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Stop trying to use a mythical nuclear scare to justify another war. Stop killing people and using bombing instead of diplomacy to protect American interests and stop trying to steal the entire pie instead of sharing it with the world community.
Editor's note: Brian Appleton is a CASMII Columnist. This letter has been sent by MoveOn.org to the New York Times for publication.
Concerning Julian Borger’s article, "Decision time for US over Iran threat" (The Guardian, 16 November 2007): "Is this really the right choice of topic to sensationalise?" .... The reader would be forgiven for assuming that according to the IAEA, the Iranians are within a year of having produced enough highly-enriched fuel to make a nuclear bomb, but, as I am sure Julian Borger is well aware, no reputable expert believes any such thing. ››read more
The latest US sanctions against Iran, combined with the request for an extra $46 billion in emergency funds, are clear indications that George Bush is preparing to attack Iran before he leaves office. Sanctions reduce the possiblity of joint international co-operation and the demand for extra military spending comes hot on the heels of a series of unambiguous military and strategic manoeuvres. ››read more
The Bush administration's plan to brand Iran's Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organisation is a clear attempt to give a fig-leaf of legal legitimacy to future military intervention against Iran.... Bush's lawyers would be able to argue that any military strike on Iran is now covered by the October 2002 authorisation to use military force in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Today, it appears that the newspapers in this country have faced several paper shortages; in the spirit of the Great War and the propaganda apparatus set up to ‘explain war’, the stories we see in print are not based on accuracy, but rely on the Bush White House agenda to justify wars – one after another. The most recent example of this is the Sciolino and Broad ‘interpretation’ of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s report on Iran which they presented so very inaccurately. ››read more
Editor's note: This letter is in response to NY Times’s article, “Iran Expanding Its Nuclear Programme, Agency Reports” (August 30 2007) by Elaine Sciolino and William J. Broad. Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich is a CASMII Columnist.
Fotini Christia's Aug. 26 op-ed, "A Quiet Battle for Rights in Iran," was accurate but incomplete in that it blamed government intolerance alone for the problems faced by female campaigners in Iran..... Responsibility for creating paranoia about foreign-inspired subversives also rests with the Bush administration, which allocates tens of millions of dollars yearly to destabilizing Iran in the name of aiding democracy. (The money would be better spent in Saudi Arabia, where far worse discrimination against women is tolerated by Washington.)
Editor's note: Rostam Pourzal is president of the U.S. branch of the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran.
It is increasingly suspicious that every time the United States has begun a diplomatic initiative with Iran--the latest on August 6, some United States military official in Iraq comes forward to accuse Iran of supplying weapons to attack U.S. troops. Perhaps it is coincidence, but the reporter rendering these accusations for the public seems always to be Michael R. Gordon. These military reports and the New York Times reportage seem timed to undermine these diplomatic talks. ››read more
Jonathan Freedland's assessment (Comment, July 18) that the "threat" posed by Iran will be resolved within the next year either through sanctions or war should give us cause for concern. ››read more
"...When a prestigious news source such as the Financial Times, which I periodically read on line, publishes the garbage found in the American press without concern for accuracy, I can come to no other conclusion than that you are preparing your readers for an expansion of the war in Iraq to Iran." ››read more
It is regrettable that the Iranian-American mayor of Beverly Hills should capitulate to the anti-Iran divestment campaign spearheaded by Israel's former prime minister and leader of the opposition right-wing Likud Party, Benjamin Netanyahu. Mayor Delshad has justified his decision, to introduce a proposal for Iran divestment to the city council, by telling the Los Angeles Times that he intends to prove that he "supports America." How ironic that in the same report in LA Times an American head of the state's school pension fund has reminded Mayor Delshad that such drastic measures are reserved for very exceptional, and severe, cases such as genocide. Mayor Delshad would have been more on the mark had he said that his intention is to prove that he supports Israel. ››read more
Over half a century ago, Bertrand Russell and Alfred Einstein issued an extraordinary appeal to the people of the world, warning them that they face a choice that is “stark and dreadful and inescapable: Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war?” Accepting a so-called “missile defense system” makes that choice, in favor of an end to the human race, perhaps in the not-too-distant future. ››read more
Given the existence of longstanding hostilities between the governments of Iran and the United States, the government of Iran has shown extreme sensitivity to the idea of individuals or groups receiving funds to engage in activities that, in the public words of at least some American officials, is intended for an eventual "regime change" in Iran. I am sure the United States government would show similar sensitivity if it was revealed that there were individuals or organizations in the United States that were receiving funds from hostile groups or countries intent on creating instability in that country. ››read more
The problem is when you have too much power you begin to think with your muscles. You are like a wounded bull in the china-shop that is Middle East. Whatever you touch, wherever you intervene, something is broken, something is ruined. Perhaps at some point you have to STOP and think of a way out without inflicting much more damage to yourself and those around you.
Until you learn to respect other peoples' right of self-determination and until you abandon your language of intervention, force and threats against my country, no number of visits to art galleries will solve our problems. ››read more
"The central themes of your campaign to primary voters for presidential election are just as misleading as your misrepresentation of Iran to the American public." ››read more
Editor's note: This open letter to Mr Rudolph Guiliani is drafted by CASMII member Jubin Motamed in response to Guiliani's New York Times interview with Marc Santora.
From 35 Iranian, Iraqi and British women academics, activists and politicians.
Sir, Once again Iran is in the news. While the US has learnt nothing from the invasion of Iraq and continues its posturing with Iran, Iranian women have certainly heeded a few lessons. Their active struggle for gender equality is now exacerbated by concerns about military attacks and how external threats are used as a pretext further to limit their space for building a stronger women's movement. ››read more
Brothers and Sisters, Iranians, Americans and peoples from around the world,
the American-Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC) calls upon you to join us
this March 17th, show determination, resilience and unity to stop the war in
Iraq and deter the establishment from starting another war. ››read more
The statement in your Leader, 26th February, that in "In truth, there is just as much sabre-rattling coming from the US as from Iran" is misleading. What you call, Iran's "sabre-rattling" is merely Iran's refusal to accept an illegal ruling from the Security Council which despite proclamations to the countrary does not represent the wish of the "inernational community". ››read more
I was angered, distressed and ashamed by her ignorance, her refusal to listen, and what amounted to a barrage of verbal abuse directed at one who was simply attempting to put the record straight as he saw it. ››read more
On 14th February, Abbas Edalat, CASMII’s founder, took part as witness in the BBC’s Moral Maze programme to discuss the morality of a US military attack against Iran. The following letter was sent to him afterwards. You can listen to the programme here.
Never in the long history of Iran has a threat had such disastrous
potential as the current threat of US attack. In the past when the
Greeks, Arabs, Mongols, etc. raided, destroyed, divided the country, there
was always the potential for a strong leader to rise up in the future and
re-unify the land.
Post US aerial bombardment of Iran (similar to the attack on Serbia)
central government will fall and every ethnic group will take their own
pound of flesh. The ensuing statelets will be busy squabbling and
fighting for generations to come and that's exactly what the US desires. ››read more
Dear Honorable Mr. President Bush,
Please do not bomb my parents, my parents-in laws, grandmother, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, thousands of other relatives, friends, and 70 million Iranians that do not want anything to do with war and your ideas of democracy and freedom. ››read more