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Because: Unitarian Universalist Principles affirm the worth
and dignity of every person, justice in human relations, and the goal of world
community with peace, liberty and justice for all;
Whereas: Bombing Iran’s
nuclear sites and military infrastructure would probably kill thousands,
including many hundreds of civilians;
Whereas: Bombing sites belonging to the Quds wing of the
Iranian Revolutionary Guard or imposing a naval blockade would be an act of war
and jeopardize settlement of the nuclear question, and a blockade would bring
hardship to innocent civilians;
Whereas: The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear
Weapons affirms “the inalienable right of all the Parties to the Treaty to
develop… nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination”;
Whereas: The Bush administration has failed to fulfill its
commitment under the Non-Proliferation Treaty “to pursue negotiations in good
faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an
early date and to nuclear disarmament”;
Whereas: The National Intelligence Estimate issued in
December 2007 states that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003, while
keeping the option open for the future;
Whereas: Direct diplomacy between the United States and Iran
would be the most effective means of achieving peaceful compliance from Iran,
and assurances from the United States that it will respect Iran’s security are
essential in order to persuade Iran permanently to forgo a nuclear deterrent;
Whereas: Iran has an indispensable role to play in negotiations to curb
sectarian violence in Iraq and curb wider war, and such negotiations are an
essential part of an orderly withdrawal of United States forces from Iraq;
Whereas: An attack on Iran would undermine moderates within
Iran and seem to vindicate the extremist and unacceptable statements of its
current president about Israel and the United States, and it could increase
terrorism in the Middle East and globally;
Whereas: War with Iran could disrupt world oil supply, with a
severe impact on the U.S. economy; and
Whereas: Communities in the United States are suffering from
severe cuts in social service funding because of spending on the Iraq war and
can expect further cuts in the event of a war with Iran;
Therefore, be it resolved: The 2008 General Assembly of the
Unitarian Universalist Association affirms the right of all nations and peoples
of the region to peace and security and calls upon member congregations to urge
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