The U.S. has escalated its threats of military intervention against both Iran and Syria and has placed harsher sanctions on both countries. We have a responsibility as Americans to try to stop all forms of U.S. aggression around the globe. It is important that the anti-war movement is prepared to take the streets and protest if the U.S. or one of its proxies like Israel or NATO attack Iran or Syria. We need to be vocal about why the American public should not support acts of hostility against these countries.We learned from the sanctions on Iraq after the Persian Gulf War that sanctions kill and target the most vulnerable members of society – particularly the elderly and children. More people were killed by U.S. sanctions on Iraq than in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII. It is imperative that we see sanctions as a deadly form of warfare on the civilian population. We demand that the U.S. stop the sanctions on Iran and Syria now!The Obama administration uses Iranian nuclear ambitions as their primary justification for a potential military attack on Iran. But the U.S. is the only country that has actually used nuclear weapons on another country! If the president doesn’t want the country of Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons then he should instead try to build a peaceful relationship with Iran instead of threatening it, attacking it’s scientists, and sending in troops into neighboring countries like Israel.The U.S. also uses human rights as an excuse for intervention in both Syria and Iran. However history has shown us in places like Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and most recently Libya that bombs don’t bring people democracy, freedom or security. Instead U.S. warfare bringis military occupation, a puppet government and more opportunities for U.S. corporations. It is up to the people of Syria and Iran to determine their own political future. The U.S. does not have the right to decide who is fit to rule and should not use its military to force a government more accepting of U.S. imperialism or corporate interests into power.
The Anti-War Committee denounces all forms of U.S. intervention – military and economic – and urge their supporters to call their senators and the president to say No War with Iran Or Syria!