NEW YORK (Christian Examiner) – In a new television commercial fitting of the Cold War, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is asking the public to share its concerns with Congress about President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.
The commercial shows children playing hide-and-seek, and as the young boy counts to 10 a voice can be heard in the background counting down to zero in Farsi, the national language of Iran. When the boy says, "Ready or not, here I come," a nuclear explosion is shown.
In a written statement accompanying the advertisement, the group said the U.S. Congress is "the last line of defense to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear sponsor of terror."
"Iran has made their hatred of Israel and the United States very clear. We must speak up before this disastrous agreement becomes reality," thestatement from IFCJ says.
The nuclear deal, which already was approved by the United Nations July 20, has been panned by most elected officials in the United States familiar with Iran's record of state-sponsored terrorism and its repeated statements that the United States and Israel, the "Great Satan" and the "Little Satan," respectively, must be destroyed.
The video includes a statement from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani which claims, "Saying 'Death to America' is easy. We need to express 'Death to America' with action." That statement was from 2013.
IFCJ is asking its supporters to let congressional officials know their feelings about the deal, which is not binding constitutionally until Congress approves it.
A former White House official familiar with the Iran deal, however, has hinted the president believes he can enforce the deal and lift sanctions without congressional approval – and "even against the will of Congress." Obama has already said a major conflict in the Middle East will likely occur if Congress doesn't accept the deal.
IFCJ has provided a sample text for a letter or email to congressional officials asking them to oppose the deal. The sample email reads:
"I am deeply concerned that the announced agreement has legitimized Iran as a military nuclear power. I applaud efforts to peacefully resolve the Iranian nuclear crisis, but signing onto a bad deal is not the way to achieve that end. Allowing Iran to pursue nuclear weapons and continue its sponsorship of terror threatens international peace and security. Within a matter of years, this deal will give Iran - the greatest destabilizing force in the Middle East and the most prolific state sponsor of international terrorism - the tools to undermine American efforts and interests in the region, while placing thousands of American lives and those of our allies in peril."
Should Congress reject the deal, the action would not be without precedent. After World War I, President Woodrow Wilson agreed to sign on to the League of Nations. U.S. legislators, who feared joining the group would lead the U.S. into another war in Europe, refused to comply and the U.S. stayed out of the international organization.
In the end, the League of Nations proved ineffective as both Japan and Germany refused its calls for peace.