Thursday, October 1, 2009

Phil Wilayto - Opposing War Against Iran

Key Facts to Keep in Mind While Opposing War against Iran
by Phil Wilayto, Monthly Review, September 30, 2009

"After an unfortunate year-long ebb, the anti-war movement in the U.S. is again beginning to show signs of life. This October there will be many local and regional protests against the U.S-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most will also address the expanding war in Pakistan and the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.

While some of these protests also will demand no war against Iran, there seems to be less enthusiasm for addressing this issue. The barrage of media attacks, charges, and misinformation has taken its toll. The controversy around the Iranian presidential elections and their aftermath have also played a role. Taken together, these factors have to a certain extent disarmed the anti-war movement, even as the possibility of a new war grows ever more serious."

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Also, below see a previous article by the same author on the controversy over the Iranian election and its implications for the anti-war movement in the US. The focus in this piece is largely on the political-economic aspects. Power and ideological factors that play vital role in the Iranian politics are not sufficiently considered. Further, the legitimacy of waging "humanitarian wars" against sovereign states is not questioned thoroughly. The article is still a must-read for all concerned.

How Should We React to the Events in Iran? - Phil Wilayto

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