Scientists, Politicians and Generals write to Tony Blair against any Military Intervention in Iran
The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair MP
The Prime Minister of the
10 Downing Street,
London, SW1A 2AA
London, 8 May
Dear Mr Prime Minister,
Articles in the New Yorker and
Washington Post last month report that the US government has already put plans
for a military attack against Iran into their operational phase, that the US
military is already active inside Iran to prepare for surgical strikes against
Iranian nuclear plants and that the use of tactical nuclear weapons against Iran
is being actively considered by Pentagon planners and by the White House.
President Bush has since then alarmingly refused to rule out the use of nuclear
weapons against Iran.
The ex-Foreign Secretary, Mr Jack Straw, had stressed
in his statements on the Iranian nuclear issue that there is no smoking gun, no
proof that Iran has a weaponization programme, and therefore no justification
for the use of force. According to the Independent on Sunday, these statements
have reportedly cost him his job under pressure from the Bush Administration.
Any pre-emptive attack led by the US against Iran will no doubt take
place without any explicit UN approval and thus in violation of the UN Charter
and international law. It will lead to a major conflagration in that volatile
region of the world and is bound to result in a sharp escalation in anti-Western
sentiments as well as in extremism, fundamentalism and terrorism.
Military strikes will unite the people of Iran to rally behind their
government in order to resist the West, will cause a prolonged war with massive
loss of human life and destruction to the country, and will set back the cause
of building civil society in that part of the world for decades.
of any tactical nuclear weapons will not only be catastrophic and criminal but
will end the post Second World War international order, which can lead to a
massive rise in nuclear arms race in all parts of the globe, threatening
regional and global nuclear wars.
As individuals who come from different
walks of life and as organisations campaigning for peace and justice in the
world, we support the recent letter by a host of prominent US physicists to
President George W. Bush urging him to rule out the option of using tactical
nuclear strikes against Iran. We also urge you to publicly condemn any covert
military operations by the US against Iran and use all the influence of the UK
government to prevent the US from launching a military attack on that country.
We urge you to commit the UK to resolve all outstanding issues regarding
the Iranian nuclear programme in a peaceful manner.
Professor Haleh Afshar, University of York
General Sir Hugh
Beach - former Deputy Commander-in-Chief United Kingdom Land Forces
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Dr. Stephanie Cronin, University of
Professor Abbas Edalat, Imperial College London, Campaign
Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran
Professor Robert A.
Hinde, CBE, FRS, FBA, Cambridge University - Chairman British Pugwash
Professor Christopher J. Isham, ARCS, Imperial College London
Professor Henrik J. Jensen, Imperial College London
Mir-Hosseni, London Middle East Institute, SOAS
Professor Thomas Kibble,
CBE, FRS, Imperial College London
Dr Omid Masoud, Kings College London
Dr Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh, Chairman Urosevic Research Foundation
Dr Elaheh Rostami-Povey, SOAS, University of London
Seyfe, Kings College London
Professor A. Reza Sheikholeslami, Oxford
Professor Richard L. Tapper, SOAS, University of London
Professor Reza Tavakol, FRAS, Queen Mary University of London
Professor David Wand, University of Portsmouth
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