US Peace Activists Meet With Ahmadinejad – Bash Israel & US

Useful idiots meet Mahmoud–

Leah Bolger, the current and first female president of Veterans For Peace, met with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York City. (Eugene Weekly)

US “peace” activists met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday. They read him a letter defending the regime and attacking Israel.
Iranian Fars News reported:

Members of Veterans For Peace, along with other US peace activists, met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Addressing the meeting, veterans For Peace President Leah Bolger stressed VFP’s commitment to doing everything possible to prevent a US or US-assisted attack on Iran.

Bolger also said VFP hopes to send a delegation to Iran in October.

Bolger’s full prepared remarks follow:

“Good evening. Salaam alaikum President Ahmadinejad, Honored Government Officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran, distinguished guests and colleagues.

“I am most pleased and honored to be in attendance with all of you, and to be able to represent Veterans For Peace–an organization of men and women who draw upon their experiences as military veterans to oppose war and militarism. By educating the public about the true costs of war, we hope to reveal its senseless immorality and to bring enough pressure to bear to end it.

“It is no secret that this meeting carries some controversy-but the truth is that this gathering is really quite remarkable-what other heads of state are having meetings such as this? While you, Mr. President, have invited dozens of people to come together for discussion and dialog, the US government has denied visas for 20 high-level Iranian diplomats and government officials. Veterans For Peace believe that open dialog is critical, and is very much appreciative of the opportunity this evening.

“Veterans For Peace is gravely concerned by the bellicose language coming from the government of Israel and the US regarding Iran, as well as the words that President Obama is NOT saying-and that is, that the government of the US will NOT support a military attack on Iran by Israel. We believe that without a specific denial of support for such an attack, that Israel will interpret this as tacit approval.

“We note that Iran has been a signatory to the NPT since its inception in 1968, even though it does not have a nuclear weapons program. Israel, on the other hand, which is NOT a signatory to the NPT has a fully developed nuclear weapons program, but does not acknowledge that it exists.

“We also note that Iran fully supports a “Nuclear Weapons-Free Middle East Zone,” yet this proposal has been dismissed out of hand by Israel, and has been virtually ignored by the US media.

“In 1928 the United States and Persia signed the largely forgotten but still binding Kellogg-Briand Pact that outlaws all war. Iran and the United States and 79 other nations are parties to this treaty according to the US State Department’s website. Furthermore the UN charter makes it clear that even the threat of war is a violation of international law.

“The point of everything I have just said is to note that it is not the government of Iran that is beating the drum for war.

“As veterans, we understand the true damage that is caused by war, and as Veterans For Peace, we feel it is our obligation to use our unique voice to point out ways in which war may be averted. We know that it is much more difficult to end wars once begun, than to prevent them from the beginning; therefore we are doing our utmost to stop this one before it starts. With regard to the current situation between the US, Israel, and Iran, we believe that the following actions would be productive measures in averting a war with Iran:

1. The US should announce that it will revoke the $3B it gives Israel every year in military aid, should Israel attack Iran.
2. Insist that Israel be held to the same standards of openness and transparency that it demands of Iran with regard to its nuclear program, to include allowing IAEA inspectors into Israel, and signing on to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
3. Remove its Carrier Battle Groups, loaded with dozens of nuclear weapons, from the region. Discontinue “military exercises” in the area.
4. Express full support for the Helsinki meetings in December, and the “Nuclear Free Middle East.” Pressure Israel to attend this meeting, which is scheduled for this December.
5. Stop using US veto power to protect Israel from being held accountable for its actions by the UN.

“The main point I am trying to make in these remarks is that no matter what political differences of opinion we may have, the government of Iran, and more specifically, the people of Iran, have done nothing to warrant military action by either Israel or the US. The Iranian government maintains some policies with which we may disagree, but that disagreement does not justify the collective punishment of the people of Iran with economic sanctions (which VFP considers immoral and a violation of international law) and it most certainly does not justify military actions. One of the tenets of the Veterans For Peace statement of purpose is to prevent OUR government from interfering overtly or covertly in the affairs of other nations. VFP supports the self-determination of all peoples.

“Veterans For Peace wishes to acknowledge Iran on its recent assumption as the leader of the Non Aligned Movement, and the successful summit held in Tehran just weeks ago. Our organization seeks opportunities to work with organizations within NAM countries to resist and oppose war and militarism.

“Veterans For Peace will continue to resist our country’s propensity for war-we will be demonstrating in the streets, we will be lobbying our Congressmen, we will be speaking out, we will be arrested and we will be jailed. We will study the cultures of others, and learn from them and we will seek every opportunity for dialog and relationship-building with those our government labels as our quote, “enemy.” VFP seeks the opportunity to send a delegation to Iran at the earliest opportunity. There is a strong interest in our organization to meet with veterans of other nations because military veterans understand the reality of war-the deaths, the physical and mental injuries of our own military as well as those against whom we have fought. We know the Iranian people suffered greatly when Iraq chose to attack Iran in the long, eight year war and that you too have programs to help your veterans deal with the horrors of war. It is my hope that such a visit may be organized in the very near future.

