Stop Trump’s Iran war, Senator Sanders says

This 15 May 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Bernie DESTROYS Republican On Iran

Bernie Sanders schooled Republicans on Iran. Ana Kasparian, Brooke Thomas, and Jayar Jackson, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“The Pentagon on Tuesday disputed comments made by a British general who said earlier in the day that he had seen “no increased threat” from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria. British Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, the deputy commenader of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria, told Pentagon reporters earlier on Tuesday that in terms of militia groups that receive funding from Iran, the coalition has found “no change in their posture since the recent exchange between the United States and Iran, and we hope and expect that that will continue.”

Read more here.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Sanders Warns The US Ruling Class Stay Out Of Iran. He Is Supported By Millions Of US Workers

16th May 2019

BERNIE SANDERS, the US Senator, issued a live video on Tuesday warning that a war by the US against Iran would be ‘many times worse than the Iraq War.’

Sanders, the front runner to win the Democratic Party nomination to stand against Donald Trump in the 2020 Presidential elections, was responding to reports in the New York Times that the Trump administration was secretly preparing plans to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East, a plan the paper claims is being spearheaded by Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton.

Sanders said: ‘Sixteen years ago, the US committed one of the worst blunders in the history of our country by attacking Iraq. Now, based on that disaster that he helped bring about in Iraq, it appears that John Bolton wants a war in Iran.’

Bolton was a member of George Bush’s administration that bombed and invaded Iraq, and who remains an unapologetic cheerleader for a war that killed over a million Iraqi civilians.

Sanders said in the video that he was trying to build a coalition in Congress to force Trump to ask Congress for any authorisation to take military action against Iran or ‘anyplace else’ and that Congress ‘must do everything it can to prevent the Trump administration’s attempts to put us on the brink of a catastrophic and unconstitutional war with Iran.’

Sanders attack on Trump and Bolton’s drive to war in Iran and ‘anyplace else’, a reference to the moves to overthrow the legal government of Venezuela, reflects the rapidly developing class struggle of the working class in the US against Trump and the US ruling class and the way it is dumping the economic crisis of US capitalism onto the backs of US workers, and workers throughout the world.

In the past year America has experienced the biggest number of strikes and lock-outs since 1986 with official estimates that 485,000 workers had taken strike action.

Last year saw the highest number of work stoppages since 2007, with 20 major strikes and lockouts as the powerful American working class took action to defend its pay and public services from Trump’s policy of ‘Make America Great’ for the multi-billionaires and giant corporations by driving the working class into the gutter.

This situation will only immeasurably sharpen in the most revolutionary way as the full effects of Trump’s trade war with China and the rest of the world by imposing massive import duties, hits the US working class at home by driving up the cost of consumer goods.

Income inequality in the US, the highest in any country, has been accelerated by Trump’s billion dollar tax hand-outs to the rich, while about 13 million American children are living in homes with incomes below the poverty line.

The mass movement against Trump’s war on the working class is now being reflected in the growing opposition to the US war against Iran and Venezuela, a war intended to secure and dominate the vast oil reserves of these nations making them into the private property of American imperialism.

This opposition can be seen in the 37 day occupation of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington by anti-imperialist activists determined to prevent it being seized from the legitimate government of Maduro and handed over to the CIA stooge, Juan Guaido.

Despite having all amenities cut off and the embassy surrounded by police, the occupiers remain defiant in opposing the illegal coup attempt masterminded by the US, and they have massive public support.

The mass movement of workers and youth in the US has created fear in the ruling class, a fear expressed openly by Trump when he declared a ‘war against socialism’ singling out Sanders as the enemy who will ‘destroy’ American capitalism.

Sanders, who is an out and out reformist, is not the real threat. The real threat are the millions of US workers and youth who are propelling him forward as they become revolutionised by the world capitalist crisis and who will not support wars abroad by the same ruling class that is waging war against them and their families.

The US workers have a decisive role to play in putting an end to imperialist wars. They are becoming more and more aware that the enemy of the people of Iran and Venezuela is their enemy as well and that the only solution to US imperialist class wars at home and abroad is to put an end to the bankrupt capitalist system through a socialist revolution and a regime and systemic change at home!

