Stop the U.S. drive to war against Iran!


— LeBeau Kpadenou
Co-Chair, Green Party of Florida

The Green Party of Florida condemns the warmongering being drummed up by the U.S. government against the government and people of Iran, and the insane drive to conflagration in the Middle East.

Donald Trump and his inner circle — which includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton —claim that Iran attacked “Japanese-related” shipping while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was meeting in Tehran with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.  The incident derailed any attempt to defuse tensions between the U.S. and Iran following the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the escalation of economic sanctions against Iran and anyone doing business with the Islamic Republic.

The smoking gun cited by Trump and regurgitated by the New York Times and the Washington Post is a Defense Department video claiming to show an Iranian ship removing an alleged mine from the hull of one of the damaged vessels.  Citing this as “proof” of Iranian villainy is utterly ridiculous.  If a country were attacking the two ships, then the video should show them placing mines ON the ships, not REMOVING one.

The nakedness of this seems to be designed to deliver the message that the U.S. can do what it wants, when it wants, and then say anything it wants with a perfectly straight face.  And the world has to smile and nod its collective head in the face of imperial might making right.

But the world is not exactly smiling.  They note that this incident is only the latest in the U.S.’s sordid history of pulling such “false flag” stunts.

First there was the great-granddaddy of false flag operations, the Tonkin Gulf Incident, which has become almost synonymous with “Big Lie.”

As related by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War’sJoe Miller:

“The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, passed almost unanimously by Congress, caused nearly three million of our brothers and sisters to be sent into a war that only ended with nearly 60,000 Americans dead, along with the usually-forgotten millions of dead Vietnamese, Laotians, and Cambodians.”

The second Iraq war was triggered post-9/11 by the now universally-acknowledged lies about Weapons of Mass Destruction.

According to Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz (March 22, 2019 Washington Post):

“[O]fficials simply seized on WMDs because they concluded that that represented the strongest case for an invasion. …it was the one reason everyone could agree on.”

That playbook worked so well (they did get their war) that it became a regular feature of the still ongoing conflict in Syria.  Every time there were rumors of some kind of peaceful settlement there, or when the Syrian Arab Army was making decisive gains in their fight against ISIS or Al Qaeda, it seemed like the Assad government was deliberately trying to throw it all away with some “horrendous” attack that would kill a few dozen civilians and provide the pretext for a rain of missiles.

The U.S. has played that one too many times.  Such charges were each fatally debunked months after the fact, and they lost their credibility.  The U.S. response now:  try a Bigger Lie.  But even the New York Times and Washington Post’s headlines have noticeably shifted from Friday morning to Friday evening.

The Pentagon’s “proof” is now “alleged.”  Washington Post now states, “Ship owner contradicts U.S. account of attack.”  And “In Baghdad, Iraqis fear that U.S.-Iranian hostilities will play out on local soil”:

“If Iran and America do go to war, then of course we’ll be right in the middle … This cannot go well for us.”

Then the New York Times:  “Distrusting Both Iran and U.S., Europe Urges ‘Maximum Restraint’”

As Joe Miller asks, “How many might have been saved if I spoke up or acted earlier?”

We call upon all Americans to speak up now and stand firmly against this drive to a ruinous war that could all too easily spill beyond the confines of the Middle East and whose consequences are almost unimaginable.

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4 thoughts on “Stop the U.S. drive to war against Iran!”

    1. Thanks, Robert!
      The article you sent was quite interesting. I was not aware that there was such a schism on this issue in the LP. I am curious what the relationship is between the LP and the Libertarian Institute.
      I doubt you are prepared to leave your party over one issue if you still share their core beliefs. But if you find yourself in the market for a new party, let us know and we will do our best to inform about our Values and the issues we are focused on.

      1. Thank You, LeBeau

        From the Institute Facebook page: “Our goal is to unite the libertarian movement, and more importantly, to realign American politics around our agenda — prioritizing opposition to the worst of state power: the permanent war state, the prison and police states, and corporate welfare, corrupt contracts, and bank bailouts that rig the economy for the political class.

        The Libertarian Institute’s mission is to prioritize these issues and work with other groups from across the political spectrum against the greatest of abuses by the State.

        The Libertarian Institute is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization…”

        I don’t see it so much as a”schism”, rather as a disagreement over order of priorities.

        My friend Adam Kokesh is running for the LP’s 2020 Presidential nomination. He’s an Iraq war veteran like the Dem’s Tulsi Gabbard and as with her, he gets the gravity of the situation. Hopefully, he’ll have an enlightening influence.

        “Scott Horton is Managing Director of The Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio…”…and if you listen most of his podcasts, as I do, you know the great majority of his guests, such as Jill Stein, are leftists. I find that’s the case whenever I attend anti-empire events; that’s who’s leading and doing the heavy lifting in the anti-war movement. That’s probably been the case for the most part since WWI.

        As Scott commented to me in a recent e-mail, “God I hate the LP. What a waste.” That should answer your question about the connection…


        PS: I think your party should try to get Gabbard as you Presidential nominee after The Democrat establishment forces her out of the race. Stein’s a great candidate, but you can’t keep running her over and over again.

        1. Thanks for the edification. I guess I may have had some misconceptions about what modern Libertarians stand for. Perhaps I should reach out to state party leadership and see where we can work together. Since we rarely run candidates in the same races, there may be room for some type of coalition there, especially around war and electoral reform.
          I hope the LP will lean in harder on their anti-war stance. That was my biggest beef with Johnson.
          Dr. Stein has said she will not be running again, and after the claims of treason, anti-vax and more, I can’t blame her. We have a strong field of 5 or more candidates vying for our nomination.
          Inviting Tulsi to run on our ticket is likely out of the question. Tulsi is a Dem, and for us to snub long-term Greens to hand her the nomination would be unacceptable, IMO. The Sanders situation last time around was pretty unique, and Sanders was not actually a Dem except for purposes or running for Prez, so inviting him in was much more palatable (and likely still cost Jill some political capital within the party.)

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