer.

    We invaded Iraq in 2003 but we had been sending messages to them for more then 12 months. There was plenty of time to ship the stuff out of the country for safe keeping.

    How about shipping them to a friend in the name of Syria? They could be all trucked into Syria and stored until after the US left Iraq.

    Maybe the US figured out they may have been shipped to Syria. Think about back during part of the Iraq war it was put out the US may also invade Syria and people wondered why?

    Well let us add in the third and final country called Libya. Omar Al-Qaddafi, who assisted in attacks against the US and played a major role in the blowing up airliners also had WMD chemicals.

    In March of 2004 he announced that his country was turning over a new leaf. That they did have WMDs and wanted to get rid of them. At that time we where not talking about invading or blowing up his country. But he wanted out of the WMD world.

    Now could have the WMD chemicals, in part belonging to Iraq found their way to Libya via Syria? If so, none of the countries including the US would say so for many reasons, the least being the war in Iraq.

    IRAN – You have a nut case running the country and the leadership behind him is as scary as him. Hence, the chances of a country like Iran using nukes is many times higher then any other country in the world.

    Iran also has a great deal of money to buy what they want to continue to build the required operations to make the material and to build rockets to carry them.

    SUMMARY – I for one believe if we know, along with other countries, that for a fact they are building buildings and operations to make nukes that we bomb them. That we do not invade the country with troops but only go after the targets as we know of them.

    If I was the President I would make sure that Mr. Nut Case knew we where coming. That he had a choice to get everyone away from the buildings or it was there blood on his hands. The attack may come the following day, week, or month but it was coming.

    I would also advise other countries within 1/2 hour of the air strike that what we where doing and to what extend. There is no country in the world that will start a war or Iran getting it nuke operations blown up.

    If we don’t stop this nut case now I put the question to everyone. When do we stop him?

  5. J.Q.

    Here are a couple of websites with the countries who already have nuclear weapons and what kind they have:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_states_with_nuclear_weapons
    http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0762462.html

    Do you think it is possible that other countries in the world wonder what kind of “nut case” we also have running this country? Imagine if you were any one of a number of countries other than the United States and you watched as we went in under a pretext to take out a dictator who just happened to get on GW’s bad side.

    If I were a citizen of Europe or Asia, etc., I would be wondering what else the “nut case” at the head of the United States government was capable of.

    Bush had an agenda before Day One of his presidency for Iraq and the Middle East, and he was successful at playing to the fears of the American people as well as pumping up the idea that patriotism required backing whatever he decided to do.

    Your last sentence “If we don’t stop this nut case now I put the question to everyone. When do we stop him?” is exactly how we got into the Iraq mess in the first place.

    As a nation, I would ask this, are we really ready to go into another round of invasion and occupation? Nuking Iran is different than what we did to Iraq. While many want to see Iran taken out of the nuclear arms race, I believe we would trigger an enormous and deadly reaction from the Islamic world. What differences existed between the various Islamic groups would coalesce in support of Iran and Islam.

    And as a reminder, in this world, there are two major religions – Christianity (about 2.1 billion) and Islam (about 1.5 billion). And if anyone thinks religion isn’t involved, then he or she is uninformed.

  6. J. Q. Taxpayer says:

    I have some thoughts on this but just can not get my mind into thinking it out and getting it typed. So hang in there with me. There will be a reply

  7. Please tell me if Representative Peter Visclosky District 1 Indiana) has signed on to House Resolution 362.

  8. Please tell me if Rep. Peter Visclosky has signed on to House Resolution 362, He represents District 1 Indiana
    Sincerely,
    Ruthanne Burns

  9. Ruthanne:

    Yes, he is in the list in the post. He is the only Indiana Democrat member to sign on. But remember, the list is just co-sponsors.

    When it comes up for a vote, look for all Indiana members to cave – just my view of how I see this action.

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