Washington has ratcheted up war tensions in the Persian Gulf with an order to evacuate all non-essential US personnel from its embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Erbil, the de facto capital of the Iraqi Kurdish region: here.

TRUMP THREATENS ‘OFFICIAL END OF IRAN’ As tensions escalate between the U.S. and Iran, Trump warned the Islamic republic that a fight would result in its demise. “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran,” he wrote in an afternoon tweet. “Never threaten the United States again!” [HuffPost]

No war against Iran. The WORLD PEACE COUNCIL calls for peace movements internationally to prevent the slide to war in the Persian Gulf.

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  4. A war in Iran would make the Iraq war look like a walk in the park. It will be an unmitigated disaster.

    Sign my petition: Tell Congress to pass legislation that would prohibit military action against Iran without Congressional approval.


    Linda –

    Here is a truth you don’t often hear in the newspapers, on television or in the halls of Congress, but it is a truth we must face, especially as the Trump administration appears to be marching us closer to armed conflict with Iran:

    And that truth is that far too often American intervention and the use of American military power has produced unintended consequences which have caused incalculable harm.

    Real American power is not demonstrated by our ability to blow things up, but our ability to forge international consensus around shared challenges.

    A test of a great nation is not how many wars we can engage in or how many governments we can overthrow, but how we can use our strength to resolve international conflicts in a peaceful way.

    And it is almost beyond impossible to imagine that after the horrors of the war in Iraq — a war that upended the regional order of the Middle East and resulted in an untold loss of life — that this administration would put us on such a dangerous path toward more war. But everyday we see a new story about how this administration is trying provoke conflict, like sending huge bombers to the region, or raising the possibility of sending more than 100,000 troops.

    Apparently for some, almost two decades of constant war is not enough.

    Well, unfortunately for this president and people like John Bolton who love endless wars, the constitutional authority for declaring war rests with the United States Congress — not the president –– no matter if that president is a Democrat or a Republican.

    And it is long past time my colleagues in the Senate reassert that authority. That is something I tried to do with my colleagues to stop our involvement in the war in Yemen, and it is something we must do again as the president marches us toward war with Iran.

    Please add your name if you agree:

    Sign my petition: tell Congress to pass legislation that would prohibit military action against Iran without Congressional approval.

    One of the first speeches I gave in Congress was about the first war in Iraq in 1991; a war I voted against.

    And what I said at the time was that our challenge at that moment was not simply to begin a war which would result in tremendous suffering and death, but that the real challenge was to address international conflict without war and bloodshed.

    It seemed to me that it would be a terrible failing, and very ominous for our future, if we could not solve that problem non-violently when virtually the entire world was united against one small country. And that if we were not successful in that effort, all this world would have to look forward to in the future would be war, and more war, and more war.

    There are a number of parallels to this moment in time.

    Today, our most important allies are committed to preventing the possibility that Iran’s undemocratic regime could ever obtain a nuclear weapon.

    That is what the Iran deal was all about. And that was why it was such a reckless mistake for Trump to withdraw from the Iran deal, as even his own top security officials said at the time. Rather than remain united with those allies, Trump’s approach has actually isolated the United States from them, undermining the important consensus that the Obama administration helped forge, and raising the possibility of conflict.

    And it seems to me that, once again, if we turn our backs on a non-violent solution in favor of more military conflict, that we will find ourselves in perpetual warfare. Mark my words. A war in Iran would make the Iraq war look like a walk in the park. It will be an unmitigated disaster.

    So Congress must intervene and utilize its constitutional authority — before it’s too late.

    And I hope you’ll make your voice heard if you agree:

    Sign my petition: tell Congress to pass legislation that would prohibit military action against Iran without Congressional approval:

    Throughout the world today, hundreds of millions of people live in abysmal poverty while the arms merchants of the world grow increasingly rich as governments spend trillions of dollars on weapons and war.

    Our job is to offer a different vision — a vision that one day human beings on this planet will live in a world where international conflicts are resolved peacefully, not by mass murder.

    In solidarity,
    Bernie Sanders


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