As citizens of this blessed and beautiful land, Americans are called to save our country and the rest of our human family from a possible "World War III." The declaration last Thursday by the Bush administration of the harshest sanctions against Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and calling Iran "the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism" foreshadows a new tragedy in the Middle East.
Tens of thousands of Americans staged anti-war rallies across the country to condemn President Bush's warmongering policies in Iraq. On Iran, we should follow the lead of these American patriots, who would love to see their country become a source of hope and human harmony rather than of fear and intimidation.
There are bigger issues than Iran. There is turmoil in Pakistan; terrorism continues in Turkey; 93 percent of the world's heroin comes from Afghanistan; Israel brutalizes Gaza, and another confrontation brews in Lebanon, while the Iraqi mess and misery continue.
But the administration beats the drums for another war in the region. The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said on CNN on Sunday that he had no evidence that Iran is building nuclear weapons. He expressed concern about the escalating rhetoric and how the United States is adding fuel to the fire. (MORE)