Sunday, June 29, 2008

A hideous US bill in Congress

There are updated events and actions on the WNC Peace Coalition blog, but I wanted to call everyone's attention to this bit of legislative news..... apparently, our US Congressman and Congresswomen are thinking that a blockade on Iran would be a good idea.

I bet the Congress critters in the late 1930's thought it was a good idea against Japan too. And it lead to an attack on our country.

Now, I don't think Iran will attack our country. I think they will keep their cool and not attack anyone. They will be busy thinking of other ways they can undermine the USA. But that is not the point - the point is that this action is AN ACT OF WAR. So we must do what we can to stop this hideous piece of legislation.

From United for Peace & Justice:

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a new resolution that could effectively demand a blockade against Iran -- an act that would be widely seen as an act of war and could invite Iranian retaliation, possibly leading us into a shooting war.

Over the last three weeks, 77 House Democrats and 92 Republicans have agreed to cosponsor this resolution, but we think many do not realize its dangerous implications.

This resolution (H. Con. Res. 362) was introduced by Representative Gary Ackerman. The most alarming provision "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."

Such a blockade imposed without United Nations authority (which the resolution does not call for) would be seen as an act of war. Congressional sources say the bill might first go to committee, which gives us a little more time to pressure our representatives. But whether or not it goes first to committee, or directly to the floor of the House, action on H. Con. Res. 362 is needed now.

We urge you to ask your representative not to support this dangerous step toward war with Iran.

Also – CALL SHULER – He is a cosponsor of this hideous bill. 828-252-1651

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