One of the reasons that Prime Minister Brown was eager to call a November election was to secure a new term in office before being dragged into a deeply unpopular American-led military adventure against Iran.
Recent strategic, military and political maneuvers have left little doubt that attacking Iran is top of George Bush's list of things to do before he retires, and President Sarkozy has replaced Blair as Bush's cheer-leader in chief. Brown, keen to maintain the so-called special relationship but fearful of a backlash of public opinion, finds himself caught between two stools.
The findings of last week's poll by the International Herald Tribune suggest that only 11 percent of the British public would support military force against Iran.
With Russia and China unlikely to support a UN resolution authorising military action, it is likely that President Bush will order a strike on Iran 'in support of the authority of the UN'. This was the pretext used for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Sarkozy will offer substantial military support. Brown will be tempted to do the same, but knows if he does so, he might wave his chance of election victory goodbye .
Rather than being swept along in President Bush's
slipstream, we call on Gordon Brown not to ignore the wishes of the British
public. We urge him to be his own man and desist from any illegitimate and
unjustified military action against Iran. He should encourage Bush to resume
negotiations with Iran on the nuclear enrichment issue without preconditions and
support the agreement reached between Iran and the IAEA aimed
at resolving the current