Time after time we have used public pressure to prevent a supposedly urgently needed war on Iran, rendering the urgency a little less believable each time it's proposed anew. Now it's that time again: we must prevent the drive to war.
Here's Trump's latest tweet:
"Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!"
Trump has called attacking Iraq "one of the worst decisions in the history of the country." Click here to sign a petition telling him not to make a decision that could be even worse.
Here are the facts:
It would be illegal, immoral, certainly counterproductive, and likely catastrophic to attack Iran — completely regardless of any Iranian role in a Yemeni drone attack. The question is not whether Iran played any role, but whether we can prevent Trump from starting another war.
The United States began the war on Yemen with the use of drones. Drone wars were supposed to be cheap and easy. They predictably turned into wider wars. And the cheapness and easiness predictably made drones an effective weapon against the U.S. and its allies. Yemen has attacked Saudi oil facilities with weapons that cost less than a single U.S. student's college debt.
The war on Yemen has not been dramatically escalated because oil has been attacked. It was dramatically escalated when human beings were attacked, when Saudi Arabia and the United States bombed hospitals and prisons and school buses and homes, and blockaded a nation facing mass-starvation and disease epidemics.
We don't need another war over oil supplies. We need to transition the world to sustainable energy, including a region of the world facing a future of unbearable heat.
What the United States did to Iraq must not be done to Iran! Click here to sign the petition.
Congress has the power to prevent this looming crime against humanity. Click here to email your Representative and Senators (for U.S. residents only) telling them to cosponsor the bills that would block this war and to take other necessary steps to move us in the direction of peace.
Already the version of the National Defense Authorization Act passed by the House includes a ban on attacking Iran. We need that kept in as the House and Senate versions are reconciled.
A war on Iran would be a war on a large and well-armed nation. It would be a war very likely to bring in other nations on both sides. That sort of catastrophe would dwarf other recent disastrous wars.
If such a war happens and we survive it, apologies won't do us much good. Years after the 2003 attack on Iraq, some (but not most) of the members of Congress and the media who voted for and promoted it apologized. (Others did their version of an apology by pretending they hadn't supported it.)
Some of the same officials and outlets have supported new and ongoing wars on Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan, Syria, and elsewhere. The disaster of a war on Iran could compel apologies, but what we need is instead not to do it.
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