The Iranian Threat And the need for Divestment Leaders Weapons Terror
<ul><ul><li>Iran has begun testing new nuclear equipment, as shown above. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Iran ignores international pressure to cease or even discuss its top secret nuclear program, causing speculation that the program is not for peaceful purposes. </li></ul></ul>Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, shown at left, visits the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility to inspect its advanced centrifuges, the PS-2. Why Does Iran Pose a Threat?
Michael Hayden, Director of the C.I.A., has publicly stated he believes Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons. He declared that Iran only tolerates the sanctions imposed on it, because it has “the desire to keep the option open to develop a nuclear weapon” World Leaders Consider Iran ’ s Nuclear Program a Threat
Iranian Rocket Test (2006): Unclear: Iran ’ s missile, nuclear and non-nuclear, capabilities Clear : Iran ’ s secret nuclear program endangers the western world The Western World Is at Risk
<ul><li>Iran drives terrorism in the Middle East: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Iran is the world ’ s leading state-sponsor of terrorism. It supports groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas by providing them with weapons and money. </li></ul></ul>Even the Iranian Army ’ s Revolutionary Guard, as shown in the picture above, has been designated a terrorist organization by the United States government.
Many countries are pressuring Iran to cease its nuclear program and support for terrorism by enacting economic sanctions. For Example: The United Nations Security Council passed sanctions in 2007 in order to isolate Iran from the global economy. The United States ’ Iran Sanctions Enabling Act of 2007 was passed by Congress in order to further isolate Iran from United States and foreign monetary support
The Need for Divestment Many US cities and states have legally invested their workers ’ pension fund money in foreign companies who invest in Iran ’ s energy sector. American money still reaches and supports Iran. This must stop. Divestment allows for legal withdrawal of pension funds from companies investing in Iran. It should be supported .
<ul><ul><li>Educate yourselves and others about the Iranian threat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sign the Divestment NYC petition being circulated by students to gather support for New York City divestment of its pension funds. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spread the word. You can make a difference. You will make a difference. </li></ul></ul>