Negotiations, not war,
needed with Iran
BY LU ANN FRANKLIN
Times Correspondent | Friday, September 26, 2008
Iran will actively pursue nuclear weapons of mass destruction to deter the United States and Israel from military strikes against its sovereignty. And for humanitarian and economic reasons, negotiations, not war, with Iran are vital to Middle East stability.That was the consensus of a panel of Middle Eastern experts who participated at Purdue University Calumet’s lecture series on global understanding Thursday evening at the Hammond campus.
“We intended on having a panel with different perspectives,” said moderator Yahya Kamalipour, director of the Center for Global Studies and professor and head of Purdue Calumet’s Department of Communication and Creative Arts. “Eli Lake is on the other extreme side of this discussion.”
Rupp said that “the Iranians are hell-bent on acquiring weapons of mass destruction.” However, he said that “if diplomacy does not succeed, I would not support a military strike against Iran.”
“The effect will be dead babies, just like the U.S. left in Vietnam and Korea,” said Kirstein, who described himself as a pacifist. “Dead civilians, dead innocents, needless suffering.”
“Forty percent of the world’s oil goes through the Strait of Hormuz,” he said. “It would cause massive economic problems if it was closed.” In addition, an attack on Iran would unleash Hezbollah, the Middle East’s leading radical Islamic movement which would definitely retaliate with terror attacks on the U.S. and its allies, Preble said.
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