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  • Stephana

    And I refuse to submit!

  • mossomo

    The irony is that she is gay and Iran hangs their homosexuals.

  • Campfollower

    I hope the FBI has some good stuff on this chick. Sounds like she should just go ahead and stone herself… she’s half way there anyway.

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  • tick tock tick tock … as we continue to watch all the little pieces of this evil come together (lots of useful idiots, as well as those who know what they are doing) and see those like ‘occupy’ get all caught up in it, remember, they want complete and total domination. It will eventually boil down to their way or the highway. Whether we as individuals are aware of it or not (I know everyone here is aware, I’m speaking about the average uninformed American), we are choosing a side.

    THESE PEOPLE ARE TRAITORS TO AMERICA.

  • stuart

    Dear Leah:
    “Veterans For Peace.” That’s funny. In our last bout with Nazis, the German ones, there were no organizations known as Veterans For Peace. My Father, who served in that war in the battle for Okinawa, would have called you TRAITORS. I will take my father’s word over yours anytime.

  • briscuit

    #2 My first thought was ‘hope you are not gay and you’d best cover it up honey’. That is an irrony if she really is gay, and once she leaves, we won’t be seeing her again, so bu bye.

  • Patty

    Key Jewish NYC Dem Leaders: Don’t Trust Obama on Israel

    [……………]

    Dov Hikind Democratic Assemblyman representing the 48th District is well respected especially amongst Orthodox Jews across the country. Hikand told the NY Post he’s fed-up with the way President Obama has treated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the Jewish state deals with threats from Iran.

    The Assemblyman is ready to hit the campaign trail for the GOP Candidate:

    “Florida. Pennsylvania. Wherever Romney needs need me, I’ll be there,” Hikind said.

    Arguing that Obama has been a bad president, Hikind said he was particularly infuriated that the president couldn’t find the time to meet with Netanyahu during the UN conference but has schmoozed with celebrities at New York fund-raisers.

    “Israel is under the gun. Israel is the target of Iran. Israel’s existence is being threatened. And Obama doesn’t have time to meet with the Israeli PM? It’s insulting. It’s degrading. This president scares me,” Hikind said.

    “I’m a Democrat but not a knee-jerk Democrat. I’m only loyal to America and the survival of Israel.”

    In a recent Fox News appearance Hikand was just as strong in his objections to Obama.

    Also expressing disgust at the President’s Israel policy is Ed Koch. Koch appeared on the Aaron Klein radio show yesterday and said he doesn’t trust President Barack Obama on Israel but supports him because he thinks he will be re-elected

    “I believe that he is going to win whether I vote for him or not. I believe that he is going to win. So wouldn’t it be better that he wins changing his positions?” he told Klein
    […………….]

    And Video, this gentleman is a fighting and patriot and he is going to any state that will listen, he is a patriot for U.S. AND ISRAEL. He speaks the truth that the bias media won’t tell you.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/24/Key-Jewish-NYC-Democratic-Leaders-Warn-Don-t-Trust-Obama-On-Israel

  • why do you call these people peace activists, they are communists! it they were for peace they would be protesting AGAINIST the man that wants to wipe israel off the face of the earth. ahmadinejad represents the greatest threat to peace in the world today. stop letting the left define the narrative.

  • Wayne

    Oh Leah, it’s so sweet of you to think you will get peace from that region of the world, but you won’t. Don’t you dare say you represent military veterans of the UNITED STATES. I’ve been a veteran about as long as you’ve been alive and I can tell from your comments you know NOTHING about what it’s like to be a veteran, you know NOTHING about Israel and why they are our ally, and you know NOTHING about the culture you’re dealing with when you talk about open discussions with the likes of Ahmadinejad. Go back in the hole you crawled out of and leave world policy to the grown ups! By the way, change the name of your organization….you don’t represent any veteran I know….and believe me, I know a lot of them!!!

  • Israel better watch out if the zipster is re-elected. Even if he isn’t the lame duck session is going to be a disaster.

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  • Robert

    So “Veterans For Peace” says nothing about the nuclear ambitions of the nation it is supporting, nor about that nation’s leader’s ongoing announcements to eliminate another entire nation, nor about that nation’s leader’s denial of the Holocaust.

    “Veterans For Peace” are nothing but a bunch of one-way tools fools.

  • Patty

    #12 September 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm
    ∅ commented:

    Israel better watch out if the zipster is re-elected. Even if he isn’t the lame duck session is going to be a disaster.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~

    And that is a scary thought, too. This nation better get themselves together and quick.

