June 21. Today a U.S. attack on Iran was wisely called off with just minutes to spare. A U.S. drone had been shot down within or without Iranian airspace. A few days ago the Jerusalem Post claimed the U.S. was planning an attack on a target connected to Iran's nuclear program. In response PEP Administrator Stanley Heller wrote this piece "Iran and Chernobyl". Even if nuclear targets are avoided a huge war good breakout with enormous consequences for the world economy. A former Iranian official, Mohammad Marandi, said as much on Democracy Now on 6/21. He warned of a war that would destroy much of the oil and shipping in the Persian Gulf.
For ten years the war planners talked about Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction". Because of the supposed threat there were sanctions on Iraq that caused a million deaths. The 2003 invasion led to thousands of Americans dead, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead and the rise of ISIS. Not to speak of the trillions of dollars wasted. Of course, Iraq proved to be no threat to "the world" at all.
No war. No threats. No sanctions. We had a decent nuclear deal with Iran. Trump deliberately threw it all away to satisfy the war mongers, Netanyahu and his followers and the priests of Armageddon. Congress must act now and declare NO WAR with Iran and take firm and bold action. What about asking the House to stop voting for military appropriations until Trump pulls back the U.S.S. Lincoln from the Middle East (and ends all support for the Saudi war on Yemen)? We need to get out into the streets like they do in Hong Kong or Brazil.
While Iran is no threat to the U.S. and while an unprovoked U.S. attack would be a war crime, our job is certainly is more difficult since the Iran government IS committing terrible crimes. It is supporting Assad force in Syria, has its militias all over the Middle East and it persecutes Iran's heroes at home. A case in point is Nasrin Sotoudeh a prominent human rights lawyer, who has been sentenced to a prison term totaling 38 years and 148 lashes for defending women's rights. Iran should get out of Syria period. It should free Soutoudeh immediately. It should free its political prisoners. Solidarity with all democratic forces in Iran.
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