SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Moorhead Kennedy, who served in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overtaken by militants, will hold a discussion titled “Iran and Israel” at the Holmes Room at the Library on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.
Kennedy asks whether America’s unquestioning support for Israel encourages Israeli attitudes and actions that run contrary not only to American interests, but Israel’s as well. He suggests that the U.S. has handled relations with Iran in ways that often undermine our own interests, and the chances of lasting harmony in the Middle East.
Opposition to former Senator Hagel as Secretary of Defense has centered on his alleged lack of appropriate dedication to Israel, and alleged lack of appropriate hostility towards Iran. The lecture will raise questions about the extent to which either attitude is appropriate. It will suggest some possible approaches to bring about a workable peace in the Middle East.
The danger of an unprovoked unilateral Israeli attack on Iran, first proposed by Prime Minister Netanyahu in 2010, and blocked by senior Israeli officers, remains strong. It envisages American support; our third war in the Middle East. The reason advanced is the fear that Iran is developing a capacity for nuclear weapons but ignores Israel’s own large, unacknowledged nuclear arsenal and whether Iran would ever risk its own destruction by attacking Israel.
Kennedy was held hostage in Tehran for 444 days. The author of a number of books and articles, he is President of Acadia Senior College, and of The Friends of the Maine State Library. Call 244-7065 to learn more.