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Published:February 2nd, 2010 12:14 EST

If You Like War in Iraq, You'll Love War on Iran

By SOP newswire

Blast from the past! GWB "Rhetoric"

Washington, D.C. " With the Bush administration ratcheting up its rhetoric against Iran and press reports indicating that a military attack is under consideration, experts from the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation are available to comment on why a U.S. attack against Iran would be dangerous, fuel anti-Americanism throughout the Muslim world, and place at further risk the lives of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the past week, President Bush suggested that a nuclear-armed Iran could lead to World War III. " Vice President Cheney echoed this loose talk on Sunday by calling the government in Tehran a growing obstacle to peace in the Middle East " and promising serious consequences " if the government there does not abandon its nuclear program.

We can`t bomb a country simply because we don`t like it. Doing so would be recklessly shortsighted and only strengthen the hand of hardliners in Iran , " said Carah Ong, Iran Policy Analyst at the Center. If we want to see a change in Iran`s behavior, we must pursue courageous diplomatic leadership to establish a serious sustained dialogue. "

The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation has led efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the confrontation with Iran - including direct talks without preconditions. This has included a petition urging members of Congress to prevent a military attack (http://www.armscontrolcenter.org/iran), a position paper exploring the path to a diplomatic solution (http://www.armscontrolcenter.org/assets/pdfs/position_statement_iran.pdf), and a study indicating that there is no such thing as a clean " military strike against Iran (http://www.armscontrolcenter.org/policy/iran/articles/risky_business_attacking_iran _bad_idea/index.html).