Monday, February 15, 2010
I support Iran . . . why?
I support Iran's decision to enrich uranium. Iran is a free country - it was founded at the same time Iraq became a nation and so much of the Middle East that we know today was established. I realize religion can be a great dividing force but it can also be a great unifying force. When Ernest Hemingway wrote a Farewell to Arms, he meant to lay down arms but the existence of those arms was an acceptable premise. The Constitution of the United States promotes self-protection and the right to bear arms. We can shun other nations as part of our foreign policy to acquire or enrich uranium. Iran may be generations behind the rest of the world in the race to nuclear arms. There are many nations that possess nuclear armaments. I still remember the havoc that was wreaked on the nation of Iraq and our reason to go to war has still not been justified. There are no nuclear silos in Iraq - that is a verifiable fact. If Iran goes nuclear, how does that differ from any other nation going nuclear. Iran has never stated that they will bomb anyone with their weapons while India and Pakistan have threatened nuclear war many times. As Americans, we should extend the principles of our Constitution to other nations and be transparent in our foreign policy dealings. We support arms at home, then why not abroad. There is freedom of religion here so why not abroad. Bearing arms does not mean seeking to do harm on other nations. It simply means that Iran seems to want to protect its religious way of life from other imperialist forces - or what it perceives as imperialist. If we understand why Iran wants to acquire nuclear arms, we can take better steps to ensure our safety and thus, come to terms with Iran's decision. We shouldn't lock horns with Iran over such an action when that may further aggravate our understanding and place in the world. Iran may see this as its sovereign, inalienable right and thus, who are we to wave the hanky of disapproval at Iran, when they may be rightfully concerned for their religious self-determination. If Iran understands us better, then there should be no fear on our part that their actions are warranted. The actions may not be warranted but that's hard to judge. Iran has shown great tolerance over the years and is a melting pot of culture and religious fervor that is exciting to see in less fraternal, theocratic societies. Perhaps, Iran sees this action as morally appropriate. Who are we to question a nation's moral barometer when morality is highly intelligible. American foreign policy should extend Constitutional principles abroad and promote those principles whenever necessary to advocate foreign policy initiatives. Iran seems to have been attacked many times and has had a tumultuous history. It seems now, that it wants to protect its borders and sovereignty and its nuclear prowess may further bring a greater balance of power in the Middle East at a much needed time when so much is in disarray. Iran is a misunderstood nation and our diplomacy with Iran is further misunderstood. Instead of overreaching in Afghanistan, perhaps we can seize this moment to reach accords in the Middle East and educate these semi-modern, future-starved Bedouin people that America is a nation that is committed to a more informed Middle East that better understands the equitable nature of our actions abroad. Once that message is conveyed, I am confident Iran would extend a warm hand of friendship to us and there will be greater peace and harmony in the region and more peaceful co-existence. If we focus inward, perhaps our outward protocol may seem more agreeable to others. All nations and peoples should be given an opportunity for self-determination; nations are not perfect and neither are people but somehow common value prevails. I trust Iran will not abuse that right and neither will any nation, but that the insinuations of power on all sides will grant greater freedom, understanding and recognition to all humanity.