So you want to stop the war in Iran?

18 April 2006

The Bush administration continues to raise the temperature over the standoff with Iran, while insisting there are no plans for war.  But since we have been down this road before, the opposition is also gearing up to oppose a war that  nobody has yet admitted is being planned.

In a remarkably prescient audio interview with openDemocracy last year, Daniel Ellsberg, veteran of the Vietnam  disinformation wars and source of the Pentagon Papers, offered one suggestion for action to those who oppose a potential attack on Iran: demand of their governments that they state NOW that they will not offer the use of their military facilities for an attack on Iran. It's a particularily pertinent suggestion for the British government since, as Paul Rogers pointed out earlier this week, an attack on Iran is likely to require the use of British bases, especially RAF Fairford and Diego Garcia. If the British government opposes war in Iran, why doesn't it just say no? And if it won't say no, why not?
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