1/1/2020: Reforming The JCPOA To Prevent A Nuclear Holocaust

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36 SIX-DEGREES-OF-SEPARATION E-MAIL CAMPAIGNS, 5 REPORTS & 8 REPRISES

We take great pride in our Six-Degrees-Of-Separation E-mail campaigns to America's decision makers which, with only a few computer keyboard key strokes, can be sent by each of our members (1) to the decision maker, and (2) to all of the member's friends and acquaintances requesting them to do the same in an unending chain.

Accordingly, we also take great pride that each of our official recommendations has been approved unanimously at one of our meetings or, at most, received only one dissent.

All 36 e-mail campaigns over the years are collected in this section. They include 8 e-mails sent by John Karls that did not receive an official endorsement for the rest of our members to send. The titles of the 28 official recommendations are ALL CAPS and the titles of 8 unofficial recommendations are lower case.

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There is also a 1/20/2021 “Report” of our JCPOA Working Group.

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1/1/2020: Reforming The JCPOA To Prevent A Nuclear Holocaust

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Reforming The Iran Nuclear Deal (aka JCPOA) To Prevent A Nuclear Holocaust In The Middle East


All 192 of our members were invited on 12/19/2020 to join a new “Working Group on The Iran Nuclear Deal (aka JCPOA)” in our weekly e-mail on that date – a copy of that e-mail is posted in Sec. 8 of www.ReadingLiberally-SaltLake.org entitled “Working Groups Currently Underway” – the posting including the text of that e-mail is available at viewtopic.php?f=619&t=2011&sid=899c95ba ... 64f98a869f.

The first official action of The Iran Nuclear Deal (aka JCPOA) Working Group was to send a letter on 1/20/2021 via FedEx Overnight to President Biden on the subject of “Reforming The Iran Nuclear Deal (aka JCPOA) To Prevent A Nuclear Holocaust In The Middle East.”

Here is a copy of that letter –


It should be self-explanatory. As stated in the letter, it enjoyed unanimous support from our 192 members.

The FedEx Tracking No. is 782820885644.

The Iran Nuclear Deal (aka JCPOA) Working Group will continue to monitor events in order to take additional action as may be needed.

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The Iran Nuclear Deal and Wendy Sherman

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Subject: The Iran Nuclear Deal and Wendy Sherman
From: ReadingLiberally-SaltLake@johnkarls.com
Date: Mon, January 25, 2021 1:32 pm MST
To: The Iran Nuclear Agreement (JCPOA) Working Group
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Dear Friends,

For the sake of good order, this is a record of our consideration this morning of whether to launch one of our Six-Degrees-Of-Separation E-mail Campaigns against the Senate confirmation of Wendy Sherman as Deputy Secretary of State. Wendy Sherman was the “lead negotiator” on the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal.

We have already written on January 20 Inauguration Day to President Biden on the subject of “Reforming the Iran Nuclear Deal (JCPOA) To Prevent A Nuclear Holocaust in the Middle East.”

A copy of that letter is available for download in Section 1 of our website at viewtopic.php?f=23&t=2021&sid=0efe920f5 ... 12dc1bccf1 and in Section 8 of our website at viewtopic.php?f=619&t=2022&sid=0efe920f ... 12dc1bccf1.

By way of background, we decided to send our plea to President Biden as a simple letter rather than as an e-mail campaign because our organization has achieved such visibility/effectiveness over the years that simply posting the letter on our bulletin board (even though we sent the original by FedEx overnight) would immediately bring it to his attention (or at least the attention of his primary foreign-policy advisers).

As so often happens, Foreign Affairs Magazine almost immediately published on January 24 a summary supporting jumping back into the Iran Nuclear Deal. The summary is the first attachment to this e-mail.

We have no “inside information” about whether their Jan 24 “summary” was a reaction to our letter to President Biden. However, this sort of thing (regardless of what organization seems to be reacting to us and the lightning speed with which the seeming reactions occur) happens so often, it is hard to believe that they are coincidental.

[The second attachment to this e-mail is a 2018 Foreign Affairs article written by Wendy Sherman which was referenced in the Jan 24 Foreign Affairs “summary” – both of which defend the Iran Nuclear Deal.]


