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My 3rd Reply

1 March 2012

Dear Senator Jeff Merkley,

Thank you so much for your reply. I share the same sentiments as Sean Stone and salute his courage. He is a child of God, he seeks the truth and he will get it because the silent majority will slowly muster the courage to follow his footsteps to stop the bombing of Tehran. Stone on O’Reilly show also predicted that an Occupy Tehran movement akin to Occupy Wall Street is on its way, and he suggested that President Jimmy Carter be enlisted to help solve the problems in Middle East. I hope Hollywood and your good self would also support this cause for a better and brighter world.

America must not rush into any military decision like what they had done in Iraq because regret will be too late. George Bush Jr was tricked by the ‘Jewish Hawks’ who had told him that Iraq got Weapons of Mass Destruction and he went in without thinking of the consequences. The end result as we all had witnessed was a total disaster and especially for America!! The experience in Iraq had shown to the Americans that they need to have a rational mind. Please read what Robert Bird got to say on the preemptive strike on Iraq and I have taken the end paragraphs for your reading, http://www.worldharmonyday.com/news_us-iraq_3robert.php

“As if that were not bad enough, members of Congress are reluctant to ask questions which are begging to be asked. How long will we occupy Iraq? We have already heard disputes on the numbers of troops, which will be needed to retain order. What is the truth? How costly will the occupation and rebuilding be? No one has given a straight answer. How will we afford this long-term massive commitment, fight terrorism at home, address a serious crisis in domestic healthcare, afford behemoth military spending and give away billions in tax cuts amidst a deficit, which has climbed to over $340 billion for this year alone? If the President’s tax cut passes it will be $400 billion. We cower in the shadows while false statements proliferate. We accept soft answers and shaky explanations because to demand the truth is hard, or unpopular, or may be politically costly.

But, I contend that, through it all, the people know.

The American people unfortunately are used to political shading, spin, and the usual chicanery they hear from public officials. They patiently tolerate it up to a point. But there is a line. It may seem to be drawn in invisible ink for a time, but eventually it will appear in dark colors, tinged with anger.

When it comes to shedding American blood – – when it comes to wrecking havoc on civilians, on innocent men, women, and children, callous dissembling is not acceptable. Nothing is worth that kind of lie – – not oil, not revenge, not re-election, not somebody’s grand pipedream of a democratic domino theory.

And mark my words, the calculated intimidation, which we see so often of late by the “powers that be” will only keep the loyal opposition quiet for just so long.

Because eventually, like it always does, the truth will emerge. And when it does, this house of cards, built of deceit, will fall.”

How high the cost America got to pay but on the other hand Israel came out without a scratch because they achieved their goal to get others to do their dirty work to bomb Iraq and one more less threat for them. Now they want history to repeat again because this time Iran is the threat. If you look at the Iraq war it looked kind of silly for America because the rest of the world are doing so well financially while you were and still are trying to keep the world safe and meanwhile America is going downhill besides so many deaths of young soldiers. Ask yourself IS IT WORTH IT? If America is to go down it should go down on its own term but not again to let others pull America down due to their insecurity and fear.

In an interview on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, this was what Mr Brzezinski said, “We don’t need to go to war and we have to make that very clear to our Israeli friends. We’re not going to go to war. They’re not going to go to war by flying over our airspace over Iraq. We’re not going to support them. If they do it, they will be on their own. The consequences will be theirs, because the price we’ll all pay if they start a massive war, which the Iranians interpret as being done with our connivance, will be disastrous for us in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in the terms of oil, stability in the Middle East more generally.”

The Israelis and Palestinians is the root cause to this world problem, thus the world would need to fix this problem first before the rest can be resolved. As long as America and the world delay the act of helping the Palestinian people to have a homeland,  the world will not have peace, harmony and unity. Senator Klobuchar said, “Compelling Iran to abandon its support for terrorism, promote the rights of its citizens, and terminate its nuclear enrichment program is critical to meeting the goal of long-term stability in the Middle East and around the world.” I don’t think this is the way the world sees it because as long as the Palestinian people still do not have a homeland,  the prospects of  long term stability in Middle East and around the world will remain bleak.

