Sometimes, waging peace is anything but passive.
Sometimes it’s an assertive, in-your-face thing.
It’s all-out “peacefare.”
This is precisely what has to be the case in standing up to the hateful, jingoistic, “religist” leaders of Iran.
What a historic disaster these vitriolic rulers have been for a once-proud Persian people in the 33 years of the so-called Islamic “revolution” – yes, as with the Castros in Cuba, a
dictator’s “revolution” is never done.
But it’s one thing to oppress your own people; it’s quite another to actively, covertly and overtly threaten another, as these warmongers do constantly.
While the U.S. and Europe tighten the sanction screws on the Iranian regime in order to try to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has ratcheted up the rhetoric – calling Israel a “cancerous tumor that should be cut and will be cut.”
He said it was justified “to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and in that, the Islamic government of Iran must take the helm.”
Now, you may laugh that off as the rantings of a nutcase with blood in his eyes. Yet, this guy not only sets official state policy, but he’s also apparently the gospel to a lot of Muslims. And he says Iran will support anyone who attacks Israel.
He’s inviting war, and not just in words: If the Jewish state decides Iran’s nuclear weapons project is at the point of no return, it may have no choice but to try to destroy it. That would be just the alleged provocation the haters in Tehran would love.
Those of us who want peace cannot be silent.
First, pray. Second, show the world that the forces of peace can and will overwhelm the perpetrators of war – in communications with your member of Congress, in letters to the editor, in calls to talk shows, in social media and, when the opportunity presents itself, in marches and protests aimed at standing with Israel and with freedom and peace.
Encourage our leaders, and anyone else who will listen, to stop all commerce and contact with Iran unless and until the good people of Iran throw off their oppressors and the world’s tormentors.
The U.S. also should ask itself: Why should we belong to any organization that would have the Iranian regime as a member? Isn’t it time the United Nations changed the locks on the Iranian offices? Isn’t it time the U.S. insisted on it? What good is a “United Nations” in which one member openly lusts for war with another? Is there anything that can get you tossed out of this club?
Isn’t it time we truly isolated and neutered the warmongers?
It may not be enough for governments to take action. The people of the civilized world should rise up against the Iranian regime in righteous and determined defiance. You don’t have to sit next to Israel to stand up for peace.
The world, yet again, is at the crowded and debris-strewn intersection of War and Peace. Some – such as the bigoted and malevolent rulers in Tehran – would have us turn toward war.
It’s never been more urgent or important to turn them back.