Tehran, 8 Dec. (IPS) In a move to demonstrate their, and the nation’s preoccupation from the antagonistic attitude of the Iranian Government with the international community, more than 600 Iranian women told the clerical-led authorities that they would not support the regime’s nuclear ambitions if war is the price to pay for it.
United in a new organization named “Mothers For Peace”, the signatories of a petition warned the fanatic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that he should stop at once all nuclear activities if it is to cost Iran a war: “We all know what war means, for like most Iranian mothers, we have had our sons, fathers, brothers, husbands lost in a war”, the petition said, published on Friday in a blog named “motherspeace.blogfa”.
“Mothers For Peace” in a petition warned the fanatic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that he should stop at once all nuclear activities if it is to cost Iran a war:
The petitionists, most of them female activists, expressed their concern about the regime’s nuclear ambitions at a time that the Government was jubilating about a recent report by American intelligence community stating that Iran had stopped its nuclear programmes for military end in 2003.
In fact, that was the year that the then nuclear negotiation team, led by Hojjatoleslam Hasan Rohani, the Secretary of the Supreme Council for National Security (SCNS) had promised to a European “Troika” made of Britain, France and Germany that it would stop enriching uranium on a voluntary basis provided the Troika would in exchange help Iran getting access to advanced nuclear technologies for peaceful use.
“We, Mothers for Peace, would like to express our deepest concern about the critical situation of our nation”, stressed the petition, signed by many female artists, political activists, lawyers, intellectuals, scholars and journalists.
An offshoot of the National Committee for Peace, created recently by Mrs. Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian female human rights activist and lawyer 2003 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and several other Iranians political and human rights activists to coordinate the activities of all Iranian groups and organizations that work for peace, the Mothers For Peace referred to the sanctions imposed on Iran by the United Nations Security Council to warn the Government about the worsening conditions of Iran in international community.
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The unprecedented warning is seen as a response to Mr. Ahmadinejad’s description of all those who opposes his controversial nuclear programmes as “traitors”. “We are seriously concerned about the price our children would have to pay for nuclear activities that could bring war upon us”, the petition further said.
Observers noted that the initiative from Mothers for Peace comes at a time that the Government is increasing crackdown on all activists, mostly women, students, intellectuals, scholars and journalists.
“The more Ahmadinejad and his Government are getting unpopular, the more severe the crackdowns”, commented one female journalist freed recently from prison for having taken part in a demonstration calling for women’s rights.
“We want to live in peace and security. We know what war is and we don’t want it to be the destiny of our sons”, Mrs. Khadije Moghaddam, one of the signatories of the petition told the correspondent of the influential Spanish daily El Pais in Tehran, Angeles Espinoza.
Meanwhile, In the Persian Gulf island State of Bahrain; Mr. Robert Gates called on Arab nations, particularly the Arab Sheykhdoms, to put all their pressures on Iran to abandon its nuclear activities, noting that the report compiled by the American intelligence agencies do not say that Iran has not reverted to atomic programmes for military use.
The unprecedented warning is seen as a response to Mr. Ahmadinejad’s description of all those who opposes his controversial nuclear programmes as “traitors”.
“Ahmadinejad is jubilating about the report, which he described it as a “great victory” for Iran, but he do not realizes that his ship, like that of the American President George W. Bush, is taking water and the crew is leaving it”, commented the same journalist, adding: “Very probably, the aim of that report is to recover for the American intelligence community part of the disgrace and infamy they suffered in Iraq, by deliberately lying about the Iraqi nuclear situation. They don’t want repeat the same mistake again, this time with Iran”. ENDS PEACE MOTHERS 81207