Dear American Readers- Fight H.Con.Res 362 Today, No War With Iran

The National Iranian American Council says-

Wednesday, July 9 is a national call-in day for H.Con.Res 362, the blockade resolution.

H.Con.Res.362 has over 220 cosponsors; is yours one?

Call your member of Congress and ask him or her not to support a blockade on Iran.

Congress is considering this bill at this very moment; now is the time to act to oppose this plan for war. Groups from all over the country are joining together for a national call-in day on H.Con.Res. 362.

This resolution demands that the president initiate an international effort to impose a land, sea, and air blockade on Iran to stop shipments of gasoline, and to subject all cargo entering or leaving Iran to stringent inspection requirements.

Call your representative and ask him or her to oppose the blockade resolution.

Imposing a blockade without United Nations authorization (which the resolution does not call for) would be considered an act of war. Though a vote on this bill has been successfully delayed so far, some Congressional sources say the House could vote on it as early as next week. They need to hear from you before the vote.

Adoption of this resolution would pave the way for war and bypass diplomacy. The immediate effect would be a further increase in oil prices – with gas prices in the US inching closer to $7/gallon and beyond.

Is your representative a cosponsor? Click here to find out.

Tell your member of Congress to oppose H CON RES 362 and join thousands of Americans in the rising chorus of concern over this dangerous legislation.

If your Representative is a co-sponsor: ask them to withdraw their sponsorship.

If your Representative is not a co-sponsor: thank them for not signing on and ask them to work to stop this dangerous legislation from going forward.

Call your representative today!

Go here, enter your zip code to get details.

14 Responses to “Dear American Readers- Fight H.Con.Res 362 Today, No War With Iran”

  1. John Says:

    I am not sure if you are aware that the EU and UN have already imposed sanctions on Iran, it seems that we should do the same.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6582239.stm

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  2. RickB Says:

    Yes I am aware and I disagree with them, what they are doing is denying Iran’s right under the NPT to develop nuclear technology. Iran offered unconditional talks in 2003 which were turned down flat by the Whitehouse and since negotiations have been pre-conditioned by the West which can be seem as a calculated effort to ensure their failure on behalf of the P5+1. Many developing nations feel they are being denied nuclear technology under the guise of scares over nuclear weapons so the nuclear powers can retain dominance and build less reliance on oil. The supreme leader of Iran (note Ahmadinejad is not equal in power to a US president) has stated that nuclear weapons are immoral-

    “The Islamic Republic of Iran, based on its fundamental religious and legal beliefs, would never resort to the use of weapons of mass destruction,” Khamenei said recently. “In contrast to the propaganda of our enemies, fundamentally we are against any production of weapons of mass destruction in any form.”

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/10/31/MNGHJ2NFRE1.DTL&hw=Khamenei+fatwa&sn=001&sc=1000+(2003).

    This resolution is sold as sanctions but is enabling a far different response if so chosen by the Whitehouse, a naval blockade which would be against international law and is a de-facto declaration of war.

  3. John Says:

    It is no secret that the IAEA has serious problems with Iran because they have violated NPT. It doesn’t follow that Iran deserves to develop nuclear technology on the basis of the doctrine that they have repeatedly defied.

    http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Documents/Board/2005/gov2005-67.pdf
    http://www.iaea.org/NewsCenter/Statements/2007/ebsp2007n004.html#iran

    Similarly, one nation of the UN (Iran) is threatening the total annihilation of another nation of the UN (Israel). Again, if you argue that economic sanctions are an act of war, look at the major hostile actions of Iran that predate these sanctions:

    – The Iranians did not give diplomatic immunity to our embassy personnel in the 70’s and held them for several years.

    – Iran unjustly held about a dozen British sailors and have fired upon US and British ships without cause.

    – Iran has denied the holocaust and called for the destruction of Israel, as well as openly funded Hamas in Gaza.

    – Iran has repeatedly defied the UN concerning its nuclear intentions and current progress in its technology.

    Most find it incredibly difficult to believe that Tehran wants to gain nuclear capabilities for energy, simply because the have so much of it via oil. If one takes Ahmadinejad seriously and simply compares his rhetoric to his actions then we have good reason to conclude that he is not creating nuclear technology for peaceful means.

    A lesson that we learned from the holocaust is that if someone says that they are going to kill you, believe them.

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  4. RickB Says:

    Well every part of that can be refuted by reading my blog, so either you haven’t or it’s not sinking in. If you genuinely hold those views you are badly misinformed.
    Iran and the IAEA are cooperating the problems are largely over protocols and safety issues which typically are not considered breaches except the security council driven by the US has made a big issue of these. But let’s cut to the chase what does Mohamad ElBaradei say as reported in the Jerusalem Post-
    “I don’t believe that what I see in Iran today is a current, grave and urgent danger. If a military strike is carried out against Iran at this time … it would make me unable to continue my work,” said the IAEA chief.
    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1213794292053&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

    Guess who’s the biggest violator of the NPT? Israel, it has round 200 nuclear weapons outside of the treaty. Although you could say it isn’t violating it as it never signed, it just went off and built the weapons. Whereas Iran is working with the IAEA. By your logic Israel should be attacked immediately.
    America violates the NPT regularly under Bush
    http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20030301facomment10334/george-perkovich/bush-s-nuclear-revolution-a-regime-change-in-nonproliferation.html

