TX Sen. Ted Cruz, like WI Sen. Ron Johnson, has spoken out and written against the interim treaty with Iran regarding nuclear weapons development. I think both gentlemen are wrong.

Apparently Sec. of State John Kerry and other negotiators were not, according to Cruz, tough enough with “the brutal and repressive dictatorship”, pursuing a “policy of rapprochement with Iran that is dismaying to Jerusalem and encouraging to Tehran.” That the U.S. has a history of actively  supporting brutal dictatorships when they suit our purposes does not faze Sen. Cruz; at least with Iran we are trying, short of war, to keep a repressive regime from building a nuclear weapon.

Does Sen. Cruz demand that Israel allow nuclear inspections and sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty? No. Israel is thought to possess nuclear weapons and has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; the United Nations has called on Israel to submit to nuclear inspections and sign the treaty. For as long as Israel retains the right to have nuclear weapons in the volatile Middle East, the threat of a nuclear arms race in that area is likely to persist. If global nuclear disarmament is the ultimate goal, more pressure must be put on all the nations, including our own, to disarm and destroy their nuclear weapons.

Gun-type Nuclear weapon

Gun-type Nuclear weapon [“Little Boy” dropped on Hiroshima] (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cruz points out that Americans remain imprisoned in Iran and that a deal with North Korea in 1994 failed to stop that nation’s developing of a nuclear weapon. Both true, but Cruz fails to consider that the Iranians are more likely to release Americans held captive if sanctions are relaxed, and that treaties and agreements between nations have never been foolproof. Promises and trust can be violated, of course, between people and nations; negotiation is always based on hope and trust, and thus is risky. But it seems far less risky than its alternative.

The point of all diplomacy is to prevent the most dangerous foreign policy method there is– war. For every war, as the distinguished American poet William Stafford put it, “has two losers.” A nuclear war anywhere on earth would mean all of humanity (and much else besides) had lost.

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