The Israeli government, along with hawks in the Republican Party, along with some Democrats, have been beating the war-drums for years. Iran, which has a right to develop nuclear power, is being told, in essence, that it does not have such a right, though the Israelis have been permitted to secretly create nuclear weapons, some of which they developed in conjunction with apartheid South Africa in the 1980s.
The deal that the Obama administration signed with Iran, along with other major powers, steps back from the brink of war. One does not need to be a fortune teller to know that heightened sanctions represent only one step away from all-out war. Thus, the question is whether one believes that war with Iran is justified. This needs to be put on the table and demagogues need not be permitted to walk around the issue.
There are no demonstrable facts to indicate that the Iranians are developing nuclear weapons. You can believe anything that you want and see all sorts of possible dangers, but the evidence is not there. Instead, the Israeli government—which during the Iran/Iraq War supplied Iran with weaponry—wishes to play up fears and Islamophobia in order to discourage any sort of peaceful resolution of the conflict. In that regard it is important that you, the reader, ignore the flowery language that we hear from the Israeli government and the hawks here about their alleged desire for peace. They are looking for what would amount to the complete surrender of the Iranians. That is not going to happen.
War with Iran would be a game-changer. The financial markets know it; the oil markets know it; and, my guess is that you know it. While I continue to believe that Iran—which has not invaded another country in more than 1,000 years— should be left alone, in the immediate this peace deal needs to be supported. War with Iran will be an endless war. And if you want to be reminded of some of the consequences, look at what has been happening in Iraq, Afghanistan and, by the way, open the paper to the weekly list of dead U.S. soldiers.
(Bill Fletcher Jr. is a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies. Follow him on Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com.)