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Crisis of Conscience - Call to British Cabinet to come clean over Iran

We respect Jack Straw's recent principled challenge to Tony Blair over the current crisis in the Middle East and call on him and his cabinet colleagues to go further and disclose what they know regarding the Prime Minister's plans for military intervention in Iran.

Today's Security Council resolution giving Iran one month to suspend their legitimate and legal uranium enrichment programme is the latest step along the road to military intervention; a road along which Tony Blair and George Bush are committed to travel as they talk about the birth pangs of a 'new Middle East' with the war waged by Israel against Lebanon.

We are aware that privately Mr Straw and many of his Cabinet colleagues have grave doubts about the wisdom of this course of action but are powerless to convince the Prime Minister to alter his attitude. We also recognise that disclosing information regarding a planned attack on Iran might be portrayed as damaging to diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis or even dangerous to National Security. In reality, all diplomatic efforts are merely cosmetic and Britain' National Security will be compromised rather than enhanced by military intervention in Iran.

Should a member of the government come out against an attack on Iran they may find themselves isolated in Cabinet but they will gain the support of the 57 nations of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, who have called for negotiations without preconditions with Iran in their Baku Declaration in June, and the 114 nations of the Non-Aligned Movement, who have defended Iran's peaceful nuclear programme in their ministerial meeting in May in Malaysia, as well as millions of ordinary people across the country and the world.

As a Cabinet, Mr Straw and his colleagues share responsibility for the decisions made by the government and they will share the responsibility of the chaos, conflagration and bloodshed that will ensue should Britain and America attempt to broaden their project to create 'a new Middle East' by taking military action against the sovereign nation of Iran.

Professor Abbas Edalat (Imperial College London)
Professor Henrik Jensen (Imperial College London)
Professor Saeed Vaseghi (Brunel University)
Stefan Simanowitz
Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran


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