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Observations about the Jan 24 Foreign Affairs “Summary”


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The second paragraph of the “Summary” quotes Wendy Sherman as saying –

“The Iran deal was not perfect” [but it provided] “the best possible assurance that Iran would never obtain a nuclear weapon.”

The truth, as stated in our letter to President Biden, is that the Iran Nuclear Deal “guarantees Iran nuclear weapons by 2030” and this was “recognized from the start.”

So Wendy Sherman’s “Washington speak” that the Iran Nuclear Deal was “the best possible assurance that Iran would never obtain a nuclear weapon” means that IN WENDY SHERMAN’S JUDGMENT it was NOT possible to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.


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The last sentence of the “Summary” states –

“The question now is not only how to revive the 2015 agreement but ‘what kind of relationship the United States would like to have with Iran in this century.’”

Our letter to President Biden agrees that the question now is what kind of relationship we would like to have with –

(1) A country “that since 1984….has headed the list of the world’s “State Sponsors of Terrorism” (a list that the U.S. State Department is required to maintain under Sec. 6(j) of the Arms Export Control Act and under Sec. 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act and a list it took Iran only 5 years after the Shah was deposed to head continuously for the last 37 years),”

(2) Even worse, a country whose “behavior has grown continually worse (rather than better) in the wake of the Iran Nuclear Deal,”

(3) And worst of all, a country whose acquisition of nuclear weapons AS GUARANTEED BY THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL will cause the “Gulf State Six” to acquire their own nuclear weapons which, in turn, will lead in our judgment to a nuclear war that could easily wipe out the 50% of the world’s population which is downwind from the Persian Gulf and wipe out the 50% of the world’s oil supply that comes from, or downwind from, the Persian Gulf.


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Wendy Sherman’s Nomination as Deputy Secretary of State

I did not hear any objection this morning to my position that we should NOT oppose Wendy Sherman’s nomination as Deputy Secretary of State because –

(1) President Biden is on notice of the dangers of agreeing to another Iran Nuclear Deal and MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON HIS SOUL if he opts for any deal that does not satisfy our criteria;

(2) President Biden is capable of providing “guard rails” for Wendy Sherman and his other negotiators; and

(3) Denying President Biden his nominee would provide a convenient excuse for a failure to honor our plea.


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If anyone believes the foregoing is inaccurate, please let me know by the end of the day.

Sincerely,

John Karls

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Pres. Biden’s Global Warming Solution: The Iran Nuclear Deal

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Yesterday (Sat Feb 20), I posted on our bulletin board (at viewtopic.php?f=629&t=2034&sid=db903a5e ... ac31f04c1c) an exchange of e-mails with John Karls on the subject of “Seeding The Earth’s Atmosphere To Halt Global Warming.”

Research on that topic was discussed in the third paragraph of the Postscript of the 4/5/2019 letter that we sent to each of the Democrat Presidential Candidates, which was then attached to a letter to the Moderators of the first five Democrat Presidential-Candidate Debates.

That postscript said --

********** 4/5/2019 Presidential Candidate Letter Postscript **********

“It is well known that large volcanic eruptions will throw into the atmosphere gases and dust particles whose shading of incoming solar radiation can cool the earth for months and even years.

“[This has caused some wags to remark (however, true) that Global Warming can be solved by occasional, small nuclear wars which, of course, will be much more likely if a nuclear-arms race occurs between “The World’s Greatest ‘State Sponsor of Terrorism’” (The U.S. State Department’s long-standing legally-required description of Iran) and “The Gulf Cooperation Council” (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, The United Arab Emirates, and Oman).]

“In a similar vein, there has been research on seeding the earth’s atmosphere with various substances to achieve the same effect as volcanic eruptions or small nuclear wars. Such an approach (vs., for example, merely adopting the most economical energy source which happens to have no carbon emissions) is likely, at the very least, to incur legal liability. After all, The Russian Federation refused to ratify The Kyoto Protocol for many years because Global Warming would increase Siberia’s growing season -- until the European Union finally agreed to subsidize Russia’s economic loss. [Similar economic disparities were bridged in the Paris Climate Accord by the U.S. promising to adopt uneconomic measures virtually immediately in return for the world’s other great carbon polluters’ adopting uneconomic measures in the distant future.]”

