By Abbas Edalat, Foaad Khoshmood, Shahram Mostarshed, Daniel M
Rostam Pourzal, Nader Sadeghi, Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, Massy Homayouni
following wake-up call for Iranian communities around the world is by a group of
Iranian anti-war activists in the UK and the US. - July 31,
horrific US and UK supported
war waged by Israel against
Lebanon under the pretext of
self defense for the capture of two soldiers by Hezbollah is setting the stage
for a US/Israeli military assault on Iran that would lead to a major conflagration in
the Middle East and beyond. Only the global
antiwar movement and urgent action by a united Iranian community can stop such
reasons behind the current atrocities are misrepresented. The media pretends the
Lebanon/Israel border area was calm and peaceful before the unexpected surprise
"terrorist attack" by Hezbollah on July 12. In fact, since its withdrawal from
Lebanon in 2000 which followed a 22 year occupation of the country, Israel has
routinely raided and violated southern Lebanon . It also continues to
occupy Shabaa Farms, which Lebanon claims is part of its
territory, and continues to illegally hold thousands of Arabs including a number
of Lebanese prisoners without charge.
media has condemned Hezbollah for starting this conflict and for shooting
rockets into civilian areas. These
public condemnations usually fail to mention that Hezbollah started shooting
rockets only after Israel's
aerial bombardment of Lebanon's civilians. Hezbollah
leaders have, furthermore, defended their action to capture the two Israeli
soldiers in order to facilitate an exchange of prisoners with
article in the Guardian with the title "We are defending our sovereignty", Ali
Fayyad, a senior member of the executive committee of Hezbollah asserts: "In the
context of the continued occupation, detention of prisoners and repeated Israeli
attacks and incursions into Lebanese territory, the capture of the Israeli
soldiers was entirely legitimate. The operation was fully in line with the
Lebanese ministerial declaration, supported in parliament that stressed the
right of the resistance to liberate occupied Lebanon against
Israeli aggression. International law also allows peoples and states to protect
their citizens and territory ."
the capture of the two soldiers, Israel launched a relentless bombing campaign
targeting the civilian infrastructure in Lebanon to which Hezbollah responded by its own
rocket attacks against Israel. The Lebanese population does
not deserve to be killed and maimed just as innocent Israeli citizens do not
deserve to be the target of Hezbollah rockets. An immediate cease fire is
clearly warranted but stubbornly rejected by Israel, the US and the UK.
one hand Israel has been very blunt about its
own strategic and barbaric goal. The army chief of staff, General Dan Halutz,
said at the outset that his military would target infrastructure and "turn back
the clock in Lebanon by 20 years" if the soldiers
were not freed . But, on the other hand, the military assault had been
planned at least a whole year in advance and the capture of the two Israeli
soldiers is only a pretext.
the US and the
UK, Israel's real
intension is far wider than the release of its captured soldiers which could
have taken place with a cease fire and a simple exchange of prisoners as it did
in 2004. Indeed, at first glance, it makes little sense for Israel to
sacrifice 51 Israeli citizens including 33 Israel Defense Forces (IDF)
casualties since July 12 , for the sake of two IDF
leaders propagate their fear of what they call "an existential threat" to
Israel by the Islamic Republic of
Iran and the Iran-inspired Hamas and Hezbollah mass resistance movements. Indeed
Israel suffered its first
ever defeat by an Arab force at the hands of Hezbollah in its failed 22 year
occupation of Lebanon. Both Hamas and Hezbollah
have deep rooted social and political bases. These movements run schools,
hospitals and an extensive welfare system, and enjoy the support of the great
majority of Palestinians and Lebanese respectively and are democratically
elected to defend the interests of their constituencies rather than any external
force like Syria or
Iran. They have now developed into
formidable mass opposition movements to Israel.
emergence of Islamic resistance movements against Israel is the product of Israel's nearly four decades of illegal
occupation of Palestine, its massive brutality
against Palestinians, its wars of aggression against Arab neighbours and its 22
year occupation of Lebanon. According to Professor
Stephen Zunes "Hezbollah's strength derives primarily from popular support
within the Shiite Muslim minority in Lebanon which has suffered from heightened
poverty and displacement as a result of the U.S.-backed Israeli occupation of
southern Lebanon between 1978 and 2000" .
