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Forum Post: American protesters slam US war rhetoric against Iran

Posted 6 years ago on Feb. 4, 2012, 2:42 p.m. EST by MonetizingDiscontent (1257)
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American protesters slam US war rhetoric against Iran


-Feb 04, 2012-

Citizens of Raleigh gather near the Federal Court on Friday, February 3, 2012, to denounce US sanctions on Iran as "an act of war."

American anti-war protesters have planned nationwide rallies against US warmongering policies towards Iran with organizers urging the Americans to voice their opposition to Washington's policies.

The call for street protests on Saturday comes amid escalating war rhetoric by the US and Israeli politicians who have frequently threatened Iran with the option of military strike in order to persuade Tehran to give up its peaceful nuclear program.

The decision to hold rallies comes after a large number of US-based anti-war organizations agreed during a conference on January 17th to hold nationwide protests on February 04, 2012.

US peace activists have warned against any hostile moves against Iran, saying any form of military intervention is a threat to the entire region and to international peace.

Last Friday, several US cities witnessed major anti-war protests with protesters in Raleigh, North Carolina, gathering outside the federal courthouse to denounce "US warmongering."

At least, four dozen other cities witnessed protests to US involvement in pressuring Iran to end its nuclear program, with protesters saying new economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic are too severe.

"The sanctions that are being imposed right now are really an act of war against the Iranian people," said protester Andy Koch, adding, "They are going to cause hardship, suffering, starvation, and lack of medical supplies, right now today."

"I feel that our nation is way too aggressive," said protester Stormie Kirk. "I don't feel like we have any right to be involved in what's going on in Iran."

Washington and Tel Aviv have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the "option" of a military strike, based on the allegation that Iran's nuclear program may include a covert military aspect.

Iran insists that it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency.



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[-] 1 points by MonetizingDiscontent (1257) 6 years ago

::::::::::::::: No Conflict with Iran :::::::::::::::

(((Send a letter to Congress Here))): https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/iran-non-intervention/

The current conflict with Iran should be viewed in the light of history, and opposed for that reason. Remember . . .

The politicians told us we had to invade Iraq to protect ourselves from weapons of mass destruction, but there were NO weapons of mass destruction. The Downsize DC team actually predicted that outcome with our Truth About War campaign. Now . . .

The politicians are using "weapons of mass destruction" as an argument for conflict with a new country, Iran. Will people trust the politicians again, or learn from experience?

Citizens should maintain the following default positions when it comes to politicians and their claims about national defense . . .

  • If a politician's lips are moving, he or she is almost certainly lying. This is true in general, but especially so when it comes to wars and supposed national security threats.

  • Most politicians are less interested in your security than they are in their own power. And serving the financial interests of what Eisenhower called "the military industrial complex." is one of the main ways politicians maintain and extend their personal influence and affluence.

These are sufficient reasons to reject the politicians when they argue for conflict, but history provides even stronger reasons. Our wars (and even the wars of other countries) have tended to follow a six part pattern . . .

1) Politicians and the drama-loving media scare the people with false or inflated dangers.

2) The people become frightened and hysterical and clamor for war.

3) Off to war we go, marching and singing.

4) But the enthusiasm soon fades, and people come to regret the war.

5) When the violence ends the main result is debt, death, destruction, and disappointment

6) The conditions created by the war then serve as the source for the threats and scare stories that the politicians and the media will use to start the next conflict, after the people have forgotten the lessons of their own history.

We've seen all or part of this pattern in every conflict, from the Spanish American War straight through to Iraq and Afghanistan. Just go through your own knowledge of our wars and notice how closely they follow the pattern. Or look up each of our wars on Wikipedia, and judge for yourself.

It seems clear that nearly all of our conflicts began with dramatic claims that later turned out to be false or exaggerated. And most of the time we ended up hating the wars we once zealously favored. We believe this consistent historical pattern points to a clear conclusion . . .

  • An interventionist foreign policy makes more enemies than it kills. It is a recipe for perpetual war and insecurity.

  • War with Iran would be no different. It would follow the same pattern as the others, and end with the same results—debt, death, destruction, disappointment, and new dangers.

Are you ready to break this pattern?

If you oppose conflict with Iran, tell Congress. Withdrawing your consent is ALWAYS the first step. If you neglect this step then the politicians will take your silence for support. Do not allow this. Withdraw your consent now.

Use the form at right to send your elected representatives a letter about this issue, HERE https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/iran-non-intervention/

  • Your position will be counted by each Congressional office,
  • Will educate the Congressional staffer who reads it,
  • May be passed up the chain of command,
  • May receive a reply (many DC Downsizers get them).

If you receive such a letter, please share it, at Comments@DownsizeDC.org.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 6 years ago

Great Post!!!!

[-] 0 points by BlackSun (275) from Agua León, BC 6 years ago

As much as I hate to admit it I have to support Iran on this.