Call for United Action to Prevent a Catastrophic US-Israel War against Iran

by CASMII (source: CASMII)
Sunday, August 20, 2006

The US and UK supported war waged by Israel against Lebanon has been the prelude to an imminent massive military attack against Iran [1][2]. Urgent mass action by Iranian people in and outside the country and million strong protests by the antiwar movement around the world, in particular in the US and UK, are absolutely imperative to stop a US pre-emptive strike on Iran in the coming weeks and months.


In his 2002 State of Union Speech, George W Bush infamously accused Iran of being part of Axis of Evil and launched a propaganda crusade against the Islamic Republic, while Mohammad Khatami, the ex-President of Iran, was consistently campaigning for “Dialogue Among Civilizations” in the international community.


Following the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon, Iran is the next target in George W Bush’s War on Terror that he now characterises as war on Islamic fascism [3]. In fact, one likely response by Israel-US-UK to their political and strategic defeat in Lebanon is to unleash a massive pre-emptive military strike against Iran, which they claim is the main evil source of all ills in the Middle East and international terrorism.


As long as Bush and Blair remain in office a pre-emptive catastrophic war against Iran will remain imminent at all times. Twenty one former US generals, diplomats and national security officials who wrote an open letter to President Bush on August 17 urging him to open negotiations with Iran are “particularly concerned about administration policies toward Iran, believing them to be a possible prelude to a military attack on suspected nuclear sites in that country [4].”

US-Israel pre-emptive war pretexts against Iran

The case for a US-Israel military assault on Iran will be based on a purportedly powerful combination of three charges.

1. Iran: “World’s Primary Sponsor of Terrorism”

George W. Bush has accused Iran of “being world's primary state sponsor of terrorism” [31]. He has also described the conflict in Lebanon as a front on the global war on terror [32], and as a US-Iran proxy war [5]. Condoleezza Rice has described the war atrocities and war crimes committed by Israel in Lebanon as the birth pangs of a new Middle East [6]. Meanwhile, Tony Blair has characterized the root cause of the conflicts in the Middle East as an arc of extremists including Hezbollah, Hamas, Syria and Iran, which according to him must be confronted [7].


As revealed by Seymour Hersh, the prominent investigative journalist, the aim of the US-UK-Israel in the war against Lebanon has been to cripple the pro Iran Hezbollah ahead of any attack on Iran and to obtain a pretext based on Iran’s support to Hezbollah to justify such an attack [8][2].


The UN Security Council resolution on Lebanon is grossly biased as it demands the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah to stop all its attacks but gives Israel, which is occupying southern Lebanon, the right to launch “non-offensive” military operations in Lebanon [9].

Furthermore, the UN Security Council calls for Hezbollah to be disarmed and imposes an arms embargo on the resistance movement which is supported by Iran. The Israel-US-UK alliance will be constructing “evidence” that Iran and Syria have continued to provide arms to Hezbollah in violation of the UN Security Council resolution [10].


Iran has also been accused by the US of provoking sectarian violence in Iraq to divert attention from its nuclear programme. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Ambassador in Iraq has recently said about Iran’s role in Iraq: “It is providing arms, training and money and other support to groups involved in sectarian violence, including militias that have death squads associated with them [11].”

2. Iran: “a Nuclear Threat”

The current UN Security Council resolution on Iran, based on chapter seven of the UN Charter which relates to threats to international peace and security, demands that Iran suspend all its enrichment related activities, which are Iran’s inalienable rights, under the NPT by the end of August 2006.


This resolution, which pre-empted the response of Iran to the so-called 5+1 incentive package due on August 22, has no basis in international law as Iran has not been in violation of its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) [12].


In fact, three years of unprecendented snap visits by the inspectors of the IAEA under the voluntary enforcement of the Additional Protocol by the Islamic Regime, have failed to produce any evidence for diversion of declared nuclear material to a weaponization programme, Dr ElBaradei, the Director General of the IAEA has repeatedly asserted that there is no evidence for a diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran to a weaponization programme. There are forty five other countries including 14 European countries and members of the UN Security Council who are in a similar position as Iran in that the time consuming verification of the IAEA safeguards is still incomplete and thus the IAEA is not yet in a position to say that all their nuclear activities are peaceful [13].


Iran has accepted the incentive package as a basis for negotiations without the pre-condition of suspension of enrichment activities, an offer the US and the UK have strongly rejected [14]. Iran has also offered to run its enrichment plants as joint ventures with private and public sector firms from other countries [33], which combined with Iran’s willingness to implement the IAEA’s Additional Protocol could ensure the complete transparency of its enrichment activities. But the West has rejected this offer as well, another indication that the US is not interested in negotiations to resolve the nuclear dispute.


Iran has rejected the UN Security Council resolution as unwarranted and is refusing to relinquish its inalienable rights under the NPT, which includes enrichment of uranium for a civilian nuclear programme.


Thus, as from the beginning of September, Iran could well be in breach of the UN Security Council resolution. Accusing it of developing a nuclear bomb, the US is already escalating its hysteric propaganda against Iran whose president has called for the destruction of -as he put it- “the Zionist occupying regime.”


