Friday, February 02, 2007
Even as the U.S. Senate debates resolutions on the Iraq war and Bush's planned troop buildup, resistance to his equally disastrous military designs upon Iran is also building in Congress.
As virtually every expert and commentator outside of President Bush's increasingly small circle of friends has declared, a war with Iran would be catastrophic - for attempts to end violence in Iraq, for peace in the Middle East, and for our relationship with the rest of the world. Such an attack would, like the war in Iraq itself, increase the terrorist threat against the U.S. rather than decrease it.
We're keeping maximum pressure on Congress to end the Iraq war, but now we also need to build momentum to prevent any attack against Iran. Click here to send an email message to your Representative today.
Mr. Bush has repeatedly refused to use diplomacy to address Iran's nuclear program. Now, since his January 10 speech in which he said he would "seek out and destroy" Iranian networks that he claimed were supporting attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq, his administration has been clearly and methodically moving toward military confrontation.
* a second aircraft carrier group is now on its way to the Persian Gulf, and air missile defenses are being sent to our allies in the region - neither of which is necessary or useful to stop the violence in Iraq
* Bush has repeatedly warned Iran, in virtually every recent speech and interview, not to "meddle" in Iraq
* Bush has given an order for U.S. troops to kill Iranian "operatives" they find in Iraq
* Claims of Iranian support for Iraqi insurgents are suddenly circulating in the mainstream media, citing "unnamed" administration sources, of course, and providing no evidence whatsoever (did the media learn nothing from Iraq?)
Congress must stop Bush's march to war with Iran. Reps. Jones and DeFazio have introduced resolutions to do just that. Send your Representatives an email today and demand that they support these efforts!
It is hard to imagine that, given the current circumstances, President Bush would actually start a war with another country in the Middle East. But he has proven himself again and again to be impervious to facts and reality, and one cannot argue with the clear steps he has been taking to build first-strike U.S. forces in the area, to build a "rationale" for an attack on Iran, and to goad them into a military confrontation with other provocative acts.
People in the Middle East, Europe and around the world are horrified by the prospect of another war. An enlarging military conflict in the Middle East could easily grow into a world war, or the "clash of civilizations" Bush's most ardent supporters might actually want. Yet Mr. Bush brushes aside Iranian attempts at dialogue, and moves forward incessantly to confrontation.
This President must be stopped from attacking Iran. H.J. Res. 14, introduced by Rep. Walter Jones (R - SC 3), and H.Con.Res. 33, introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D - OR 4) would do just that. Please click here to send a message to your Representative and let him or her know - in no uncertain terms - no war with Iran!