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Frank Bernheisel
Posted 01.17.14
Just Outside Washington

FRANK BERNHEISEL

DON'T SUPPORT IRAN SANCTIONS

Dear Senator Warner,

I have contributed to your campaign in the past and recently received a new request to contribute.

Normally, this would be fine but there is a problem: your sponsorship of the bill to increase sanctions on Iran.

This bill, if passed, would destroy the only improvement in the relations between the U.S. and Iran since 1979. And I understand that the P5+1 agreement is not a final solution.

With Iran, the U.S. and our allies have only three options:

    (1) The U.S. increases sanctions and Iran keeps on enriching -- More U.S. sanctions at this time will destroy the P5+1 agreement and the coalition of support that the U.S. has constructed for this effort. It will allow Iran to claim that the ‘Great Satan’ has once again been duplicitous and justify Iran developing weapons.

    (2) An attack by the U.S. on Iran's facilities -- An attack would delay Iran's nuclear development but it would not end it. Also, an attack would start a war. Iran's terrorist allies would be unleashed to cause as much damage as possible to western countries and interests; Israel would be a prime target. Also, Iran would be able to justify nuclear weapons.

    (3) A negotiated resolution -- Any agreement has to have a quid pro quo, sanction relief for nuclear walk-back. The P5+1 agreement is a first step.

If Iran develops nuclear weapons, its neighbors will feel that they need them also. These would include Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. This proliferation would increase the likelihood of nuclear material and eventually weapons falling into the hands of terrorists. The negotiated resolution has the potential for a solution and deserves support.

Please withdraw your sponsorship and support for the bill to increase sanctions on Iran.

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