BY SHARON MARTIN
Netanyahu has been worrying about Iran’s nuclear capabilities for decades. All that time Israel has had nukes. Is Iran worried about Israel? They should be.
Now, I don’t want Iran to have nuclear weapons. I wish North Korea didn’t have them. I really wish Putin didn’t have them. I wish the United States, Israel, and all of earth were nuclear-weapons-free. We aren’t, so we’d better come up with foreign policy that doesn’t make people want to kill us.
Neighborliness is the best foreign policy. Israel would be safer if they treated their neighbors with more respect. What if they started by treating the Palestinians like full citizens?
You can’t make one group of residents second-class citizens and expect them to behave themselves behind their walls and checkpoints. You can’t throw barbs at your neighbors and expect them to throw back flowers.
As for Christians who are sure Netanyahu is a hero of the end time, it isn’t up to you to make Armageddon happen. If you truly believe in the New Testament, you also have to believe man knows neither the time nor the hour. God’s time is unknowable. And making war and failing to try for peace is not holy.
The same people who now praise Netanyahu for his political stunt were praising crazy Putin for his decisiveness just a few months ago. They also think Reagan was a decent man and a good president. They are easily manipulated.
Israel will get money from the taxpayers, as usual. That money will come back to U.S. arms manufacturers, as usual. And the tax money that I’d love to see used for healthcare for all, universal education, infrastructure, and the arts will go into the pockets of said arms manufacturers, just as their paid legislators arranged it.
Nothing changes here except that the world is a little less safe if the U.S./Iranian negotiations stall.
Netanyahu isn’t the wronged party here. That would be us, friends, the American taxpayers.
Mr. President, I’m rooting for you and your negotiators. Let’s make a deal with Iran. Let’s go even farther and make friends with a potential enemy.
I am not naïve enough to believe it will be easy, that there will be no pitfalls. But I do believe that diplomacy and negotiations will make the United States, Israel, and the world safer than any war ever did.
– Sharon Martin lives in Oilton, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer