Letter: Diplomacy first
To Sen. Kelly Ayotte: We think that your co-sponsorship of a bill that would increase sanctions on Iran is unnecessary, dangerous and foolish. The bill you have co-sponsored, “Nuclear Weapons Free Iran Act of 2013,” would impose even heavier sanctions on Iran and undermine the president’s efforts to affect a positive outcome concerning Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.
The Senate bill you support, if passed, would torpedo any possible peaceful outcome. The five permanent members of the Security Council of the U.N. plus Germany have negotiated an agreement with Iran that would ensure that Iran will never obtain nuclear weapons capability. The U.S. and the P5-plus-1 struck a deal with Iran. Give it a chance to live up to this agreement. Voting to bring in new, more punitive sanctions will only sabotage the ongoing negotiations.
We, therefore, strongly advise and request that you withdraw your support for this bill. Americans are weary of war and are aware of how much our recent wars and occupations have cost us in human terms and financially. Congress must demonstrate to the world that the United States is moving away from war as a means of “solving” disputes with other nations and will begin to support genuine diplomatic efforts to resolve conflicts that may arise with other nations.
Sen. Ayotte, we urge you to try diplomacy first, as war is costly and deadly.
WILL THOMAS and CAROLYN CICCIU
Auburn and Goffstown