October 11, 2009
The Need to Heed the Dangerous Threats from Iran, Israel and U.S.
by Arn Specter, Phila. (Twitter and Op Ed News  )
The following three stories,
1) Iran threatened by U.S. buster bomb 
led me to thinking about the dangerous events taking place today
in troubled regions around the world. thus the following.
All of development of bigger and better weapons by the U.S.
Iran and Israel can only lead to further alienation and danger
for people and nations. Instead of more weapons we need more
diplomacy, to find ways to get along with one another. Yes, that
sounds trite and simplistic but gets to the core of the problems - and the
solutions, if there is cooperation and a willingness to work towards
finding ways for nonviolent and peaceful means to calm things down now
and in the years ahead.
More diplomacy means more communication between those in power
and their associates, along with those from other nations and International
Agencies working on ways to foster positive, progressive changes among
nations and in regions; such as the Middle East. The United Nations
Security Council might call such a meeting in the near future citing these
current weapons developments as cause for grave concern to the region
and the international community. Threats and counter-threats need to be
challenged in open forums for discussions and agreement making to stem
the tide of potential violence that could harm millions of people.
Let us advocate then for diplomacy efforts by the United Nations, the
European Union, the Arab League, the U.S., Iran and Israel and other
interested nations and organizations before things deteriorate further.
This current name calling and threatening is childlike but extremely
dangerous and needs to be calmed by discussions with openmindedness
by those involved in the meetings.
At the same time the people and legislative bodies of our nations need
to consider carefully the potential harm of more weapons developed
versus the possible long-term benefits from nonviolent, diplomatic actions
which could engender peace and security for all concerned. Disarmament
would greatly help the cause for peace. Those in positions of responsibility
in government need to turn away from influence from military contractors
and deny funding for more weapons development. People and NGO's
(non-governmental agencies) need to lobby those in legislatures to do just
that while supporting peacemaking agendas.
As militarization escalates worldwide the world community is challenged
to raise awareness and take action to stem this tide of arming for defense
and national and regional security. These weapons and military minded
perspectives are simply too dangerous now to be left to control and
dominate national and regional developments. While we are having talks
to reduce nuclear weapons and all that goes along with keeping things under
control in that sphere we also need talks about developments of conventional weapons and the vast sales and purchases of them worldwide.
Corporate profits before the security needs of people is reprehensible
yet has been the way of doing business for decades now. Politicians
listen to the corporate lobbyists, accept their contributions, and vote for more
appropriations for militarization and continuing the wars. These shameful
acts of greed and self-serving interests need to be challenged much more
along with some conscious raising about the benefits of a world at peace
rather than at war. Corporations need to be held accountable as well as
politicians who act in their favor instead of listening to the pleas of their
constituents, and those hurt, maimed and killed by the may wars we've
engaged in over the years.
Too the U.S. needs to join with the Internationals Community who have
worked hard over the years developing treaties which levy various sanctions
on weapons development, sales and use; such as the Mine Ban Treaty,
the Cluster Munitions Ban Treaty and the Arms Trade Treaty. These and any
other treaties that curtail violent means in war need to be appreciated by those
people in the U.S. Administration and Congress who have the power and responsibility to join forces with so many other nations who have taken the
progressive steps foward and decided against further war making weapons.
Let us then join forces and use our hearts, minds and spirits to advocate
positive developments in world and foreign affairs, to cast some light
upon the darkness of man's consciousness, to help lift us up so that we
can respect and appreciate peoples of all nations and their inherent rights
to peace and security in this troubled world. Let us take away the power
and influence of the war makers and give strength to the progressives and
peacemakers in this country and in other nations around the world. Onward
and upwards for progress in the Light.
Arn Specter, Phila. (Twitter and www.opednews.com  )