Iran … Our Next FAKE War?
by Jes Richardson

We are heading to yet another war … this time with Iran.  It’s “Iraq” all over again and unfortunately there’s nothing we can do about it, at least right now.

I went to Iran in 2007 with Global Exchange and in 2010 with Fellowship of Reconciliation. Prior to my first trip, the U.S. was sending aircraft carriers to the coast of Iran and it looked like we were about to start another war.  I didn’t believe the justifications the media were giving us, so I went there to check it out and this is what I discovered.  First of all, the Iranians I met LOVE Americans.  They don’t like our government, but they REALLY like us.  I found this hard to believe for a number of reasons.  In 1953 our CIA orchestrated a coup to overthrow their democratically elected government.  Then we installed the Shah, a brutal dictator.  We supported Iraq in the Iran/Iraq war with intelligence and military support.  At the end of the war the U.S. shot down a commercial Iranian plane and all 290 passengers along with the crew were killed.  Our government never apologized.

Here are a few facts you won’t hear in the news … Iran is Persian, Shia, and more tolerant than the Sunni Arab countries surrounding it.  70% of the population is under 30 years old. Iran has not attacked another country in over 200 years. Iran has the largest Jewish population (25,000) in the Middle East, outside of Israel.  Jews freely practice their faith and have a representative in Parliament.  Iran does not have a nuclear weapon, has never tested a nuclear device, has never produced weapons grade uranium, and has not threatened to bomb its neighbors.  They know if they did pose a threat, that they would be obliterated by the 45 pro western military bases surrounding their country.

This article would not be complete without mentioning Hezbollah.  There is a wide difference between American and Arab perception of Hezbollah.  Several western countries see it as a terrorist organization, whereas most of the Muslim world see it as a national resistance movement established to defend Lebanon.  Is Iran’s support of Hezbollah reason enough to justify an invasion?  I think not.

A majority of Americans support the Peace Accord with Iran.  Republicans, Netanyahu, neocons, and arms dealers do not.  They want to keep Iran isolated and demonized. Ultimately, they want to overthrow the current government and replace it with a regime more favorable to the west.  Many Iranians I met were not happy with their government and wanted a change, but they emphasized that this change needs to come from within.  They are a very proud people and they’re tired of being pushed around by larger powers, especially by the United States, but they’re also tired of living in fear of their own government.  As I see it, it’s just a matter of time before the people rise up and replace this repressive regime.  Women, in particular, are in the forefront of this movement for change.

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from Obama’s anti-nuclear deal sets the stage for a war that could make the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts look like a cake walk. In fact, the withdrawal could actually increase the chances Iran’s hardliners will push for the acquisition of a nuclear weapon, along with a very real possibility that extreme hawks like “Bomb Iran” Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will use Iran’s refusal to recognize their new list of unreasonable demands as a first step in justifying a war.

Behind the scenes is a growing alliance between the Saudis, Netanyahu, and Trump, with a vision to dominate the Middle East. The cry for “Democracy” is nothing more than a sham. The goal of the power elites is the same as it was in Iraq and Syria … the acquisition of oil and the creation of puppet regimes favorable to the west.  While they send our men and women to war, we get ISIS, broken countries, and mass migrations. Urban populations in Iran are some of the most modern and open minded in the Middle East. Do we really want to make enemies of  these people?  And then there’s Russia and a possible proxy war …. all this to satisfy a very small group of power hungry madmen.

The media is preparing us for a war with Iran in exactly the same way they prepped us for the war with Iraq.  Unlike Iraq, however, Iran is a worthy opponent.  Iran defeated Iraq, despite the help the invading Iraqis received from our government.  Iranians know the only way to avoid a protracted war is to get the attention of the American people early.  As has been the case in the past, Americans will then pressure Congress to withdraw our troops. We need to do all we can to prevent the needless and undeserved deaths of our young men and women…especially since this can be avoided. The wheels of war are already in motion and time is of the essence.  Ideally the movement to get our troops out of Iran can begin sooner rather than later.  Please call Congress so they understand how we feel.  Voting and making ourselves heard are our only means of power…it’s essential that we all participate in both.