Love, light, peace, harmony and unity,

Sunflower Chong

 

From: Senator Jeff Merkley <Senator_Merkley@Merkley.senate.gov>
To: sunflower_chong@yahoo.com
Sent: Friday, February 24, 2012 12:08 AM
Subject: In response to your email about sanctions on Iran

Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley

Dear Chong,

Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts about sanctions on Iran.  I appreciate hearing from you and the opportunity to share my perspective.

I agree that we must do everything we can to avoid military conflict with Iran, and I believe sanctions are an important tool in that effort.  The possibility that Iran might develop nuclear weapons is becoming a very serious threat.  In November 2011, the International Atomic Energy Agency released evidence that demonstrates that Iran is carrying out research, development and testing activities on technologies that would only be useful in designing a nuclear weapon.  This capacity would have a dramatically destabilizing effect on the Middle East and beyond, and pose a significant national security threat to the United States.

Without question, the best way to prevent this outcome is an aggressive effort to achieve a negotiated solution.  However, thus far, Iran has refused to negotiate.  Therefore, I support the United States and international community in imposing tough, multi-lateral sanctions.  Sanctions on Iran’s energy and banking sectors have begun to have a substantial adverse effect on the Iranian government and will, I hope, push the regime towards a diplomatic resolution.

Thank you, again, for sharing your thoughts with me.  Please know that I will keep your views in mind as the situation in Iran unfolds.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey A. Merkley
United States Senator

 

20 February 2012

Dear Senator Jeff Merkley,

Today is World Harmony Day I have just written to President Obama with the hope that he can stops the Netanyahu government to bombing Iran and let diplomacy succeed because the world cannot afford another war.

http://dearmmlee.wordpress.com/category/barack-obama/today-is-whd/

Thanks for all your support.

Love,

Sunflower Chong

 

My 2nd Reply

26 January 2012

Dear Senator Merkley,

Thank you very much for your sincere and balanced reply. You said, “I have therefore been disappointed that over the past year, the two sides seem to have moved further away from meaningful negotiations.  Actions by either side that seek to change the status quo risk undermining the trust necessary to reach a long-term solution that is critical to the well-being of both sides.  There are incredibly difficult issues to resolve, including the final status of Jerusalem and the right of return of displaced Palestinians.  Neither side is going to be able to resolve those unilaterally, and I hope that both Israelis and Palestinians will calibrate their words and actions so as to improve the prospects for fruitful peace talks.”

Firstly, they have moved further away because Mr. Netanyahu continues to stall any talks and refuses to soften the hard line he has taken with regard to recognizing that the Palestinians have a right to a homeland just as Israel has had. If Israel really wanted to resolve this conflict, why are they not implementing the peace agreement signed in Oslo in 1993?

“Actions by either side”?…how about the Israelis boarding a peaceful Turkish ship trying to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza and killing people? I think that the US overlooking that action is embarrassing and shows a favoritism for the Israelis that is unfair and unjustified by their actions. It’s very easy to use the attacks from Gaza as a shield for ignoring everything that the Israelis do that are not justified and should never be defended. We should all be embarrassed by the inequity.

I would like to go straight to the point that I hope could possibly break the status quo. America can put forward a vital proposal to make a breakthrough for both parties.

EITHER JERUSALEM AS THE CAPITAL OF PALESTINE AND NO RIGHT OF RETURN FOR THE PALESTINIANS

OR

AN ISRAELI JERUSALEM AS THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL AND THE RIGHT OF RETURN FOR ALL THE PALESTINIANS WITH FULL COMPENSATION SINCE 1948

These are the sticking points and once we make this breakthrough, the rest will be easy to resolve.

Let’s pray President Obama can convince both parties that the status quo cannot remain and that they have to make a choice for the sake of their children’s children. There should not be any more blood shed on either side. Yitshak Rabin’s death should mean something, his sacrifice should have meaning in that peace can be a reality.

Love, light, peace, harmony and unity,

Sunflower Chong

 

From: Senator Jeff Merkley <Senator_Merkley@Merkley.senate.gov>
To: sunflower_chong@yahoo.com
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 6:53 AM
Subject: In response to your email on the Middle East conflict

Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley

Dear Chong,

Thank you for contacting me to share your views about the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Middle East.  It is an honor to serve as your Senator, and I appreciate hearing your views on this important issue. I share the view held by many world leaders, including President Obama and former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, that resolution of the long-standing conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians will be best achieved through a two-state solution. I support establishing an independent, stable, and economically successful Palestinian state, alongside a safe and secure Israel. Although the Israelis and Palestinians themselves must make the difficult compromises for peace, I believe the U.S. can and should play a key role in helping achieve these goals. Advancing toward this vision will take a high level of commitment by both parties, vigilant attention to Israel’s security concerns, substantial international investment in the Palestinian economy, and concerted international cooperation. I support greater participation and involvement by the Arab states, both in moving towards diplomatic and economic ties with Israel and by encouraging peace and stability in the Palestinian territories. Everyone in the region has a great deal at stake in these negotiations and should contribute to a lasting and comprehensive resolution. I have therefore been disappointed that over the past year, the two sides seem to have moved further away from meaningful negotiations.  Actions by either side that seek to change the status quo risk undermining the trust necessary to reach a long-term solution that is critical to the well-being of both sides.  There are incredibly difficult issues to resolve, including the final status of Jerusalem and the right of return of displaced Palestinians.  Neither side is going to be able to resolve those unilaterally, and I hope that both Israelis and Palestinians will calibrate their words and actions so as to improve the prospects for fruitful peace talks. Please know I will continue to support all reasonable and fair efforts to advance the peace process in the Middle East. The United States has a vital national interest in peace and stability in   the region, and I am hopeful that the Administration can help Israel and the Palestinians find a way forward that gives all people the opportunity to live peacefully and freely.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me, and please continue to keep me informed about issues that concern you.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey A. Merkley
United States Senator

 

My Reply

13 January 2012

Dear Senator Jeff Merkley,

I am so happy to receive your reply sharing my views with your staff mean you are concerned about how people are looking at this issue. First let me wish you and your staff a belated Happy New Year. With your support and that of your fellow senators, may the New Year bring great hope and joy to the Palestinian people and the realization of their wish of a homeland in Palestine.

So far I have received 16 letters from the Senators and I have replied to them all. To see my responses, please see, http://dearmmlee.wordpress.com/category/petition-palestine/

I am not an intellectual, just an ordinary citizen who loves God with all my heart. Though I feel great love for humanity I am fearful  for the loss of Palestine if the world remains indifferent to the Israelis’ and Palestinians’ conflict. I have written of that fear, please see: http://dearmmlee.wordpress.com/category/petition-palestine/my-greatest-fear-palestine/

As I am sure you realize, no one is asking Israel to return the 78% of the land they have stolen from the Palestinian people. Nor have the Palestinians asked for the enforcement of the 1948 agreement in which the United Nations agreed to give the Palestinians 45% of the land. The Palestinians have only asked the Israeli government to implement the 1993 Oslo agreement signed by Yitshak Rabin. The Palestinians have been waiting for almost twenty years to have a homeland for their people. Is it not their right to ask for what has previously been agreed to be implemented, especially on the world stage? Should Israel be allowed to remain above the law of the world?

Well, I have said enough and I can only pray that you and your colleague will join hands with me in this cause for justice and put pressure on the Israeli government to conclude the deal so that world harmony can be a reality very soon. Will raising our voices to draw attention to injustice make a difference? I hope so, and that the dream of a Palestinian State can soon be a reality.

Love, light, peace, harmony and unity,

Sunflower Chong

 

From: Senator Jeff Merkley <Senator_Merkley@Merkley.senate.gov>
To: sunflower_chong@yahoo.com
Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 5:52 AM
Subject: Thank you for sharing this information with me

Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley

Dear Chong,

Thank you for contacting me to share the petition regarding Palestinian statehood.

I appreciate the time you have taken to share this information with me, and I would like you to know I have made note of your thoughts and shared this information with my staff.

I hope you will continue to keep me informed about the issues that matter most to you.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey A. Merkley
United States Senator

 

3 December 2011

Dear Senator Jeff Merkley,

I hope to get your support for this Petition for a Palestinian State.

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/call-for-support-for-a-palestinian-state.html#sign

The success of the “Arab Spring” tells us that a “Global Spring” is possible to achieve, too. And it can begin with nothing more than a click of your mouse supporting our petition. The Palestinian people need our support now more than ever, for a “Global Spring” to finally achieve a homeland for their people. To build a better world, everyone must care. We must have the strong faith that we can build a better world for all.

On behalf of the Palestinian people, I thank you all very much for your support. Please spread the word.

Love, light, peace, harmony and unity,

Sunflower Chong

Founder of  http://www.worldharmonyday.com

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