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January 12, 2020: Medea Benjamin and Leila Zand
is the U.S. headed to war with Iran and what does that mean?
January 10, 2020: Ariel Gold and Foad Izadi
On the brink of a U.S. War with Iran: what is the situation like on the ground in Tehran?
January 6, 2020: Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold
The brink of war with Iran: how did we get here and what can we do?
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An all-out war with #Iran may have been averted, for now, but I will not rest until sanctions on Iran are lifted & US troops are out of the Middle East. I'll be joining @CODEPINK on Saturday, Jan. 25, to say #NoWarWithIran. Help us create #PeaceWithIran!
We just barely dodged a full-blown war with #Iran & yet Trump continues to wage economic warfare. Sanctions are NOT the path to #peace & diplomacy! Join me on Saturday, 01/25, as I protest alongside @CODEPINK in the call for #PeaceWithIran. #NoWarWithIran
It's been theorized that only 3.5% of the population must rise up to inspire effective change. Help put that theory to the test by joining me in the streets with @CODEPINK on Sat., 01/25, as the world unites in the call for #PeaceWithIran. #NoWarWithIran
Tension between the US & #Iran is not over!
We must continue to take action against Trump's campaign of maximum pressure! Join me on Saturday, 01/25, as I protest alongside @CODEPINK on behalf of the Iranian people. #PeaceWithIran #NoWarWithIran
Talking Points When Protesting Against War with Iran
1. Trump’s assassination of Soleimani may lead to war. Trump’s decision to assassinate the leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds force Qasem Soleimani, one of the most powerful leaders in Iran may well plunge the United States, Iran, and the entire region into a catastrophic war.
2. The blame for this confrontation lays squarely at Trump’s doorstep. Make no mistake: Donald Trump is responsible for this crisis by his reckless decision to withdraw from the successful 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and launch a systematic campaign of “maximum pressure,” placing the US and Iran on a collision course.
3. The attacks are illegal. Both the December 27 attack on the Iraqi militia and the January 2 attack on Soleimani and military leaders were done without congressional authorization and were therefore illegal—violating the War Powers Act, the Constitution and international law. There were also done in defiance of the wishes of the Iraqi government, which has led to calls by the Iraqi national assembly for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.
4. We should not be talking about Iranian aggression, but about US aggression. Trump, after pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, implemented a brutal policy of “maximum pressure” that included crippling economic sanctions. It is bad enough that Trump prohibited US companies from trading with Iran, but he went much further—telling companies all over the world that they would be punished by the US if they traded with Iran. These economic sanctions, which punish the nation’s entire population of 80 million, are a form of economic warfare.
5. Who is pushing this confrontation? This confrontational policy towards are Iran has been promoted by the neocons and hawks inside and outside the Administration, as well as by U.S. allies Israel and Saudi Arabia. The U.S. government should not be doing the bidding of foreign powers, especially when they go against the best interests of the American people.
6. Let’s not forget the role of the disastrous 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. It was the invasion that led to the sectarianism that plagues Iraq today; it was the invasion that led to ISIS, which led to the creation of the Shia militia that the U.S. just bombed. It was the US invasion that overthrew a Sunni leader, Saddam Hussein, and opened the way for the Shia to take power, giving Iran newfound influence.
7. Don’t forget 1953 in Iran. The media often cite the 1979 hostage crisis as the roots of the US-Iran conflict. But we really must go back to 1953. The current Iranian regime came to power in an uprising against a corrupt authoritarian monarch that was installed in a 1953 U.S.-backed coup against Iran’s democratically-elected liberal government. It was precisely U.S. interference in Iran that led to the regime that the US is trying to overthrow today.
8. It’s not our business who governs Iran—or anywhere outside our borders. The Trump administration may want regime change in Iran, but Iran is a sovereign country and its people should be the ones to decide how they are governed. Just as we don’t want foreign interference in our elections, so we must stop interfering in the internal affairs of other nations.
9. The U.S. must change its course. The US must immediately end the military attacks, lift the harmful sanctions, return to the Iran nuclear deal and reopen diplomatic channels. The U.S. military and its contractors, who should not have been there in the first place, should get out of Iraq and the entire region.
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We demand justice, we demand peace, US out of the Middle East
Out of Kuwait, Out of Iraq
Out of the Middle East And don’t come back!
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There’s an anti-war movement in this town!
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‘Cause the power of the people don’t stop.
What do we want? Peace with Iran
When do we want it? NOW
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Add your name to our letter to the Iranian people apologizing for the actions of the Trump administration and pledging to do all that you can to stop a war and end the sanctions.
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Visit your member of Congress at his/her district office with a few other like-minded people — strive for ethnic, age and gender balance.
Come to DC and stay at the DC Activist House and do a week's lobbying, networking with other activists, and observing votes, debates and/or hearings in Congress.
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Pick up Medea’s book Inside the Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran.