On Collision Course: Israel, Iran And US – OpEd


Is a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities possible as a result of the dramatically increasing and unstable relationship among Iran, Israel and the U.S.?  What does this mean for them, for us, for the rest of the world?  Two outstanding speakers will address this complex issue at Seattle’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral on Friday, December 2nd at 7:30PM.

USC Chemical Engineering Prof. Muhammad Sahimi, who has written extensively on Iranian politics and that country’s nuclear program will join Richard Silverstein, writer of the progressive political blog, Tikun Olam for this discussion of these critical and complex issues.  These will include the current program of covert black ops like the Iranian missile base explosion last week, cyberwarfare in the form of Stuxnet, economic sanctions and whether they can work, and whether Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon.  If so, what can/should the world do about it, if anything?

The evening will also include film clips from PBS and KUOW travel guru Rick Steves’ program,“Iran: Yesterday and Today.”

Sahimi is an active journalist having written for Payvand, Antiwar.com and the Huffington Post. He has been a regular columnist for PBS Frontline’s Tehran Bureau since 2008, and has written also for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard International Review and The Progressive.

Silverstein was recently featured in a front page NY Times story about his involvement with FBI whistleblower Shamai Leibowitz, who leaked secret U.S. transcripts documenting the aggressive intervention of Israeli diplomats into U.S. politics in order to create a hostile, anti-Iran climate. Silverstein is currently a regular contributor to Truthout and has also contributed to Comment is Free and Al Jazeera English.

The event is sponsored by Sabeel Puget Sound, the Cathedral’s Mideast Focus Ministry and American Friends Service Committee.  Admission to the event is by donation.  If you cannot attend but would like to help defray costs, please click the Paypal button in the sidebar.  Tax-deductible donations may be made by special arrangement with SABEEL.  Contact me for further information.  Join the Facebook event page or invite others in the Pacific NW who might attend.

This article appeared at Tikun Olam

Richard Silverstein

Richard Silverstein is an author, journalist and blogger, with articles appearing in Haaretz, the Jewish Forward, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian’s Comment Is Free, Al Jazeera English, and Alternet. His work has also been in the Seattle Times, American Conservative Magazine, Beliefnet and Tikkun Magazine, where he is on the advisory board. Check out Silverstein's blog at Tikun Olam, one of the earliest liberal Jewish blogs, which he has maintained since February, 2003.

One thought on “On Collision Course: Israel, Iran And US – OpEd

  • November 24, 2011 at 8:05 am

    The US is bankrupt, it is drowning in debt and financial analysts are expecting the US and EU to go into recession next year. The last thing either of them need is another war. Israel is welcome to take Iran on all by itself and the rest of us will just stand by and watch.


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