May 9, 2008

Over the past year, PSR has been very involved in the campaign to prevent a military strike against Iran. PSR has brought the issue before Congress, been part of delegations traveling to Iran to meet with government and civil leaders there, written and spoken widely, and co-sponsored educational events.

Dr. Gould, along with PSR board member Dr. Vic Sidel, authored and spearheaded the passage of a resolution through the American Public Health Association (APHA) calling on the U.S. to “clearly state it will not launch a preemptive military strike on Iran.”

Dr. Gould continues his efforts with a note to U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein outlining PSR’s position. Her response to Dr. Gould appears below:

Date: Friday, May 9, 2008

Dear Dr. Gould:

Thank you for writing regarding U.S policy towards Iran. I appreciate your thoughts on this topic, and welcome the opportunity to respond.

In my capacity as a Unites States Senator I have sought to contribute to efforts to bring peace and stability in the Middle East. Through this experience I have come to believe that only by bringing to bear the best efforts of diplomacy can real progress be made towards this goal. I believe the United States should pursue a robust, diplomatic initiative with Iran on all issues and without pre-conditions.

We should put together a package of carrots and sticks that will serve as the basis for discussion with Iran, and encourage it to become a peaceful and positive member of the international community. Please know that I have noted your thoughts, and will continue to keep them in mind as the Senate continues to debate U.S. policy towards Iran.

Again, thank you for writing. I hope that you will continue to write on matters of importance to you. Should you have any further comments or questions, please feel free to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.
Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein

United States Senator