Even as US President Barack Obama presses for a deal with Iran on its highly controversial nuclear program ahead of a June 30 deadline for talks, citizens in Denver, Colorado are setting precedent by holding the first American rally to block Iran from nuclear weapons.
The rally, which will be held next Sunday at 2 p.m. on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol, will seek to send a strong message behind the rallying call "no nukes for Iran."
Americans Against Terrorism (AAT), a group based in Denver, will lead a coalition of over 20 groups in a non-partisan rally that will feature Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) and a representative from the office of Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO).
Speaking about the fact that Congress will have 30 days to debate and vote on any nuclear deal with Iran, AAT Chairman Dr. Neil Dobro said, "most every politician will have their ears open to the public on this one: either because they want to be on the morally correct side of history, and/or they care about re-election."
"In that regard, what happens here in Denver has real importance," explained Dobro. "If Iran obtains nuclear weapons, the Middle East and the security of the world changes overnight. No longer do countries, or even terror groups, need an army to be a world power. All they need is a speedboat to bring a nuke into Tel Aviv, New York or Los Angeles, or into all of them and more in the same day."
Noting on the blatant threats Iran has made to wipe out Israel and its calls of "death to America," he added, "we need to learn the lessons of history and understand that the unthinkable can soon be reality. There should be no doubt why Iran is willing to pay the price of obtaining a nuke: they intend to use it. This is our chance to act."
The event will also feature music by Dr. Biff Gore, a finalist on the popular TV program "The Voice," along with Israeli-style dancers, and various speeches.
Obama has himself admitted that under the paradigm of the proposed deal, Iran would be able to achieve a nuclear weapon by 2028.
Iranian officials have said they intend to use advanced centrifuges eight-times faster than normal ones as soon as a deal is signed, meaning they would be able to obtain a nuclear arsenal in weeks.