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IMPORTANT! Iran War Resolution May Be Passed Next Week!

In Libertarian on July 2, 2008 at 2:09 pm

From Antiwar.com:

Iran War Resolution May Be Passed Next Week

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Introduced less than a month ago, Resolution 362, also known as the Iran War Resolution, could be passed by the House as early as next week.
The bill is the chief legislative priority of AIPAC. On its Web site, AIPAC endorses the resolutions as a way to ”Stop Iran’s Nuclear Program‘ and tells readers to lobby Congress to pass the bill. In the Senate, a sister resolution, Resolution 580, has gained co-sponsors with similar speed. The Senate measure was introduced by Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh on June 2. It has since gained 19 co-sponsors.
The bill’s key section ‘demands that the president initiate an international effort to immediately and dramatically increase the economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on Iran to verifiably suspend its nuclear enrichment activities by, inter alia, prohibiting the export to Iran of all refined petroleum products; imposing stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran; and prohibiting the international movement of all Iranian officials not involved in negotiating the suspension of Iran’s nuclear program.’
‘Imposing stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran’ can be read to mean that the president should initiate a naval blockade of Iran. A unilateral naval blockade without UN sanction is an act of war.
Resolution 362 has already gained 170 co-sponsors, or nearly 40 percent of the House. It has been referred to the Foreign Affairs Committee, which has 49 members, 24 of whom, including the ranking Republican, are co-sponsors. The Iran Nuclear Watch Web site writes, ‘According to the House leadership, this resolution is going to ‘pass like a hot knife through butter’ before the end of June on what is called suspension – meaning no amendments can be introduced during the 20-minute maximum debate. It also means it is assumed the bill will pass by a 2/3 majority and is non-controversial.’
Our national legislators deem it non-controversial to recommend to a president known for his recklessness and bad judgment that he consider engaging in an act of war against Iran. Those of you who consider this issue controversial can go to the Just Foreign Policy Web site and tell your representative to oppose this resolution.
For more information about this action item, media requests, donations or other information, please contact Angela Keaton at 310-729-3760 or akeaton@antiwar.com.
  1. Unbelievable, can’t believe one president is about to lead the nation into a 3rd war.

  2. The horror:
    They never learn… look for Obama & Co. to also support actions against Iran, so as to not look “weak on security”, with regard to his AIPAC speech and flip-flop over FISA as background.
    http://antiwar.com/radio/2008/06/30/seymour-hersh-3/
    The secret war in Iran: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5wuYqb9wRY

    Scott Ritter has corrected stated that if the US would bomb Iran, look for retaliation by the ME countries, pick your city… Iran is much different than Iraq, they are a unified people and stronger and bigger than Iraq.
    This thing gives one sleepless nights…the neocons (in both parties) are insane.
    As Angela has said, Barr should make Iran a very high priority and go on the attack. He has a lot of strength in this area having lived in Iran, gone to school there and also lived in Iraq and having still access to military intelligence reports about Iran. The military intelligence, CIA etc. are clearly divided to any smart observer.

    LP members should organise demonstrations perhaps if the bill gets passed, speak out on radio and TV etc. Foreign policy advisers such as Doug Bandow should also be interviewed. Libertarians should work together with the “left” as well as the “traditional old right” on this and formalize an alliance, also on FISA and civil liberties.

  3. Barr has previously spoken in favor of sanctions against Iran; please write to his campaign and ask him as the LP’s presidential candidate to speak out AGAINST this most awful form of warfare. We saw what horrrible results the Iraq sanctions had, and as Libs we know that sanctions are always a prelude to war or a way to strengthen a dictatorship, so please urge Mr. Barr to take the Libertarian position AGAINST government-enforced sanctions~!

  4. How to handle an Iranian nuclear program? Do nothing, let the Israelis worry about it? Announce we have spies throughout the Iranian nuclear program and if any bomb material gets “lost” and ends up being used against the U.S., then a missile sub stationed in the Persian Gulf will obliterate Iran?

  5. “How to handle an Iranian nuclear program?”

    I’m more worried about the WMD programs run by the US government. They are more likely to do me harm than the Iranian government.

    “Do nothing,”

    Yes. If *you* want to ‘do something’, be my guest. But leave me out, please.

    “let the Israelis worry about it?”

    If they want to.

    “Announce we have spies throughout the Iranian nuclear program and if any bomb material gets “lost” and ends up being used against the U.S., then a missile sub stationed in the Persian Gulf will obliterate Iran?””

    You’re awfully bloodthirsty.

  6. Hey Roscoe lets get real here. Iran is on the eastern side of the Straits of Homuz just a few klicks from Saudia Arabia. A few missiles fired from Iran into Saudi territory and landing in the oild fields in eastern Saudi could have severe international economic consequences. 40% of the world’s imported oil passes through those straits.

    Let’s also remember that the U.S. and the Brits, whose ass we are always lickin’, overthrew an elected government in Iran in 1953
    MHW

  7. I can go along with Ms. Hogarth up to the point where she thinks U.S. retaliation is bloodthirsty. If the U.S. took a “turn the other cheek” attitude, I think some of the world’s evil leaders (they aren’t all in D.C., afterall) just might take punches at us. Mr. Wilson seems happy for the U.S. to be the world’s cop, standing between the Shiite Iranians and the Sunni Saudis to protect a good portion of the world’s oil. If the bulk of that oil is going to Japan or elsewhere, then let their navies protect it. If economic interests require there need to be world cops, then the free riders need to pitch in or suffer the consequences.

  8. Roscoe you got me all wrong. I don’t want us there at all. Bring home all the troops from around the world tomorrow.

    No missile subs in the gulf at all. Get out and stay out! It is just that we have pissed all over the Middle East and pissed off a bunch of people in the process.

    MHW

  9. MHW,

    Forget Roscoe. He forgot libertarianism after 911. Meanwhile, please spread the word on HR 362. Also, Antiwar.com needs to keep message alive. If you or fellow peace lovers have an extra dollar, click the link.

    A libertarian world should be a peaceful.

    Angela

  10. Angela

    All your posts are going in spam queu

    Not sure why. Possible reasons

    1) Your url includes /donate?

    2) You are posting on a ton of wordpress blog comments?

  11. I can go along with Ms. Hogarth up to the point where she thinks U.S. retaliation is bloodthirsty.

    I didn’t say that retaliation is bloodthirsty. I said that obliterating Iran (as you mentioned) is bloodthirsty. If someone hurts you and you hurt him back, that’s understandable. If someone hurts you and you burn down his apartment house with al his neighbors at home; that’s *bloodthirsty*.

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