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“No War on Iran” protests Feb. 4 set for at least 56 cities
12 noon at the White House
The ANSWER –Act Now to Stop War & End Racism - Coalition is calling on everyone to join the demonstrations taking place in the U.S., Canada, India, Ireland, Bangladesh, England and other countries on Saturday, February 4, to demand: “No War on Iran, No Sanctions, No Intervention, No Assassinations.”
The call for the National Day of Action is sponsored by scores of progressive organizations and protests are now scheduled in at least 56 cities.
The U.S.-led campaign to bring about regime change is escalating. The European Union has announced a complete embargo of Iranian oil. Taken together with the other economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its allies, this is a campaign meant to impose maximum suffering on the people of Iran by destabilizing and destroying the country’s economy. At the same time, covert action inside the country, including assassinations, sabotage and drone over flights, is intensifying. U.S. military bases surround Iran, while nuclear-armed U.S. aircraft carriers and Trident submarines sit right off its cost.
The Israeli government, which is the largest recipient of U.S. military aid, is threatening to unleash military strikes against Iran at the same time as the United States and NATO powers impose economic sanctions and carry out covert operations to destabilize the country.
The pretext for this aggression against another country in the strategic Persian Gulf region is that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, an assertion that Iranian leaders have denied. The utter hypocrisy of this charge by the world’s leading nuclear weapons power and its nuclear-armed allies, including Israel, Britain and France, could not be clearer.
U.S. seeks to repeat history
Sixty years ago, the U.S. and British imposed a worldwide embargo on Iranian oil in response to the nationalization of the country’s petroleum resources by the Mossadegh government, the first democratically elected government in Iran’s history. The embargo weakened the government enough so that in 1953 the U.S. CIA was able to carry out a coup, and place the Shah (king) back on the throne. For the next 25 years, the Shah served a extremely brutal agent of the U.S., killing up to 100,000 Iranians in the regime’s notorious torture chambers, and turning the country’s resources over to U.S. oil companies and banks.
Twenty-one years ago the U.S. pushed the UN Security Council a total blockade of Iraq. Thirteen years of sanctions killed more than a million Iraqis and severely weakened the country, paving the way for the 2003 invasion and an occupation which killed a million more Iraqis and killed and wounded tens of thousands of U.S. and other occupying troops.
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Now is the time to take action to stop the war that has already started against Iran before it escalates. If you would like to support this action and other ANSWER events, please donate to us today.