Israel has only
its own leadership to blame for the emergence of armed resistance by
Palestinians and Lebanese against its history of ruthless and violent
leaders have reacted hysterically to the disclosure of the Iranian nuclear
plants at Natanz and Arak in 2002 despite the
fact that the International Atomic Energy Agency has found no evidence of any
diversion to any nuclear arms activities in Iran .
Israel. however, despite its own
secret and massive nuclear arsenal and while continuing to refuse any visits by
IAEA inspectors to its own nuclear plants, has joined the US in accusing Iran of developing a
covert nuclear weaponization program, and has further vowed to stop it.
leaders have repeatedly called on the West to attack Iran, have
threatened to do so themselves and have been making preparations for it. For
example, on 5/11/2002, when the reformist Khatami was Iran's president and more
than four months before the invasion and occupation of Iraq, Ariel Sharon, the
then Israeli prime minister in an interview with the Times made the demand that
the US should "attack Iran the day Iraq war ends" .
election of Ahmadinejad, an ex-revolutionary guard leader, as
Iran's new president in Summer 2005
signified a major turning point. His bold and radical positions against what he
called "the Zionist regime" and his defiance against the US pressures
have made him substantially popular both in the Arab street and in the Muslim
world at large. This has profoundly increased Israeli leaders' rhetoric of
"existential threat" and their resolve to attack Iran. Sunday
Times on 11/12/2005 reported that Sharon had
instructed the Israeli Defence Force to prepare itself for a massive air assault
on Iran in 2006.
victory of Hamas in January 2006 in the democratic elections in the occupied
territories was the last straw. The two pro Iran resistance movements, Hamas and Hezbollah,
who like Iran have taken
radical positions against Israel, had to be dealt with as the first steps
to a military strike on Iran.
Dismantling Hamas and
Hezbollah before attack on Iran
with the starvation of the Palestinians in the occupied territories by Israel,
the US and the EU for daring to vote for Hamas , followed by the military
strikes at civilians in Gaza and the barbaric destruction of its only power
plant, and the clampdown and the incarceration of Hamas parliamentarians and
government in June.
was the turn of Hezbollah, whose leaders had in fact predicted that
Israel may attack
Lebanon to pre-empt any
action by Hezbollah if Iran is struck. Sheikh Naim Kassem,
the deputy General Secretary of Hezbollah, envisaged the scenario that
"Israel fired first to pre-empt any
possible Hezbollah action if fellow Shi'ite Iran was attacked
actual aim of Israel in its
war on Lebanon is thus to
annihilate or at least cripple the pro Iran Hezbollah resistance movement, to
subjugate the country into a US and Israeli client state much like
Egypt and Jordan and to prepare the ground for attacking
Syria and Iran. A weakened
Hezbollah and the assembly of Western "peacekeepers" in a buffer zone would
prevent Hezbollah from taking any strong actions against Israel when Iran is
attacked. These goals are to be achieved by inflicting a collective punishment
and bombing a whole nation into submission with the complicity and support of
the US and the
subsequent events have proven that Israel stands loyal to this aim.
Hundreds of civilians, a third of whom are children, have so far been killed.
Over 800,000 people have so far been displaced and the Lebanese civilian
infrastructure is in ruins. Under the pretext of fighting the "terrorists," a
whole nation has been subjected to massive punishment, continuously terrorized
for nearly three weeks. Lebanese doctors have also reported the use of
phosphorous incendiary bombs on civilians . The military onslaught parallels
and in some ways even exceeds the "shock and awe" campaign of Donald Rumsfeld in
the assault on Iraq in March and Aril 2003.
civilians of any nationality, whether by states such as Israel, the US and the UK or by
resistance movements such as Hezbollah and Hamas, is prohibited under the Geneva
Conventions and international humanitarian law. The UN relief chief has
condemned Israeli strikes as war crimes and illegal under humanitarian law for
being indiscriminate and disproportionate , but the aggression and the war
crimes have continued with the full complicity of the US and the UK. These
include the bombing of a UN post on July 26th killing four unarmed UN observers,
which the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan described as "apparently deliberate,"
and the horrific massacre in Qana on July 30th in which more than 50 people
including 34 children were killed.
