War With Iran The United States, like Israel, has become a pariah that shreds, violates or absents itself from international law

Soleimani assassination risks all-out war between US and Iran - David Gardner, FT

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The attack in Iraq which killed the Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, is a serious escalation by Trump of a conflict which has now gone on for nearly 20 years. Since the attacks on the world trade centre the “war on terror” has been a justification for every foreign policy adventure of three US administrations. It has also been used for domestic oppression against whistle blowers such as Chelsea Manning.

Trump tapped into war weariness in American society as part of his “man of the people” act. Like Obama before him he has betrayed this promise by continuing and increasing the number of drone strikes and escalating the tensions with Iran since his election.

This latest attack has fueled tensions with his Iraqi allies who have been embarrassed by the strike on their soil without prior knowledge. However, this may not be unintentional as Trump can justify moving troops from Iraq to other bases in the region to better position himself to attack Iran.

Moving some troops out of Iraq would allow Trump to claim to have fulfilled his election promise of 2016 while at the same time securing the Saudi alliance. The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran is in itself a contest for supremacy between two regional powers who do not have the best interest of their own people at heart, to say nothing of the interests of the people in other countries which they wish to control.

Recent protests in Iran over the cost of living will now be more easily suppressed with the claim of US interference and the actuality of US sanctions which are crippling the economy of Iran. Perhaps Trump hopes to bathe in the glory of being a “War President” as a way to get more votes in the upcoming US election.




The Irish Anti-War Movement condemns the reckless targeted assassination of the leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Quds force, General Qaseem Suleimani, along with six others by a US air strike at Baghdad airport last night.

This is quite simply a blatant, provocative act of war by the US Government against Iran.

This assassination is the latest in a series of tit-for-tat strikes in the cold war between the US and Iran but this reckless act seriously increases the danger of a new war in the middle east. It will do nothing except escalate tensions across the region and will likely lead to even more violence being inflicted on ordinary citizens who have suffered terribly over the last 20 years from US sanctions, invasion and occupation. It will also allow Iranian leaders free reign to suppress any internal struggles for social justice and democracy.

The omens are not good as already the US Government has instructed all its citizens to leave Iraq immediately and in recent weeks has deployed thousands more troops to the region.

Whatever about Suleimani’s role in fomenting regional violence his leading role in helping defeat ISIS makes him a national hero in Iran which is a highly militarised country with 500,000 armed troops. Iran’s leaders will not take his targeted assassination lightly.

Glenda Cimino, US citizen and a member of the IAWM Steering Committee, said:
“We can no longer afford to make enemies of other people and nations. Our collective enemy is climate deterioration, loss of habitat and species on earth. Trump’s reckless and illegal use of assassinations and cruel sanctions on the Iranian people will not lead to ‘victory’. He is really dangerous for world peace and the sooner he is removed from office, the better.”

Jim Roche, PRO of the IAWM noted that:



Don’t Attack Iran!

The Irish Anti-War Movement is totally opposed to any attack on Iran.

Like Jeremy Corbyn, former UK ambassador Craig Murray and many others we do not believe that there is credible evidence that Iran attacked tankers in the Strait of Hormuz.

As Craig Murray has pointed out it is highly implausible that Iran would attack a Japanese oil tanker at the very moment the Japanese Prime Minister was sitting down to friendly, US-disapproved of, talks in Tehran on economic cooperation that can help Iran survive US sanctions.

And as he also notes: “The Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous was holed above the water line. That rules out a torpedo attack, which is what is claimed. The second vessel, the Front Altair, is Norwegian owned and 50% Russian crewed. It is owned by Frontline, a massive tanker leasing company that also has a specific record of being helpful to Iran in continuing to ship oil despite sanctions. It was Iran that rescued the crews and helped bring the damaged vessels under control. That Iran would target a Japanese ship and a friendly Russian crewed ship is a ludicrous allegation”.

But regardless of this particular dispute it is abundantly clear that a further war in the already war-torn and devastated region would be a catastrophe for all the peoples caught up in it, including ordinary US soldiers. Iran is more than three times the size of Iraq with more than double its population. The idea that Iran could be invaded and subdued is utter madness. It would inevitably involve a prolonged war costing hundreds of thousands, probably millions of lives.

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