Senator Chambliss’ Reply and Our Response

My initial letter is here.

The reply from Mr. Chambliss:

Dear Mr. [name removed]:

Thank you for contacting me to share your concerns regarding Iran . It is good to hear from you.

As you are aware, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is trying to develop a nuclear program. He claims that this program will be for energy production; however, he has announced that part of his agenda is the destruction of Israel . This leads me to believe that Iran is intent on developing nuclear weapons which would make Iran one step closer to achieving its agenda. T he possession of nuclear weapons by Iran poses a greater threat to not only Israel , but also the rest of the world.

I hope that through diplomacy, we are able to curb any attempts by Iran to develop a nuclear program. However, only when all diplomatic options are exhausted should military action be considered. Protecting our nation is a top priority of mine and you can rest assured I will continue my commitment to winning the War on Terror.

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My response:

Senator Chambliss,

I truly appreciate your attention to these matters. Please do keep in mind the NEI report “Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities” from November of 2007 which stated, among other judgements:

“We judge with moderate confidence that the earliest possible date Iran would be technically capable of producing enough highly enriched uranium for a weapon is late 2009, but that this is very unlikely.”

Also consider the history of dishonesty from the Bush administration regarding potential and perceived threats to the Unites States; namely their assertions that Saddam Hussein possessed WMD, was intent on attacking the United States, and had ties to Al Qaeda. All of these assertions have been proven false.

The perception that Iranian leadership wants to ‘destroy’ Israel is based on a mistranslation of Mr. Ahmadinejad by the partisan MEMRI organization; his exact words and intents are in fact much less threatening than what is purported by the corporate media and in mainstream political discourse. I encourage you to look into this mistranslation more closely, as the consequences of such a misunderstanding are severe.

Furthermore, Israel is a racist and terrorist state which has illegally occupied Palestinian territory for decades; and indeed the creation of the state of Israel was illegal in itself. I can see no reason for the United States to support the state of Israel. Wasting American wealth and American lives in defense of Israel is not right.

The assertion that Iran presents a threat to “the rest of the world” seems to me a leap of logic with no evidence to support it. Iran conducts its affairs peacefully, despite the aggressive postures and military activities of Isreal and United States. It has repeatedly called for peaceful negotiations with the U.S, which the Bush administration has declined. Iran has been fully cooperative and compliant with all U.N. nuclear inspections and inquiries.

Finally, the history of U.S. interference in Iranian internal affairs is long and unpleasant. The United States has in the past overthrown peaceful and popular leadership in Iran, and supported its brutal dictators. Not unlike our past support of the dictator Saddam Hussein in Iraq where we now see ourselves in a horrible conflict. I encourage you to consider these historical facts as well when determining the appropriate diplomatic posture toward Iran. Thank you for your consideration.

Most sincerely,

[name removed]


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