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IRAN: Our senators are right on sanctions

Letter by Bernice L. Youtz, Tacoma on Jan. 24, 2014 at 10:01 am with No Comments »
January 24, 2014 1:00 pm

Senate Bill 1881 would call for even more severe sanctions on Iran, a move which could doom the opportunity to give diplomacy a chance. Some 59 senators signed on as co-sponsors, although a few are wavering.

The bill is heavily lobbied by AIPAC (America Israel Public Affairs Committee) and strongly urged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. I am glad to see that our two senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, do not support the bill.

The bill would not only increase sanctions but would essentially give Israel a green light to attack Iran should it choose, which could drag us into another Middle East war, perhaps the worst yet.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, a longtime supporter of Israel, declared, “While I recognize Israel’s concerns, we cannot let Israel determine when and where we go to war.” I thank Sens. Feinstein, Murray and Cantwell, and hope that more of their colleagues will join them.

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