Monday, June 30, 2008

Dear Mr. Key

Dear Mr. Key

Re: "Drumbeats of War", NZ Herald, Monday, June 30, 2008, pA13

Can you please inform me what, if any, view the National Party might have of a possible attack on Iran by Israel, the United States, or any other nation?

I am aware that claims have been made by the US and Israel that Iran is attempting to make nuclear weapons.

I am aware they have so far presented no credible evidence to support these claims.

I am aware that the IAEA has found no evidence of any nuclear weapons programme in Iran.

I am aware Iran, an Islamic theocracy, denies any such programme and has declared that nuclear weapons are un-Islamic and contrary to the will of Allah.

I am aware Iran asserts that electronic documents from US and Israeli intelligence services are forgeries. These documents purport to show a link between the civilian nuclear program and the Iranian military. The US and Israel have refused to allow Iran, or anyone other than the IAEA, to examine the subset of (electronic) documents they claim as solid proof.

As Israeli rhetoric has recently shifted from "if" there will be an attack to "when" there will be an attack, I think it important and urgent that the New Zealand government express a view on any such attack that makes it very clear any unprovoked attack on Iran is unjustifiable and that an attack without authorisation from the UN Security Council, based on clear ,unequivocal evidence, would be a war crime. I would hope your party would support such action.

The current campaign against Iran is very similar to the one against Iraq in 2002 and 2003: a rising tide of unsupported claims and aggressive rhetoric and propaganda. Then comes the attack.

Your answer to this question is particularly important as your party, had it been in government in 2003, made it very clear you would have joined those invading Iraq despite the then obvious lack, to me and millions of others, of any credible proof of the claims being made by the Bush Administration against Iraq. We now know President Bush lied to start that war and it has seen disastrous and unnecessary loss of life and the squandering of trillions of dollars.

I hope the National Party would learn from the lessons of the very recent past and object in the strongest possible terms to any such attack should it occur. I hope you would urge the Government to also refuse to join in any subsequent escalation of any conflict arising from the aftermath of such an attack.

Yours sincerely, ......etc

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