Pax Christi tells US to get over "enemy" view of Iran
US peace group Pax Christi says Americans must overcome its stereotype of Iran in order to better assess President George Bush's claims that the Muslim nation is building nuclear weapons.
Catholic News Service reports that the Executive Director of US Pax Christi, Dave Robinson, made the comments on Friday following a 12-day visit to Iran in May.
"Enemy imaging dominates the US media," he said.
This makes Americans "easy targets" for accepting a US "preventive war" against Iran rather than a negotiated solution, he said.
"I have no idea if Iran has or not plans to make nuclear weapons," said Mr Robinson. But the US is promoting a fear that nuclear plans exist rather than saying it has evidence of a nuclear weapons program, he said.
Mr Robinson was part of a 25-member delegation of mostly US peace activists organised by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, an international interfaith peace movement.
Overcome 'enemy' view of Iran, Pax Christi official tells Americans (Catholic News Service 5/6/06)
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7 Jun 2006