DIPLOMACY WITH IRAN, NOT WAR
The drumbeat for military action against
Iran continues. But Iran has not threatened
to attack the United States, and there is
no compelling evidence that Iran poses a
real and imminent threat to the security
and safety of the United States that would
justify an unprovoked unilateral pre-emptive
military attack. In fact, a 2007 National
Intelligence Estimate (NIE), representing
the consensus view all 16 U.S. intelligence
agencies, concluded that Iran froze its
nuclear weapons program in 2003, and an
earlier NIE concluded that Iran's involvement
in Iraq "is not likely to be a major
driver of violence" there.
A war with Iran would have staggering economic,
humanitarian, political and military consequences
for both countries, and would plunge the
entire region into greater chaos.
We urge direct, sustained, unconditional
and comprehensive talks between the governments
of the United States and Iran as a realistic
way to de-escalate tensions and resolve
all outstanding issues.
In these times when the Iraq war has cost
the lives of over 4,000 U.S. soldiers and
countless Iraqi civilians, and drained our
nation's financial resources, we hope you
will join us in action to stop a new war
with Iran before it begins.
Check out our ideas, tips
and 'how-tos' below...
your city to pass a resolution for diplomacy,
not war, with Iran! + Get
your Mayor to be a Peace Mayor!
In light of ongoing belligerent
remarks of US officials and presidential
candidates toward Iran, CODEPINK,
Global Exchange and Cities for Progress
have launched a campaign to encourage cities
to pass resolutions calling for diplomacy
with Iran, not war.
FOR PEACE*On June 20, 2008,
mayors from around the country were at the
US Conference of Mayors in Miami, FL, and
decided to table a vote (until next year's
conference) on a resolution to stop war
with Iran. Contact your mayor and ask him/her
to be a cosponsor of this resolution!
for our tips on encouraging your mayor
to be a peace mayor! 41
are on board so far!
Learning more about Iranian culture, staying
up on current events/new articles/ books/talking
points by foreign policy experts will support
with the information you need to be an advocate
for peace with Iran. Here are some jumping
Step: Read, Listen...
Step: Take Action
Ask Your Press to be Critical and Vigilant!
mainstream media is already jumping on the
bandwagon about the Iranian threat. We hoped
they would have learned their lesson after
spreading falsehoods about WMDs in Iraq.
But once again journalists such as New York
Times' Michael R. Gordon, Judith Miller's
sidekick in the WMD and phony aluminum tubes
reporting, are quoting
anonymous sources as proof that
Iran is providing Iraqi militias with powerful
explosives to attack US troops. For more
analysis of the press and Iran, click
fact, the evidence against Iran is insubstantial
and full of exaggeration. Even General Pace,
the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
said he hasn't seen any intelligence that
supports the claim. We
need to tell the press that now is the time
to ask serious questions instead of blindly
supporting the administration's headlong
rush into another tragic and unnecessary
war. Please contact media
outlets and tell them we demand a critical,
here to send your letter now!