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The second paragraph of that postscript bears repeating --

“This has caused some wags to remark (however, true) that Global Warming can be solved by occasional, small nuclear wars which, of course, will be much more likely if a nuclear-arms race occurs between “The World’s Greatest ‘State Sponsor of Terrorism’” (The U.S. State Department’s long-standing legally-required description of Iran) and “The Gulf Cooperation Council” (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, The United Arab Emirates, and Oman).”

Why?

Two days ago (Thursday Feb 18) President Biden announced his intention to grovel his way back into the Iran Nuclear Deal (aka JCPOA).

On Inauguration Day (Jan 20), we sent a FedEx Overnight letter to President Biden imploring him NOT to grovel his way back into the Iran Nuclear Deal. A copy of that letter (and FedEx tracking information) is available at viewtopic.php?f=23&t=2021&sid=eafa0b3f2 ... d88329d2ec and at viewtopic.php?f=619&t=2022&sid=eafa0b3f ... d88329d2ec.

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Our letter listed the most glaring inadequacies of the Iran Nuclear Deal --

(1) It does NOT provide for “anytime anywhere” inspections,

(2) It does NOT impede at all Iran’s development of nuclear-capable short-range and inter-continental ballistic missiles (which are typically launched with such slogans painted on their sides as “Death to Israel” and “Death to the Big Satan” aka the United States – BTW, Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has often, even in the wake of the JCPOA, led crowds in chants of “Death to America”), and

(3) It guarantees Iran nuclear weapons by 2030.

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Our letter pointed out that --

“Supporters of the Iran Nuclear Deal have argued that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who was born in 1939, is likely to have departed the scene by 2030. However –

(1) Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is just as rabid as his predecessor, Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who ruled Iran from 1979 when The Shah was deposed until 1989.

(2) So why should anyone think that Iran’s theocratic dictatorship -- only approved candidates are permitted to run for INFERIOR offices NOT INCLUDING “Supreme Leader” -- would produce a successor for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who is any different from him or from his predecessor?

(3) After all, the record shows that since 1984, Iran has headed the list of the world’s “State Sponsors of Terrorism” (a list that the U.S. State Department is required to maintain under Sec. 6(j) of the Arms Export Control Act and under Sec. 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act and a list it took Iran only 5 years after the Shah was deposed to head continuously for the last 37 years).

(4) And worst of all, Iran’s behavior has grown continually worse (rather than better) in the wake of the Iran Nuclear Deal.

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Our letter spelled out in greater detail the point of the second paragraph (quoted above) of the Postscript of the 4/5/2019 letter to the Democrat Presidential Candidates (including Candidate Joe Biden) as follows --

(1) A nuclear Iran will immediately cause the so-called “Gulf State Six” to go nuclear!!! After all, they have no more faith in the so-called American “nuclear umbrella” than President Charles de Gaulle who pulled France out of NATO in 1966 in order to develop French nuclear weapons which the U.S. then derisively called the “Force de Frappe.”

[The “Gulf State Six” could immediately buy nuclear weapons from, say, Pakistan or North Korea, if not on the “black market” from a variety of sources.]

[As you know, the ‘Gulf State Six,” more formally known as the “Gulf Cooperation Council,” comprise Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (aka UAE), Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.]

(2) A nuclear war between Iran and the “Gulf State Six” might well constitute “Valhalla - The Twilight of The Humans” and would, at the very least, mean that –

• With the world’s prevailing winds flowing from west to east, half of the world’s population could be wiped out by nuclear radiation, and

• With half of the world’s oil supply coming from the Persian Gulf or downwind from the Persian Gulf and becoming radioactive, the world could become impoverished overnight.

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Conclusion

It would appear that President Biden is intent on groveling his way back into the Iran Nuclear Deal even though he is on notice that his decision will result in wiping out half of the world’s population and impoverishing the world overnight!

At least his decision will put enough particles in the world’s atmosphere that we won’t have to worry about Global Warming again for a while!

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