Truth as the first
victim of war
Israel has right from the start accused
Iran for being behind Hezbollah's
raid to capture two soldiers and for providing it with missiles and military
training. Iran has denied all the charges and
as in the past has declared that it only gives spiritual, moral and political
support to the resistance movement but no financial or military aid. Though
there has been no evidence that Iran was in any way involved in the
decision made by Hezbollah to capture the two Israeli soldiers, baseless
speculations are commonplace .
the pro Israel and
US media have followed their
leaders, launching a campaign of lies about the origin of the conflict designed
to put the ultimate blame on Syria and Iran. Their
mainstream news coverage suffers from a deliberate and ruthless suppression of
the truth in claiming that the conflict started with the capture of two Israeli
soldiers by Hezbollah.
mind that the real timeline for the recent conflict started with the refusal of
Israel and its US and European allies to recognize the democratically elected
Hamas government in an election proposed and endorsed by the US and the EU.
Never mind the crucial events of June 9th when an Israeli missile
attack in the Gaza beach massacred a Palestinian family of
seven . Never mind another IDF missile attack on June 13th which
killed nine Palestinian civilians and two activists . Never mind that on
June 24 , precisely one day before the capture of the soldier, Israel
kidnapped a Palestinian doctor and his brother from Gaza , an event
unreported and conveniently suppressed even later in the pro Israel western
mind the abduction and imprisonment of dozens of democratically elected
parliamentary representatives and cabinet members of Hamas government  and
the destruction of Gaza's infrastructure by Israel in retaliation for the
capture of a single Israeli soldier by Hamas fighters.
mind that in Lebanon itself the timeline for the present war began, not with the
capture of the two Israeli soldiers in July, but rather, as reported in the
Guardian on July 20, 2006 by Tariq Ali,  several weeks earlier in May when
Israel raided Lebanon to assassinate two activists from a Palestinian splinter
group and then bombed Hezbollah's strongholds in southern Lebanon. These events
lead to more border clashes before July 12. As Fairness and Accuracy In Media
(FAIR) noted: "This intense fighting was the prelude to the all-out warfare that
began on July 12, portrayed in U.S. media as beginning with an
attack out of the blue by Hezbollah ." Furthermore, Israel's massive
air and land operations could not possibly have been in response to the
abduction of the two soldiers. FAIR concluded that Israeli action "was not a
spontaneous reaction to aggression but a well-planned operation that was years
in the making ."
Roots of the
Blair has now sheepishly followed George Bush to declare that an arc of
extremists consisting of Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria and Iran is the root cause of
problems in the Middle East; a charge reminiscent of Bush's axis of evil speech
in January 2002.
Blair was explaining his new thesis on the roots of the conflict, the Israeli
elite led by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were preparing to
celebrate the 60th anniversary of the bombing of the King David
Hotel in Jerusalem, an act which drew anger in Britain .
Menachem Begin who in later years twice became Israel's prime
minister, was one of the Irgun leaders in charge of that operation in 1946, in
which 92 people died, mostly civilians including 28
Arab, and 17
capture of an IDF soldier in Gaza was denounced
so loudly by the pro Israel media, the kidnapping of two
Palestinian brothers  the night before by IDF was not even mentioned in
western newspapers or Radio and TV reports. This is a grim reminder that only
Israeli lives are important. Whoever resists Israel is automatically labelled as terrorist,
while Israel's own crimes are often
forgiven and forgotten. In a July
4th Parliamentary debate, British MP Sir Gerald Kaufman, himself
Jewish, while condemning the kidnapping of the Israeli corporal Gilad Shalit
reminded his colleagues that such acts were not exclusive to Palestinians. He
stated "before Israel gained independence, Jewish terrorists led by two future
Prime Ministers of Israel, Begin and Shamir, one of whom was a murderer and an
assassin, kidnapped two British sergeants, hanged them and booby-trapped their
R. Shalom explains how some 700,000 Palestinians became refugees after
Israel was established :
no longer any serious doubt that many Palestinians were forcibly expelled. The
exact numbers driven out versus those who panicked or simply sought safety is
still contested, but what permits us to say that all were victims of ethnic
cleansing is that Israeli officials refused to allow any of them to
answers the question: "Why did Israel expel the
to remove a potential fifth column. In part to obtain their property. In part to
make room for more Jewish immigrants. But mostly because the notion of a Jewish
state with a large non-Jewish minority was extremely awkward for Israeli
leaders. Indeed, because Israel took over some territory intended for the
Palestinian state, there had actually been an Arab majority living within the
borders of Israel. Nor was the idea of expelling
Palestinians something that just emerged in the 1948 war. In 1937, Ben-Gurion
had written to his son, 'We will expel the Arabs and take their places ... with
the force at our disposal.'"
