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How To Stop A War

Growing consensus on a nuclear-free Middle East.

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The war clouds are gathering as both Israel and the United States continue to make threatening gestures over Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions. And yet, it is rarely mentioned that Israel has a known stockpile of nuclear warheads … and that the presence of these warheads is the primary catalyst for the regional nuclear arms race. All that is beginning to change: a global push is now underway to make the entire Middle East a nuclear-free zone. Already there are signs that the world could reach consensus on this proposal. For one, a recent poll revealed that 64% of Israelis would support a nuclear-free Middle East that included Israel and Iran. This meme may be the only practical initiative that can bring peace.

Now the Guardian reports that in December, 2012 Finland will host “a historic conference bringing Iran and Israel together with Arab states to discuss a ban on nuclear, chemical and biological weapons in the Middle East… A British foreign office spokesman said the UK believed that a Middle East free of all WMD and their means of delivery was an achievable goal, and one which was vital to the long-term peace and security of the region… The promise to work for the creation of a WMD-free zone in the Middle East dates back to 1995, when states without nuclear weapons demanded it as part of the price for them to stay in the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) and not seek their own arsenals.”

At #OCCUPYCHICAGO and beyond, can we seize the historic opportunity of back-to-back G8 and NATO summits and begin dictating to our leaders what we, the people, want? Can Occupy end the Iran war before it begins with a simple demand that 99% of the world, including Israelis and Iranians, can get behind: a nuclear-free Middle East as a concrete step toward a nuclear-free world?

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Anonymous

I think CONSENSUS was already there.

I think what's growing is the WEST's realization that they themselves are a bunch of criminal idiots with no actual plan for anything other than domination and genocide.

Anonymous

As usual the West blaming it on their lackey Israel as if the West's own gigantic nuclear arsenal and their continuous acts of genocide and terrorism for decades if not centuries in the Middle East, is not also a "catalyst" for the "regional" nuclear arms race.

As always, wanting full access and participation while at the same time wanting to maintain the appearance of a desire to remain at arms length.

Plausible Deniability.

qrs1900xc

Yeah, I'm a huge supporter of the nuclear free middle east idea but do we really think that is a realistic possibility while we sit on the world's largest stockpile of nuclear weapons? At the very least I think the world will have to make a pact to go nuclear free to make any progress. Obviously, the USA with the most WMDs will dictate the rules, but we need to set a plan for getting rid of our nuclear weapons and stick to it. If we appear to follow through in good faith other countries should, and hopefully will, follow suit. Hopefully, this crisis in the middle east will prove to be an opportunity of peace instead of the beginning of a war (possibly WWIII).

Anonymous

I can't believe were going to declare war on Iran over there unexpected nuclear plant.......

Just let the UN Inspector inspect all of them so that we can get it over with either a Yes or a NO!.....

You can't declare war on Iran for no reason......

Inspector must Inspect everything......

It's like arresting anyone guilty without any proof! Law points that no one is proven guilty now till in the court of law.....

Anonymous

The US is losing whatever tattered shreds of global respect they had left faster than a whore at Sunday service.

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