NO new war on Iran!
an article by Andy Thayer
No new war or blockade on Iran! Troops home NOW from Iraq and Afghanistan!
On August 2 in Chicago, we will join over 50 other other cities in a day of protest against a U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran. The protest will start at 12 noon at the State of Illinois Building Plaza at Randolph and Clark Streets, Chicago.
The threat of a new war against Iran is real:
+++ President Bush has repeatedly threatened war against the country, threatening to repeat the disasters that he's brought to Iraq and Afghanistan. Israel has recently simulated bombing runs against Iran and several authoritative sources say that the U.S. is operating paramilitary forces within the country.
+++ Both major presidential candidates have threatened to bomb the country. McCain and Obama hypocritically refuse to take United States' use of nuclear weapons off of the table while denouncing an alleged Iranian nuclear weapons program which even the U.S.'s own National Intelligence Estimate says does not exist.
+++ The Democratic-controlled Congress is pushing for a resolution that calls for a blockade of Iran – a move widely interpreted as an act of war. Their dangerous resolution, which would give Bush much the same blank check he used to start the Iraq war, has already rolled up more than 200 co-sponsors in the House alone.
Iran has not threatened the U.S. in any way. The Bush administration has been committing crimes against the peace by repeatedly threatening a military attack and making propaganda in favor of such an attack. The U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are illegal, unjust and stand against the demands of the majority of Americans and all the world’s peoples. It is the U.S., its aggression and its attacks on rights at home and abroad that are grave threats.
Since the leaders of both major parties are promoting a new war, the Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism is initiating a No War On Iran / U.S. Troops Out of the Middle East protest that will target both parties' headquarters in the Loop.
The Assembly at 12 noon will be followed by a March to:
-- Cook County Republican Headquarters
-- Barack Obama / Democratic Party Campaign Headquarters
-- the Israeli consulate
-- Ending at Millennium Park
For more information or to endorse the protest, send an email to CCAWR@aol.com
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CPNN has received the following story illustrating strengths of the US Peace Movement as it attempts to block an American war with Iran:
Anti-War Movement Successfully Pushes Back Against Military Confrontation With Iran
By Mark Weisbrot, AlterNet
Who says there's no anti-war movement in the United States? In the past two months, the anti-war movement has taken on one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States in an important fight. And so far, the anti-war movement is winning.
Here's the story: On May 22, a bill was introduced into Congress that effectively called for a blockade of Iran, H. Con. Res. 362. Among other expressions of hostility, the bill calls for: "prohibiting the export to Iran of all refined petroleum products; imposing stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran ... " This sounded an awful lot like it was calling for a blockade, which is an act of war. A dangerous proposition, especially given all the efforts that the Bush-Cheney administration has taken to move us closer to a military confrontation with Iran, the bluster and the threats, and the refusal to engage in direct talks with the Iranian government. . ...more.