refugee problem, one of the major injustices against the Palestinian population
affecting the present situation, was addressed back in December 1948 by
Resolution 194 of the UN General Assembly, which declared that "refugees wishing
to return to their homes and live in peace with their neighbors should be
permitted to do so" and that "compensation should be paid for the property of
those choosing not to return." But this was never honored by Israel leading
to a 58-year old Palestinian refugee problem. Subsequent resolutions 242, 338
and others have called on Israel to withdraw from Palestinian
lands. These have yet to be implemented after 39 years.
that Israel is currently in breach of over 60 UN resolutions, some passed
decades ago, it is grossly hypocritical that the US has demanded, as a
precondition for a cease fire, the implementation of the UN resolution 1559 in
2004, which calls the disarming of Hezbollah,. For example
Israel is still in breach of
international law for not compensating Lebanon after it bombed the Beirut airport back in
1968. (UN Resolution 262)
Israeli governments have done their own populations as well as those in the
neighboring Arab states grave disservice by chronically ignoring the demands of
the international community, incessantly pursuing hostile bully tactics and
adopting might-makes-right diplomacy.
Israel has also
served as the regional guard-dog of the western powers in the Middle East. This role was clearly proven when
France to attack
Egypt in 1956 when Gamal
Abdul Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. This
is why the West equips Israel
with the most sophisticated arms, supports its large nuclear arsenal and labels
as terrorists all those who resist this hegemony, principally Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria and Iran.
of US-backed militarism and expansionist policies have not reduced the ugly
specter of terrorism on the Israeli populace. And facilitating another conflict
with Iran or
Syria will certainly not remedy this
US-UK project for a
new Middle East
administration has shown its full backing of the savage assault on Lebanon and
the Israeli war crimes as it has rushed the delivery of at least 100 GBU 28
bunker buster bombs  containing depleted uranium warheads by the United
States to Israel for use against targets in Lebanon transported, as it has now
emerged, through an airport in Scotland .
unconditional support by Bush, Blair and the pro Israel western media for this savage assault
against Lebanon and their
firm opposition to a cease fire in defiance of the rest of international
community is however far more than just another instance of the West's
historical acquiescence for Israel's aggressions against
Palestinians and Arabs. It is not just more of the same pro Israel policies
that the world has seen for some six decades since the formation of that state
in 1948. Since 9/11, Israel
has also become the US and
UK's closest ally in the so-called
"war on terror."
blaming Syria and Iran for the conflict in Lebanon, the US and the UK
governments are preparing the public opinion for outright military interventions
against these countries, which will represent the next chapter in the unfolding
neo-conservative Project for the New American Century
to use the overwhelming military power of the US under the pretext of "democratization" to
replace all defiant regimes in the Middle East with pro US client
states. Given the rise of China and India as the new economic super powers, the
declining US imperial power
would have to resort to its military superiority to dominate the whole of the
Middle East and Central Asia in order to
control vast energy resources.
and UK governments have organized a propaganda campaign to blame Syria and Iran
for the failures of American policies throughout the Middle East: The latter
countries now stand accused of bringing about the catastrophe which has befallen
Iraq after the illegal and criminal
invasion of that country and for the death of the so-called "Road Map" in
Senate has unanimously passed a resolution, which supports Israel unconditionally in its criminal assault on
Lebanon and demands further
political and economic sanctions against Syria and Iran. The House
of Representatives has with very little dissent passed a similar resolution.
shocked the western public is not just the horrifying war crimes but that such a
calamity is committed by Israel with US complicity
against a nation under a pro western government, a nation whose prime minister
only a few weeks ago met George W. Bush in the White House. The question then is
raised why is such a devastating blow to a pro-western government warranted at
visit to Lebanon and
Israel this week, Condoleezza Rice
has opposed any immediate ceasefire on the grounds that one needs to create the
conditions for a durable cessation of violence, namely the crippling of
Hezbollah. She has proudly announced that the barbaric war waged by
Israel to dismantle Hezbollah
is the "birth pangs" of a new Middle East.
It is now
crystal clear that the American promise for a new Middle East can only be
brought about with a forceful regime change in Iran. Thus, the
US-UK support for the Israeli attack on Lebanon and the free reign the Israeli
military has for its war crimes
against the people of Lebanon, are essential and worth the price to remove an
important obstacle in the decisive strike against the ultimate enemy: Iran.
Iran to pre-empt its
anti-Iran propaganda over Lebanon is now combined with the existing three
year US-led campaign to accuse Iran of developing nuclear weapons.