    Iran did not threaten the total annihilation of Israel, also to keep speaking of “Iran’ as if it is some uniform monolith is nationalistic nonsense.
    http://www.mohammadmossadegh.com/news/caught-red-handed/
    The US instigated a coup in Iran, the revolution was an overthrow of that, the embassy staff not surprisingly were held responsible for helping the Shah oppress Iranians. Also in 1979 the US was funding the mujahideenin in Afghanistan (you know Osama Bin Laden) and backing death squads throughout Latin America. And Iran is bad because it rejects a US backed dictator and removed diplomatic immunity? Why are you so focussed on only one country’s activities? Is the media you consume doing that to you?
    Why are US and UK forces off the Iranian coast, is Iran patrolling Manhattan harbour and the Thames? The sailors were in ‘disputed’ waters as has now been admitted by the UK.
    The coalition unilaterally designated a dividing line between Iraqi and Iranian waters in the Gulf without telling Iran where it was;
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article3761058.ece
    The US video footage of the speedboats incident has been widely accepted as doctored.
    http://www.juancole.com/2008/01/us-video-of-iran-speedboats-flawed.html
    A conference was hosted by Ahmadinejad, he’s a chump, that is not- Iran denies the holocaust. Bush opposed a resolution to recognise the Armenian genocide, when do we start bombing the Whitehouse?
    Iran funds Hamas, as does Syria and Hamas won an election, the US funds Israel guess which has killed more people? It doesn’t begin with an ‘H’.
    Now you might believe your last quote, but the people using it to get support do not for a minute think Iran will attack Israel, they & Iran understand mutually assured destruction like everyone else. It is a con game succinctly dissected here
    http://www.iranaffairs.com/iran_affairs/2008/07/iran-israel-us-nuclear-conflict.html

  5. A.B. Says:

    I say economic sanctions isn’t more dangerous than what IRAN mean to destroy ISREAL

  6. RickB Says:

    They don’t, check what media you consume it is not giving you an accurate picture, do you know what sanctions entail? And as clearly written above this resolution goes far beyond sanctions.

  7. Mehrnaz Says:

    I could not understand why we, people, are arguing for what is belong to polititians….
    They know what they do. Be sure if USA wants to attack or if even wants to do something, they will do, with NUCLEAR BOMB or with that. Do not try to bring fear to your readers. All these politicians just seeking for their benefits and do not care about poeple. It’s just an slogan for them. I said all of them even the best one.
    You could not say who is wrong and who is right. Except you gain benefits of your support of someone.
    I am trying to let the people know about ordinary people in Iran, Old Persia and … We are not looking for war and never think about that. I have many freinds around the world that they think here is not safe at all before their trip to Iran, but after that they changed their mind 100% and planning to have a visit again.
    Join me to spread the peace. Have visit http://persiangirl33.wordpress.com/2008/10/06/

  8. Mehrnaz Says:

    Where are you from you Rick, originally?

    Something about SANCTION… you know that it’s a political game again. Except US and some Major Oil cmpanies, most countries and companies are working and dealing with Iran even in Europe (Italy, germany, UK……) maybe a little hard but they are working and American companies are not satisfied with that as I had contacts with them.

  9. RickB Says:

    Hi Mehrnaz, I’m from the UK. The good news regarding the resolution is it has been shelved for now and I do think it being exposed and public pressure did help that to happen. My aim was not to bring fear but to expose a plan that would have made war almost inevitable.
    I’ll have a look round your blog, I agree with you that showing people what Iran and the Persian culture is really like will help overcome prejudices and the fear-mongering from some politician’s. Yes sanctions are always a game and often are used to benefit one sides corporations under the guise of some political principle, the monopoly on uranium by existing producers plays a part in the sanctions.
    Have a look at Neo Resistance by Naj
    http://iranfacts.blogspot.com/
    She also blogs about Persian culture.

  10. Mehrnaz Says:

    Thanks for your comment.
    I was not pointing you as someone who inject fear to poeple. I just use your blog to let some poeple knows and do not trust on Media too much (even in Iran).
    Media are following government’s desirs or theirs to make more money.
    Anyway I think that both side (USA & Iran) had many mistakes and make the people tired. I asked you where are you from because you seems are defending of Iran’s policy. I thought maybe you are Persian originally. Anyway I hope more people try to face themselves with facts and just trust on facts and what they could touch,not what the others let them know.
    Thanks again! I did not write any weblog before and what you saw it was my 1st attempt.I haveto work on learning more.

  11. RickB Says:

    Hey Mehrnaz,
    As far as I know I am not Persian (Irish & English) but I try and -like you say- find out things for themselves and not trust media & government’s.
    Well good luck with your blog, loads of nice pictures which I’m enjoying, I will keep visiting!

  12. Mehrnaz Says:

    you can email me on maryb3232@yahoo.com if you like of course.

  13. Mehrnaz Says:

    maryb323208@yahoo.com, sorry this one is correct

  14. RickB Says:

    Thanks Mehrnaz.


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