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Twelve Alternative Responses to the Iran Nuclear Problem

Iran’s pursuits of homegrown nuclear weapons is causing anxiety in the region, with the America, and our nation’s allies. But before we respond in what would be catastrophic force, there are a number of actions before the parties involved, both directly and indirectly. These include:

1. Tally the number of war/terrorism killings, by nation, and publicize widely to sharpen our understanding of which nations can  most be trusted and least be trusted for international peace.

2. The US and Russia enter into another round of taking down their respective 5000+ nuclear warheads to 1,000 in order to demonstrate that commitment to peace and NOT some mythical “we wage war as peacemakers”.

Arak IR-40 Heavy Water Reactor, Iran. 14 October 2012, 10:27:57
IR-40 facility in Arak. 14 Oct 2012. Photo: Wikipedia, uploaded by Nanking under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

3. Require Israel to sign onto the Non-Proliferation Treaty [NPT] and to destroy its nuclear arms as a prerequisite for continued US support. Further, its hypocritical for a nation to have not signed onto NPT, but to then to impose itself as a kind of compliance broker with Iran. Israel should be a part of NPT if it desires involvement in responding to NPT violators.

4. Extend to each nation, beginning The Middle East/Northwest Africa, multi-lateral trade agreements, aid, and other incentives in-exchange for signing onto the NPT with a no-nuclear warheads / unfettered inspections commitment. This goes for Syria, Iran, India, Pakistan, Libya, Egypt, etc. Also to use this multi-lateral arrangement as a strategic tool to penalize violators.

5. Require that Israel stop and redress its violations of building the wall in Occupied Palestinian Territory. This is will send a signal to the international community that we are moving to a new standard of justice for all players — including Israel.

6. US, China, and Russia have serious talks about energy concerns and stop playing these small nations as pawns and proxies — as was the case in Libya– in the real contest for oil.

7. For all the, “Bible says we must protect Israel” Christians out there, then take Jesus to Israel. Specifically, begin mentioning Jesus and the need for Jews to accept the gift of salvation made available ONLY through Christ (and not some bloodline from Abraham). If we really love Israel, as we should it and all nations, then Christian militarists, get off this war path and take something more than arms to Israel. Take the way to eternal life!

8. As with Israel, take Jesus to Iran. Indeed, begin by confessing our sins of 1953, our participation in toppling its government, that set in-place still lingering fears of US intervention. Show Iran how a “Christian” operates by also openly coming to terms with dictator after dictators that we propped-up who brought tyrannical, repressive regimes that killed innocent people. To heck with this arrogance that says “America does not apologize”. That has been our problem – pride. As an African American, there are 41 million blacks — descendants from enslaved Africans — in this country who know what that feels like to hear the arrogance of denying national sin. Perhaps, it is time for America to take a page from South Africa’s “Truth and Reconciliation” process to heal wounds that WE inflicted.

9. Get serious with China on smart energy and environmental quality issues, with specific outcomes. Or begin a process to significantly revert to manufacturing in-sourcing of key products (e.g., televisions).

10. SERIOUSLY update the US Energy Policy in a way that drives innovation. We MUST demonstrate to the world that we are serious about energy independence that will send a message to other players in The Middle East, Asia, and Europe that the US will lead us away from a certain doomsday.

11. Update our tax code and develop other domestic incentives that will encourage Americans/corporations to be active participants in our new energy direction.

12. Restructure UN Security Council [UNSC] that limits veto power to only P5 nations — Russia, France, China, UK, and US. UNSC permanent membership should be extended to Middle East and African nations, with conditions apply to all that they honor nuclear commitments, do no engage in state-sponsored terrorism, and work toward peaceful solutions to challenging problems (e.g., resolution of Israeli-Palestinian conflict). We simply cannot have, for instance, 20% of the world’s petroleum and 35% of the world’s sea-traded petroleum transported daily through the Strait of Hormuz, but nations along the Strait are marginalized when major issues come before the UNSC. That is not a good-faith arrangement is becomes a part of the grievance against the US.13. A full statement of disclosure of what the US response to its citizens would be if they were to engage in the very actions the US is backing in its AFRICOM-crafted so-called “Arab Spring”, designed to establish rebellions in Middle East/African countries.

Just a thought. What’s yours…

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