Will Congressional Rejection of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Lead to War?

Posted July 29, 2015

MP3 Interview with Paul Kawika Martin, political and communications director with Peace Action, conducted by Scott Harris

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The battle in Congress over the future of the nuclear accord signed by Iran, the U.S., France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany on July 1 is heating up. The agreement, designed to limit Iran’s nuclear capabilities to peaceful, civilian purposes, in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, has drawn sharp criticism from Republican members of Congress, GOP presidential candidates, Israel and Saudi Arabia among others. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has labeled the Iran nuclear deal as a “historic mistake,” has stated his intention to lobby Congress to reject the deal. Several powerful pro-Israel groups in the U.S. have announced the launch of a public relations ad campaign to persuade lawmakers to oppose the agreement. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, has created a stand-alone group, Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran, that will spend $20 million to 40 million to convince legislators to support a resolution of disapproval in sufficient numbers to override a promised presidential veto.

Of all the statements made in opposition to the Iran nuclear agreement coming from the 16 announced Republican presidential candidates, the harshest by far was delivered by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. In a July 25 interview Huckabee said of Obama, “This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven,” a direct reference to the World War II Holocaust where the Nazis systematically murdered over six million Jews. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Paul Kawika Martin, political and communications director with Peace Action who talks about the role of the U.S. peace movement in mobilizing support for the Iran nuclear accord and the consequences if Congress should succeed in derailing the agreement.

For more information on Peace Action, visit their website at peace-action.org/.

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