"...If the Democrats truly wish to distinguish themselves from the Republicans and offer a 'new direction for America,' as Representative Ackerman claims on his web site, they must draft a new resolution - one that demands not threats of violence but diplomacy, not blockade but face-to-face negotiations with no preconditions, not sanctions but the exchange of ambassadors, not embargo but the opening of embassies, not covert operations intended at inciting unrest, ethnic conflict and regime change, but a nonaggression pact - all with the condition, of course, that both nations abide by the terms of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). That is, in return for an Iranian guarantee that its nuclear program is intended only for peaceful purposes and its cooperation in ensuring scrupulous inspections, the United States must end its bellicose posturing, sanctions and embargo, and abide by Articles I, II and VI of the NPT and reduce its nuclear arsenal, cease its development of a new generation of tactical nuclear weapons, and end its deployment of nuclear weapons around the world. This is the change we hope for; this is the new direction for America we must demand."CAMILLO "MAC" BICA, PH.D., IS A PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY AT THE SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS IN NEW YORK CITY. HIS FOCUS IS IN ETHICS, PARTICULARLY AS IT APPLIES TO WAR AND WARRIORS. AS A VETERAN RECOVERING FROM HIS EXPERIENCES AS A UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS OFFICER DURING THE VIETNAM WAR, HE FOUNDED AND COORDINATED FOR FIVE YEARS THE VETERANS SELF-HELP INITIATIVE, A THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITY OF VETERANS SUFFERING FROM POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. HE IS A LONG-TIME ACTIVIST FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE, A MEMBER OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR, AND COORDINATOR OF THE LONG ISLAND CHAPTER OF VETERANS FOR PEACE. ARTICLES BY DR. BICA HAVE APPEARED IN CYRANO'S JOURNAL, THE HUMANIST MAGAZINE, ZNET, TRUTHOUT.ORG, COMMON DREAMS, ANTIWAR.COM, MONTHLY REVIEW ZINE, FOREIGN POLICY IN FOCUS, OPEDNEWS.COM AND NUMEROUS PHILOSOPHICAL JOURNALS.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Camillo "Mac" Bica, t r u t h o u t, writes :