This campaign has been carried out at the UN Security Council, the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and just about every international forum where the
the IAEA has failed to find any evidence of a nuclear weapons program in the
country even after over three years of intensive and intrusive visits to Iranian
nuclear plants . Iran has publicly denounced nuclear
weapons and calls on the West to respect its inalienable rights to a civilian
nuclear program granted by the Non Proliferation Treaty.
irreconcilable positions will lead to a major international crisis. Given the
Israel-US-UK entrenched positions, the possibility of military confrontation
becomes more and more likely.
double-edged campaign of accusation by Israel-US-UK against Iran over its nuclear program, and "state sponsor
of terrorism" in Lebanon has succeeded in creating
enough hysteric fear as to make war a serious option. The charges against
Iran have the same substance
and play the same function as those used in the run-up to the disastrous
invasion of Iraq.
Bush's terrible performance in the current opinion polls and a serious prospect
of a Republican loss in the US Congress in the November elections, the antiwar
movement and the Iranian community must consider seriously the chance of a
US attack on
Iran in the coming months. Such an
attack will serve to raise Bush's popularity for the coming elections albeit for
a short time.
Israel and the
US having already rolled back
Lebanon for 20 years would
have no qualms about carpet bombing and completely destroying
Iran. Iran's Islamic
regime has been demonized for decades and its president has called for the
destruction of the "Zionist regime."
as reported by Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker , the US war on Iran has already
entered into its operational phase. Hersh said the administration is fomenting
ethnic conflict inside the country, calling for regime change and funding exiled
pro-US opposition forces to destabilize Iran under the guise of
If as a
result of an Israel/US air assault on the country, Iran responds in any
effective way, for example by striking American military forces in Iraq which
are exposed to guerrilla attacks and missiles from Iran, the voices Cheney and
Rumsfeld and other "nuclear hawks" will be strengthened.
Geraldi, an ex-CIA officer, stated
in the American Conservative magazine "The Pentagon, acting under instructions
from Vice President Dick Cheney's office, has tasked the United States Strategic
Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response
to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States.
The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing
both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons. Within Iran there are
more than 450 major strategic targets, including numerous suspected
nuclear-weapons-program development sites ."
possible use of nuclear weapons in an attack on Iran was also
highlighted in Seymour Hersh last April . Subsequently, George W. Bush
refused to rule out the possibility of employing nuclear weapons against
"rational justification" for such an extraordinary crime would be that it is the
only method to destroy Iran's nuclear plants that are
fortified deep underground.
absurd logic of using nukes against Iran to prevent it from having nukes
is beyond any sound mind. In fact, it only makes sense when put in the context
of the profoundly criminal and inhuman philosophies employed by its
perpetrators. As with Hiroshima and Nagasaki , the "moral
justification" for the use of the nuclear bomb would be proclaimed on the
grounds of self-defense and saving American lives.
Iran: a major global
without saying that such prospects for the present conflict will certainly lead
to a major humanitarian catastrophe for Iranian people as well as a major
conflagration of violence in the Middle East
and beyond. It will not be confined to a sharp increase in the price of oil and
a subsequent economic downturn and misery for billions of people around the
assault on Iran, which is considered by Muslims
all around the world as leading the resistance against western hypocrisy and the
US-UK support for Israeli tyranny, oppression and atrocities, will inflame the
wrath of millions of people across the globe resulting in massive unrest and
uprisings throughout the Islamic world.
John McCain the Republican hopeful for US presidential elections supports the
option of military action against Iran. Asked if the
U.S. might find itself embroiled in
two wars at once, McCain responded point blank: "I think we could have
are rarely enough to foster regime change. In times of national emergency the
people always flock to the government for protection and national solidarity.
This principle was proven in America after the terrorist attacks
of September 11, 2001 where public support for George W. Bush was an all time
high. Similarly for Iran, the
question of internal democratic aspirations was put on hold during the terrible
Iran-Iraq war, in which the US and the west were caught selling
chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein. Thus the US will not be able to accomplish its goal of
regime change in Iran in the short term. But it could
very well succeed in ruining the entire country and turning it into another
strong and broad antiwar movement in the US, UK and the rest of the western world
can stop this regional and global disaster. The defiance by Russia and China in the UN Security Council can at most
delay the imposition of sanctions and military attack on Iran but will not be able to prevent it as the
run-up in the invasion of Iraq has
doctrine of pre-emptive strike has become an integral part of the Bush
administration's warfare strategy and the leadership of the Republican and
Democratic parties in the US are strongly united in characterizing Iran as US's
number one enemy, the principal state sponsor of terrorism and a fundamental
threat to global peace and security, which has to be dealt with sooner than
the disastrous consequences of the Iraqi invasion by Iran will not deter the US in launching a war against the Iranian regime
that American leaders accuse of destabilizing the democratic process in
Iraq. An assault on
Iran will be justified to the
US public as the remedy to all ills
in the region.
these reasons, it is only pressure by the Western public opinion that can change
the balance of forces against the warmongers in the US.
