Forum, May 18: Stop Trump’s Move Toward War

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Stop Trump’s Move Toward War

The Washington Post article on the Iran nuclear deal quotes President Donald Trump as saying, “If we do nothing, we know exactly what will happen” (“Trump Exits Iran Accord,” May 9).

Knowing “exactly what will happen” in international relations is never possible. But for us citizens, and for the global community, the more pertinent question is: “If we withdraw from our commitment to this agreement and reimpose sanctions on Iran, withdraw inspectors, etc., what is likely to happen? And what plan does the White House have to deal with what does happen?”

President Trump has now chosen to break our country’s promise with Iran, claiming that it’s not perfect. Iran has demonstrated its adherence to the agreement. Some of the questions raised by the president’s actions are:

Will it be a good thing that the cameras monitoring Iran’s uranium mines will be shut off, and that the 130 U.N. inspectors who live in Iran and inspect their sealed centrifuges and nuclear facilities will be sent out of the country?

Will it be a good thing that America, long a leader among nations, will now be known as a promise breaker?

Will it be a good thing to cede even more global leadership to China?

It’s time for New Hampshire and Vermont citizens to speak up and call on all our federal legislators to exert their utmost ingenuity and courage to restrain the president and his advisers from moving the U.S. — and Israel, too — toward war. Another war in the Middle East is now more likely to happen. Calling on congressional leadership is especially important in the case of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., who sits on both the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees.

What we can predict is that another Middle East war will place millions more innocent lives at risk and multiply the demands already burdening the national treasuries of the U.S. and our allies. We must rely on Congress to reach out to our European partners and other diplomats involved in the Iran nuclear negotiations to strategize on preventing a U.S. or Israeli war with Iran.

Bob Schultz


Crude and Cruel Remarks

Kelly Sadler, the White House aide who in an internal meeting stated that U.S. Sen. John McCain’s opinions about Gina Haspel’s torture history didn’t matter because “he’s dying anyway” is not fit to be anywhere near the government, media or other people. Her callousness knows no bounds and she should be fired at once.

Full disclosure: My grandmother is related to McCain’s family, and I have taken personal offense to Sadler’s crude, cruel and dismissive remarks about a national servant and hero who she will never come close to emulating.

Please join me in a campaign to see Sadler fired.

Alix Olson


The Media Is the Mouthpiece

Not long ago, I submitted a letter to the editor suggesting parallels between Nazi-era Germany and post-9/11 America. I imagine that most Valley News readers would find the comparison unreasonable, if not laughable. Uncle Sam is, of course, regarded as the primary force for freedom and democracy; the leader of the free world. There’s a reason for that perception, and that reason is well known to all. It’s our official-source mass media — owned by a handful of corporations, controlled by a handful of executives and financed by a handful of top bankers.

Amazingly enough, this is widely considered to be the true and reliable form of news, but is, in no way, a legitimate form of information for obvious reasons. The official stories we’re told are frequently implausible and often physically impossible. All of them should be subject to scrutiny and question. Personally, I don’t believe much of anything we’re told. The purpose is transparent — to manipulate public opinion and manufacture consent for an agenda that usually involves obscene amounts of violence, furthering the aims of a very few.

The Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda operated on the same principle, but without benefit of television. Joseph Goebbels, its minister, would be envious of what was possible to accomplish in our country because of that little technological advance. Too many still listen to those overpaid media personalities who act as mouthpieces for the corporate state. It should be obvious that things have gone horribly wrong in our country. I doubt that it will be very long before everyone knows just how much so. As the Reichstag fire was crucial to the formation of Nazi Germany, the 9/11 event initiated its equivalent in America. We will be remembered as another country that went crazy. People will wonder why nobody spoke up.

Neil Meliment


Haircuts Help Make-A-Wish

Please join Vivo Salon and Day Spa on Sunday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. as it hosts its fifth annual Cut-A-Thon to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This event is held in memory of my son, Daniel Somerville, who was diagnosed with cancer in 1993 at the age of 14. He was granted his wish just two days before he died, but what a blessing he and our family were given. Daniel got to meet his hero, NFL player Ronnie Lott, at a football game in Foxboro, Mass., his wish come true, and we continue to cherish this beautiful memory 25 years later. We are so thankful for Make-A-Wish.

Please help us raise money for this great cause by stopping by for a haircut, manicure or pedicure. In lieu of payment, Vivo Salon is asking for a donation to Make-A-Wish. You will also be able to purchase raffle tickets for prizes donated by local businesses.

This annual event has raised about $8,000. It has been an important part of keeping Daniel’s memory alive and we thank the salon and all the supporters who continue to make it possible.

Rose Smith


No to Keno but Yes to Poker?

I find it ironic that the Lebanon City Council would reject keno (with some of the money going to fund kindergarten), with no vote from the city voters because the councilors didn’t want to risk addicted gamblers having easy access to gambling. And yet, a for-profit gambling room is about to open in downtown Lebanon.

Perhaps the City Council should re-consider.

Selma Sanborn