  • dwd

    GO LIVE IN IRAN

  • democraps suck

    maybe the dumb a$$es should go live over there and see how life will be…incredible whack jobs

  • gracepmc

    That young lady in the photo might find that wearing a burqua may not be all it’s cracked up to be. Then again her thought process doesn’t go that far. Surely that arcane clothing and the abuse of women will fall to the wayside when peace is achieved.

  • Nelle

    This is a group that would not have done this 50 years ago, because upon coming out of a meeting with an enemy they would have taken a serious beating. And any police nearby would have turned their backs. Traitors back then had to go underground. Now like locusts, they and their spawn are emerging.

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  • Nanna

    I never thought I would see the day when people would turn on this wonderful country in favor of the evil of a foreign enemy. It is treacherous and should be dealt with as such. This isn’t freedom of speech, it is treason!!

  • oldguy

    What with the anger displayed by Blacks, Homosexuals and Feminists, it may come to pass that the only refuge for White, Hetrosexual Males will lie in membership in Islam. Don’t think this is possible? Take a look at what has been happening in Scandinavia for the last 40 years or so. White males have been throwing their hands up for years.

  • bg

    ++

    September 26, 2012

    I’m Curious

    [How many Irish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italians or Mexicans have come to America for the specific purpose of infiltrating our military to commit acts of terror and infiltrate our legal/governmental system for the express purpose of destabilizing America from within?

    It is worth repeating–I haven’t witnessed Catholics raping and beheading people nor setting New York on fire because of pagan works that are masqueraded as art. I’ve yet to read or witness death threats by Baptists and Mennonites against contemptible and evil anti-God leftists who commit sacrilege against the true God.

    [..]

    No country can stand against the weight of itself when it is being torn
    apart from within by those whose singular focus is to do same through
    stealth and subterfuge.]

    ==

  • greenfairie

    People like her are simply anti-American and will ally themselves with anyone else who is anti-American, including anti-Semites, douchebags, psychotic misogynists, and religious zealots…but enough aboug Ahmadinejad.

  • Winston Wolfe

    They’re not useful idiots. They’re fifth-column scum.

  • The real Wow

    Where does free speech end and treason begin, Ms. Bolger?

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  • Patty

    OT but on the same vein. Only Obama style:

    Obama: ‘Future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam’

    Obama: ‘Future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam,’ dwells on video instead of terrorism

    In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly today the President of the United States declared that the future does not belong to practicing Christians. Already, the media and the left are in full denial, probably based on their general lack of understanding of theology. This would have been a gaffe had Mitt Romney said it. But with Barack Obama, he’s just speaking bold truths. His bold truth declares that the future does not belong to practicing Christians.

    Pay careful attention to what he says:

    “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied. Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims, and Shiite pilgrims. It is time to heed the words of Gandhi: “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.” Together, we must work towards a world where we are strengthened by our differences, and not defined by them. That is what America embodies, and that is the vision we will support.”

    Now, that’s the full paragraph so no one can claim I took him out of context.

    But consider this.

    It is an orthodox Christian belief that Mohammed is not a prophet. Actual Christians, as opposed to many of the supposed Christians put up by the mainstream media, believe that Christ is the only way to salvation. Believing that is slandering Mohammed. That’s just a fact. If you don’t believe me, you go into the MIddle East and proclaim Christ is the way, the truth, and the life and see what happens to your life.

    http://twitchy.com/2012/09/25/obama-future-must-not-belong-to-those-who-slander-the-prophet-of-islam-says-video-more-than-terrorist/

  • freeus

    We were told these guys, the terrorists, were not going to meet with OWS types. Someone lied. There were many from this group at OWS gatherings. So, the radicals, the Left, and the terrorists will unite to destroy America.

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  • Economan

    A peace group met in solidarity with a man who exports Islamic revolution, funds terrorism, and funds the genocides and religious persecution of Jews and Christians? The left is nuts.

  • Does anyone have access to U.S. Navy records? This woman is said to be a 20 year veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired as a “Commander.” I don’t believe it.

  • T-bone

    Please take her to Iran. We will even pay for the one way ticket….

  • lynno

    traders,thats all !!! I go down to the local masque burn Egypts,Pakistan,Afganistan,Palistinian and Yemenie flags, and say down with Islam and your false prophit Mohammad. Free speech or jail?

  • Radegunda

    “it is not the government of Iran that is beating the drum for war.: —
    So which part of “Israel will soon be annihilated” does that moron not understand?

  • “Bolger also said VFP hopes to send a delegation to Iran in October.”

    So how soon after October will we be hearing about the VFP members arrested for espionage in Iran?

  • Mike Reid

    I thought Christians were to Love Thy Neighbor? I think many of you need to work on your own beliefs before you criticize another.