Iran without preconditions
moment the US with full
support from the UK is
leading a diplomatic effort in the United Nations Security Council to isolate
Iran and justify a military strike.
The so-called "incentive" package proposed by the five permanent members of the
Security Council plus Germany
requires Iran to suspend its enrichment
program before any negotiations begin. In this, the US insists that Iran concede the
main objective of the negotiations before they even start. It is either an
extremely arrogant plan or one designed to fail on
announced that the package is acceptable  as a basis for the negotiations
but the demand for suspension of uranium enrichment as a precondition for the
negotiations is unacceptable.
US and the
UK governments have no
interest in negotiations and a resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue by
diplomacy, which was shown by the leaked letter of John Sawers,
Britain's Foreign Office political
director, reported by Times-on-line on 22/3/2006. They have thus formulated the
"incentive" package so as to be unacceptable to Iran They are determined to
obtain in the UN Security Council a chapter VII based resolution, which concerns
threats to global security, and demand that Iran halt its uranium enrichment
program. Such a resolution can then be used for imposition of sanctions and
military strikes against Iran as Russia and China are well aware of with their defiance to the US and UK
Iran has the
support of the 114 member Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) that has defended
Iran's peaceful nuclear
program in their ministerial meeting in the end of May this year in
Malaysia. NAM is second
only to the UN in terms of the number of member states and aims to represent the
political, economic and cultural interests of the developing world.
Iran has also
obtained the support of the 57 nations of the Organization of the Islamic
Conference (OIC) who in their Foreign Ministers Council meeting in Baku in June this year have demanded negotiations with
Iran without any precondition.
there are a number of reports to the effect that Kofi Annan, Mohammad ElBaradei,
China, Russia and even Germany support Iran to continue a research and
development program for enrichment while suspending enrichment on an industrial
scale, a position acceptable to Iran.
setting, pressure by the public in the West can actually defeat the disingenuous
and vile US-UK led diplomacy in the UN Security Council against
Iran. It is thus imperative that the
anti-war movement around the world organizes an effective campaign, including
lobbying parliamentarians and statesmen, demanding immediate and direct US
negotiations with Iran without any preconditions.
Without any mandate from the UN Security Council, the US and UK alliance will be in disarray as they will find
it extremely difficult to take unilateral military action on Iran.
should stand up with a united voice
role can and must be played by the several million strong Iranian communities in
the western world who can exert a decisive impact on the public opinion and the
governments of the countries they reside. The apparent complacency of the Iraqi
expatriate community countries and the publicity given by the western media to
figures such as Ahmad Chalabi greatly facilitated the illegal invasion of their
county with its catastrophic consequences.
various groups of Iranians in the west have already raised their voice against
any attack on Iran, the
overwhelming majority while inherently antiwar have remained inactive and in
denial that an assault on Iran can actually take place. It is
vital that this complacency be strongly challenged.
of attitudes towards the Islamic Republic and human rights issues inside the
country, Iranians should without any hesitation and reservation stand up and
organize themselves in the anti war movement against the rapid escalation of
threats against Iran and call for immediate and unconditional negotiations with
Iran against an imminent illegal
military attack by Israel-US-UK is not tantamount in any way to politically
supporting the Islamic Republic. It is simply to defend the sovereignty of a
nation and the right of self-determination of Iranian people to handle and
resolve their own problems without any foreign state intervention.
waged by Israel against Lebanon and the charges against Iran have made the task
of defending the people of Iran inseparable from defending the people of Lebanon
and Syria as well as the people of
Palestine. By joining these solidarity movements and calling for an
immediate cease-fire in Lebanon and an exchange of prisoners, Iranians
should find their allies in opposing an attack on Iran.
there is still time to prevent the total annihilation and disintegration of
Iran, tomorrow it may be too late.
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