The US and Israel are already poised to conduct a bombing campaign against the Iranian nuclear plants as soon as the US-UK sham diplomacy, which has been deliberately designed to fail as revealed by the leaked letter of the political director of UK’s Foreign Office[33], reaches a stand-off at the UN Security Council[15][16]. This is expected to occur when China and Russia resist any resolution for imposing sanctions or legitimizing a military intervention against Iran in the coming weeks and months [17].

3. Terrorist threat to the west

Philip Giraldi, an ex-CIA officer, reported in the American Conservative in August 2005: “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 [18].”


In his crusade against “the forces of evil,” or what he now calls Islamic fascism, George W Bush has lumped all Islamic anti-western currents including Hamas, Hezbollah, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Al-Qaeda as terrorist organisations. He has also declared that the Iran backed Hezbollah and the alleged UK air plot suspects share a “totalitarian ideology” they are seeking to spread [19].


After probing the depth of ties between al Qaeda, Iran and Hezbollah, a closely linked terrorist group, the 9/11 Commission found no evidence of Iranian or Hezbollah awareness of al Qaeda's plan for Sept. 11, 2001 [35].


However, the commission accused Iran of providing safe passage to Al-Qaeda members: “discussions in Sudan between al Qaeda and Iranian operatives led to an informal agreement to cooperate in providing support--even if only training--for actions carried out against Israel and the United States. Not long afterward, senior al Qaeda operatives and trainers travelled to Iran to receive training in explosives.” It has also charged that Iran provided safe passage to Al-Qaeda operatives: “Iran facilitated the transit of al Qaeda members into and out of Afghanistan before 9/11, and that some of these were future 9/11 hijackers [20].”


As in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, the US led pre-emptive strike against Iran is prepared in the propaganda war by linking that country with the 9/11 atrocities, however unfounded such an allegation may be.


In this context, as confirmed in Seymour Hersh’s interviews with high ranking elements of the Bush Administration, any terrorist action, foiled incident or threat against the US in the coming weeks and months can be used as a pretext to launch an assault on Iran [2][21].

 

The US "National Security Strategy" (NSS) published by the White House March 16, 2006, maintains preventive military action justified by the "inherent right to self-defence" as one of the pillars of the United States' protection. It goes on to stress: "No country poses a greater challenge than Iran," before warning: "Diplomatic efforts must succeed, if we want to avert a confrontation [22]."

Consequences of a US-Israel pre-emptive attack

The consequences of a pre-emptive military action on Iran, which may very well include the use of tactical nuclear weapons to destroy heavily fortified Iranian nuclear plants underground, has been described by independent experts as simply catastrophic [23] [24] [25][26]. Even Senator McCain, the Republican presidential hopeful, who himself favours a military attack on Iran if “diplomacy” fails, has described the result of any such attack as Armageddon [27].


In the US-UK support for barbaric war atrocities committed by Israel against the civilian population of Lebanon, the international community has already witnessed in horror probably a precursor of what is to come in the US-Israel war against Iran.


To put the dimension of the impending catastrophe in proper perspective, one has to ask this question: If Israel-US-UK are capable and willing to commit such crimes against a Lebanon with a government headed by a pro-western prime minister, what would they be willing to do against an Iran with a regime which has been consistently demonised by the western leaders and media in over twenty seven years? Would they really have any qualms about using nuclear weapons against Iran if it defends itself after being attacked?


The neo-conservatives in the US administration are intent on fomenting ethnic conflict and unrest in the country with a view to support separatism on the road to the disintegration and dismemberment of Iran [28] [29]. They see the break-up of Iran along ethnic lines as the only way to forcibly overthrow the Islamic Republic which the US considers as its number one enemy [30].

Urgency of mass action against a pre-emptive US war on Iran

We call on all Iran focused anti-war organisations to unite and speak with one voice to stop the impending catastrophic US war on Iran.


We call on all peace organisations, dialogue and exchange organisations, NGO’s, political pressure groups and in particular Iranian organisations to urgently plan mass actions in the US and UK and all over the western world to oppose imposition of sanctions and any military intervention on Iran, calling instead for immediate, direct negotiations without any pre-conditions between the US and Iran.


We stress that opposing sanctions and military intervention in Iran by no means implies any political support for the Islamic Republic. It is simply to defend Iran’s sovereignty and the right of self-determination of Iranian people without any foreign state interference.


Here is an Action Plan to stop a catastrophe in Iran and the Middle East:


1. Keep yourself informed and up-to-date on the latest developments in the Iran-US standoff by regularly reading antiwar websites. In particular: www.antiwar.com, www.campaigniran.org, www.iraninformationassembly.org, www.iransolidarity.endofempire.org, www.payvand.com/news.


2. Organise your contacts and join your local or national peace group or antiwar organisation and raise the urgency of mass action on Iran. Plan vigils, demonstrations and pickets.


