by Jerry Alatalo
“Peace is only possible if men cease to place their happiness in the possession of things ‘which cannot be shared’, and if they raise themselves to a point where they adopt an abstract principle superior to their egotisms. In other words, it can only be obtained by a betterment of morality.”
– JULIEN BENDA (1867-1956) French philosopher, psychologist
he unanimous resolution in the United Nations Security Council on the Joint Compromise Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran nuclear energy is a milestone in human history, and has resulted in a profound rise in collective peace consciousness. Most importantly, the agreement gives sure proof to all of what is possible when rational, honest discussion whose main goals are known by all becomes undertaken. Such endeavors fit perfectly and matches what criteria must become met in the annual awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Perhaps some day soon the combined, patient efforts of representatives from Britain, China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia and the United States will become the template and a common event, when men and women simply understand that discussion is the only, and superior, option for resolving differences between nations. One day soon, perhaps, the human race as one will look back on war and violence and see clearly how wrong, unnecessary and destructive were those choices, then express overwhelming gratitude for the discovery of wise, “win-win” solutions to historic problems.
From this point in the summer of 2015, during the time of year when families and friends around the Earth join together and enjoy the natural beauty and weather, those who persist in aggressive wars and violence of all variety – minor to major; physical, psychological or spiritual – will rightfully become perceived as practicing out-dated, absolutely un-evolved methods. One day soon, wars, violence, deception and all manner of infliction of harm upon fellow human beings will become universally recognized as actions out of step with the current level of human evolution; as actions that rightfully belong only on the pages of history books.
The JCPOA, as a historic event of profound significance, could be seen as analogous to humanity taking a good, long look in the mirror, coming to regret the unnecessary, harmful, destructive errors of the past – and current, then drawing upon the greatest moral strength available and vowing never again to commit those errors. Philosophers, religious scholars, theologians, adherents of the world’s great spiritual traditions, statesmen and women, artists, visionaries and countless generations from the beginning of recorded history have dreamed of, written and spoken about, and contemplated if it were possible to create… peace on Earth.
If it were possible to ask the men and women who have passed on and those alive now, every one would agree that the ideal time for peace on Earth is now.
Partial transcript of the address to the Security Council by Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Gholam Ali Khoshroo:
“No threats of sanctions or war could help sustain the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) in the long run if big powers fail to honor all its three pillars including total nuclear disarmament and right of all to use nuclear energy, and non-parties are rewarded by their intransigence. Looking out to the future, my government hopes that the JCPOA and Resolution 2231 herald a new chapter in the relations between Iran with the Council and the JCPOA participants. Iran is both in a position and willing to comply fully with its commitments under the JCPOA, because it is already committed to the fatwa of its supreme leader who has declared all weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons, to be haram (illegal under Islamic law), and its defense doctrine also so requires”.
“We hope that our partners as well as the Council do the same with regard to their commitments under the same documents. The desire expressed by the Council to build a new relationship with Iran is encouraging all member states to cooperate with Iran in the framework of the JCPOA, in the field of peaceful use of nuclear energy, and related projects – as well as its emphasis that the JCPOA is conducive to promoting and facilitating the development of normal economic and trade contacts with Iran – are all positive signs and all encouraging”.
“Mr President. While there is still focus on the nuclear issue, Iran expects it to have a wider positive implication for our region and the whole international community, including the following: First. The deal which was sealed on this basis of mutual respect and understanding is an important achievement for diplomacy over pressure and coercion, and could produce nothing with regard to Iran in the past 37 years. It reinforces faith in diplomacy as the most rational way to resolve differences in our interconnected world and shows that diplomacy can work and prevail over war and tension. It is therefore a clear message to those who still believe that they can achieve everything through force and coercion”.
“Second. The JCPOA has the potential to help trigger a major development in this region towards more cooperation and coordination aimed at addressing the real issues at hand. Thus, we earnestly hope that it helps turn the page in our region, enabling countries to close their ranks and fight resolutely against violent extremism and to move towards more cooperation to address the grave threats that our region and the world face. While our countries in the region have a very high stake in defeating terrorism, violent extremism and sectarianism, the JCPOA participants are also facing similar challenges in their security from this phenomenon. With the dust settled over the nuclear issue we are now free to focus on real issues and benefit from the better environment conducive to a wider cooperation among all actors”.
“Third. In the wake of this major development in the region, we renew our call to our neighbors and friends in the Persian Gulf and the wider region that Iran is ready to engage in good faith with all of them based on mutual respect, good neighborliness and brotherhood. We have many common challenges in our region to address, and many common opportunities to benefit from. This is the time to start working together against our most common and important challenges which includes above violent extremism”.
“Fourth. Israeli regime, following its central policy to start tension in the region, has done whatever in its power to sabotage and defeat any effort towards resolving this standoff over Iran’s nuclear energy program. In so doing, it proves once more that it does not see peace in our region in its interests and considers peace as an existential threat against itself. The ‘Iranophobia’ that they try to spread in the region and beyond is also to serve this nefarious purpose. Thus, we alert our friends and neighbors not to fall into their trap. In this context, it is also not surprising that the Israeli regime is the only obstacle in the way of establishing a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East that my country initiated more than 40 years ago, and has ever since promoted”.
“We believe that nuclear warheads stockpiled by the Israeli regime constitute a grave threat to peace and security in our unstable region, and the Security Council should live up to its primary responsibility under the United Nations Charter and take necessary action to neutralize this”.
“Mr President. Let me recall that Iran as a nation with a rich culture and civilization has withstood enormous millennial storms while being steadfast in preserving its independence and identity. These have not been acquired through oppressing others or reneging on commitments. The steadfastness of our delegation showed during the negotiation stemmed from the fact that we only accept commitments that we can abide by. As Iran is resolute in fulfilling its obligations, we expect that our counterparts remain also faithful to this. Only through honoring commitments, displaying good faith, and adopting the right approach can diplomacy prevail over conflict and war in a world that is replete with violence, suffering and oppression. In this context, the JCPOA provides a solid foundation for further and more effective diplomatic interaction”.
“Before I conclude, let me thank those ambassadors who supported the JCPOA and also those countries who helped this deal happen. And also let me briefly react to some baseless accusations leveled by some members… some previous speakers. It is ironic that the distinguished ambassador of the United States accused my government of destabilizing the region and terrorism. The country that invaded two countries in our region and created favorable ground for the growth of terrorism and extremism is not well-placed to raise such accusation against my country. Feckless and reckless acts of the United States in our region for so many years are at the root of many challenges that we are now facing in our neighborhood”.
“Iran is a stable country in an unstable region. As we want our stability to persist, we do promote the stability in the region and we help our neighbors to stabilize and cooperate toward this end”.
“In conclusion Mr President. Let me also inform you that my delegation, upon the instruction from my government, is forwarding this statement of the Islamic Republic of Iran following the action today by the Security Council, to be circulated as a document of the Security Council”.
“Thank you, Mr President”.
(Thank you to Nizar Abboud at YouTube)