The United States, Europe and other world powers are engaged in important diplomatic efforts with Iran to curtail that country’s nuclear program. Congress should not sabotage this important diplomacy with new sanctions and saber-rattling measures that would jeopardize the progress (limited as it may seem to be) that our diplomats have worked so hard to achieve so far. Even though the current talks have not produced the interim agreement hoped for, diplomacy must continue. Also, the long-range goals of a nuclear-free Middle East, and a world free of nuclear weapons achieved through peaceful means, should never be abandoned.
I urge Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski to vote against new sanctions, and I hope they will publicly support these efforts toward a diplomatic resolution of the decade-long standoff over Iran’s nuclear program.
The Friends Committee on National Legislation has more info on how to peacefully prevent war and a nuclear-armed Iran: www.fcnl.org/syria.