3. Make your views known by calling your parliamentary representative (for example your House Representative or Congressman in the US and your MP in the UK) and make an appointment to see them. (In the US you can call the Capitol switch board and ask for your Senators and Representative: 1-800-426-8073; in the UK call House of Commons: 020 7219 3000.) Demand that they should immediately call for an emergency meeting of the House, Congress, House of Commons and the Parliament in all western countries to oppose any sanctions or military intervention against Iran and call for immediate, direct negotiations of the US without any pre-conditions with Iran.

4. Write to your local and national newspapers, criticize the biased articles and editorials in the media and raise the above demands for negotiations with Iran.


5. We call on mass anti-war organisations to jointly organise an “International No War on Iran Day of Action” on September 23rd to coincide with the national mass demonstration .in front of the Labour Party National Conference on that day in Manchster.

No Sanctions, No War on Iran!Immediate, Direct US Negotiations with Iran without Pre-conditions!

[1] Wake Up Call to Iranian Communities Around the World

http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?ItemID=10684

 

[2] Watching Lebanon http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/060821fa_fact

 

[3] Bush's 'Islamic fascists' remark sparks ire http://www.isn.ethz.ch/news/sw/details.cfm?ID=16519

 

[4] Words Not War: Military Leaders Speak Out on Iran http://irannuclearwatch.blogspot.com/

 

[5] Bush 'believes conflict is a US-Iran proxy war' http://msnbc.msn.com/id/14305782/

[6] Rice sees bombs as birth pangs http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/124EB0C2-1CEE-4EF5-A3F6-048836DD2A59.html


 

[7] Tony Blair speech

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5236896.stm

 

[8] Israel and US Looking for a Lebanon Pretext to Attack Iran http://www.payvand.com/news/06/aug/1059.html

 

[9] This draft shows who is running America's policy... Israel http://news.independent.co.uk/world/fisk/article1217413.ece

[10] Rice calls resolution "a good first step" to help Lebanon, Israel http://usinfo.state.gov/xarchives/display.html?p=washfile- english&y=2006&m=August&x=20060812102805atiayduj0.6109234

 

[11] U.S. says Shiite extremists in Iraq receiving arms, training from Iran http://news.bostonherald.com/international/view.bg?articleid=152778

 

[12] CASMII Statement: IAEA finds no evidence of Iranian nuclear-weapons plan http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/page/p/CASMII-Statement-IAEA-finds-no-evidence-of-Iranian-nuclear- weapons-plan

 

[13] Statement by the Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran before the Security Council http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/page/p/Statement-by-H.E.-Dr.-M.-Javad-Zarif,-Permanent-Representative-of-the-Islamic-Republic-of-Iran-befor

 

[14] Iran softens stance on nuclear talks http://www.ft.com/cms/s/13fa43a8-2d47-11db-851d-0000779e2340.html

 

[15] Revealed: Israel plans strike on Iranian nuclear plant http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-1522978,00.html

 

[16] The Iran Plans http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/060417fa_fact

 

[17] China cautions West against creating tension over Iran nuclear issue http://www.indianmuslims.info/node/5747

 

[18] Deep Background http://www.amconmag.com/2005_08_01/article3.html

 

[19] Bush links Hezbollah and 'plot' http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4787207.stm

 

[20] Iran Amok http://www.weeklystandard.com/Utilities/printer_preview.asp?idArticle=6782&R=ED2EDB3

 

[21] Bush Planned Lebanon War Months Before http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5eBrfrWoTk

[22] Bush identifies Iran as enemy number one http://www.lefigaro.fr/english/20060317.WWW000000457_bush_identifies_
iran_as_enemy_number_one.html

 

[23] Iran: Consequence of a War
http://www.iranbodycount.org/

 

[24] Will the US Nuke Iran? http://www.campaigniran.org/casmii/page/p/CASMII-Press-Release-Will-the-US-Nuke-Iran

 

[25] America and Iran: At the Brink of the Abyss http://www.antiwar.com/orig/hirsch.php?articleid=8577

 

[26] Prominent U.S. Physicists Send Letter to President Bush http://www.physorg.com/news64505715.html

 

[27] John McCain Warns of Iran 'Armageddon' http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2006/4/2/231135.shtml

 

[28] Pan-Turanianism Takes Aim At Azerbaijan: A Geopolitical Agenda http://www.rozanehmagazine.com/NoveDec05/Azerbaijan-Text%5Bnopict%5D.pdf

[29] US marines probe tensions among Iran’s minorities

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/ed436938-a49d-11da-897c-0000779e2340.html

 

[30] Scathing nuclear report as US brands Iran enemy No 1 http://www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,,1764159,00.html

 


[31] Bush accuses Tehran of being world's primary state sponsor of terrorism

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-1469823,00.html

 


[32] Bush calls Lebanon a front in terror war

http://edition.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/08/14/transcript.bush/

 


[33] Britain pushes for military option to restrain Tehran

 

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-2097772,00.htm

 

[34] Iran and the invention of a nuclear crisis http://www.hindu.com/2005/09/21/stories/2005092105231000.htm

 

[35] 'Operational Relationship' With Al Qaeda Discounted
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7336-2004Jul22.html


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