From the Executive Director's Desk...
"Is this the day it will happen?" I ask myself that almost every
morning when I wake up, and I expect many of us who keep an eye on the
Middle East ask themselves the same question. "It" is the turning point
in the face-off between Iran and most of the rest of the world. "It"
could be Iran convincingly signaling it is ready to back away from its
nuclear weapons program, or Russia and China declaring they are joining
the U.S., the E.U. and the U.N. in imposing punishing sanctions on Iran,
or the White House announcing it is moving military assets into
position preparatory to military action against Iran, or Israel
launching a unilateral preemptive attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.
One thing seems certain: The present situation won't go on
indefinitely. There is too much at stake for all the parties involved.
Someone is going to blink, and someone is going to act.
The best case scenario has Iran making the rational decision to give
up its dream of nuclear weapons. At the other end of the spectrum would
be Israel acting alone, triggering retaliatory attacks by Iran,
Hezbollah and Hamas, with insufficient or no support from the United
Israel advocates in metro Detroit can take action to make the best
case scenario more likely and the worst case outcome less so. We can
send messages to Congress to continue its support of increasingly severe
sanctions, and to President Obama insisting that the U.S fully support
Israel if it attacks Iran. Congress and the White House must be clear:
This is not only to protect its ally Israel, but also in defense of
America's national interest and truly to promote global security.
Join me in sending those messages to Washington by clicking here.
Robert Cohen, Executive Director, JCRC