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    Bush should seek dialogue, not confrontation, with Iran Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi Faith and policy Tuesday, October 30, 2007
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      Bush should seek dialogue, not confrontation, with Iran
      Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi
      Faith and policy
      Tuesday, October 30, 2007

      As citizens of this blessed and beautiful land, Americans are called
      to save our country and the rest of our human family from a possible
      "World War III." The declaration last Thursday by the Bush
      administration of the harshest sanctions against Iran since the 1979
      Islamic Revolution and calling Iran "the world's leading state sponsor
      of terrorism" foreshadows a new tragedy in the Middle East.

      Tens of thousands of Americans staged anti-war rallies across the
      country to condemn President Bush's warmongering policies in Iraq. On
      Iran, we should follow the lead of these American patriots, who would
      love to see their country become a source of hope and human harmony
      rather than of fear and intimidation.

      There are bigger issues than Iran. There is turmoil in Pakistan;
      terrorism continues in Turkey; 93 percent of the world's heroin comes
      from Afghanistan; Israel brutalizes Gaza, and another confrontation
      brews in Lebanon, while the Iraqi mess and misery continue.

      But the administration beats the drums for another war in the region.
      The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said on CNN on Sunday
      that he had no evidence that Iran is building nuclear weapons. He
      expressed concern about the escalating rhetoric and how the United
      States is adding fuel to the fire.

      In slapping sanctions on Iran, the administration is isolating itself
      and putting the U.S. economy at risk. Russia, China, the non-aligned
      countries and the Muslim world all call for dialogue and reject war
      against Iran. Many Americans consider any pre-emptive attack on Iran
      to be immoral and illegal. Former President Jimmy Carter recently told
      CBS that diplomacy, not military action, is the best approach with Iran.

      Bush is ignoring James Baker's Iraq Study Group and all voices of
      wisdom, including Michigan's U.S. Sen. Carl Levin and U.S. Reps. John
      Dingell and John Conyers.

      Why would we deny Iran, with a population of 75 million, from having a
      peaceful nuclear facility for generating electricity like many other
      nations? This is Iran's right under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
      Israel never even signed the treaty, yet it is the only Middle East
      power with the ability to launch atomic weapons.

      When asked by a Counterpunch newsletter writer why the clause
      forbidding war on Iran without congressional approval was taken out of
      the recent congressional supplemental funding for the Iraq war, U.S.
      Rep. Michael Capuano answered, "AIPAC!" for the American Israel Public
      Affairs Committee.

      Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was not allowed to go to Ground
      Zero to pay respect to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, yet he
      invited the U.S. president to go to any university in Iran and talk to
      the academic community. Our country needs to end this antagonistic
      policy of confrontation, isolation and insult.

      After all, Iran has pledged $560 million over five years for helping
      to rebuild Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said, "So
      far, Iran has been a helper and a solution." And Iraqi Prime Minister
      Nouri al-Maliki recently said Iran has a "positive and constructive"
      role in helping improve security in Iraq.

      It's time to talk and walk the truth. The United States cannot afford
      another war. To protect the integrity and security of our nation,
      Americans must promote dialogue and understanding rather than
      Islamophobia and false accusations. May the Lord lead us on the
      journey to justice and peace.

      Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi heads the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn
      Heights. Please e-mail comments to letters @ detnews.com. [You can be
      sure that CAMERA and the psycho Zionist retirees will write in.]



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