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As Conflict With Iran Escalates, Path To Peace Can Be Found

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Reprinted from popularresistance.org By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers,

The recent escalation of conflict between the United States and Iran threatens another US military quagmire that would create crisis and chaos in Iran, the region and perhaps globally as well as costing the US trillions of dollars. The US needs to change course - a deeply wrong course it has been on regarding Iran since the 1950s, escalating since Iran declared its independence in their 1979 Revolution. There is a path out of this situation, but it requires leadership from President Trump, which will only come if the people of the United States mobilize to demand it.

Peace Delegation to Iran at the Iranian Foreign Ministry, February 2019
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The Trump Story Of Last Minute Decision Not To Attack Iran, Doubted

The story repeated in the corporate media, including the New York Times, Washington, Post, CNN, ABC News, and others is that President Trump called off a military attack on Iran at the last moment because he was told that 150 Iranians could be killed. It is evident this was the story being pushed by the White House. Initially, the story was that Trump stopped the bombing with ten minutes to spare, while the planes were already in the air. On Sunday, the story changed to Trump was asked for a decision by the Pentagon a half hour before the attack and said 'no' to the attack because he was told about civilian casualties.

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This story is being doubted by many. Even on FOX News, two of its leading broadcasters, Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace, said Trump's story of stopping the attack at the last moment, "does not hold water" and "something is wrong here." They talked with former military officials and said it was highly unlikely that the president would not have been told of the likely casualties from the possible military scenarios.

Did President Trump really think the US could drop bombs on Iran and not kill people? Trump broke the record for bombs dropped in Afghanistan when in 2018 he dropped more than 5,200 bombs. The UN found that in 2019, the US and its allies were responsible for the majority of civilian deaths in Afghanistan. In 2017, President Trump loosened the rules on drone strikes causing a significant escalation in drone strikes. The US and its allies dropped more than 20,000 bombs in 2017 in Syria, reducing cities to literal rubble. With this record, how can anyone believe Trump was worried about a potential 150 deaths in Iran?

And, bombs are not the only way President Trump kills people. Economic coercive measures (aka sanctions) in Venezuela put in place by President Trump in August 2017 have resulted in 40,000 deaths. In Iran, Trump has escalated sanctions to choke the economy and create hardship for the Iranian people. Sanctions are as deadly as war but are worse because people find them to be more palatable than bombs.

If it was not a concern for the death of civilians, why did Trump not bomb Iran in response to the drone being shot down?

Iran Shows it can Defend Itself Against a US Military Attack

One concern about the destruction of the US drone is whether it was over Iranian airspace when it was destroyed. Iran maintains that it was in their airspace. The US claims it was in international air space, but the US lacks credibility when it makes such claims. Perhaps one reason Trump has not acted is he knows Iran was within its rights.

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Iran reports that they did not shoot down the drone until after giving several warnings to the United States. Major General Hossein Salami of the Revolutionary Guard said, "The downing of the US drone had an explicit, decisive and clear message that defenders of the Islamic Iran's borders will show decisive and knockout reactions to aggression against this territory by any alien."

According to Reuters, Amirali Hajizadeh, the head of the Revolutionary Guard's aerospace division, said that a manned US Boeing P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane was also in Iranian airspace at the same time as the drone. Iran decided not to shoot it down because there were 35 people on board. Hajizadeh said, the US "plane also entered our airspace and we could have shot it down, but we did not."

Reuters also reported that Iran received a message from the United States through Oman that a military strike was imminent and that Trump was against any war with Iran but wanted to talk to Iran about various issues. Iran responded: "We made it clear that the leader is against any talks, but the message will be conveyed to him to make a decision " However, we told the Omani official that any attack against Iran will have regional and international consequences."

Iran shot down the drone with a Surface to Air Missile that was an Iranian-produced defense system. This illustrates that a military conflict with the Islamic Republic would be very challenging for the United States. The Center for Strategic and International Studies reports that Iran has the largest and most diverse missile arsenal in the Middle East. Tehran views missile defense as vital against Washington's aggression. The missile attack on the US drone shows Iran has aerial defense capability.

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Here is a article that takes a detailed look at Iran's military capabilities:

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Once American servicemen start dying for this rather nebulous cause, it will be the reaction of American voters that will ultimately determine the extent and duration of yet another Middle East military, nation re-engineering "adventure".

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I'm afraid that cynicism has taken over for me. There is no rule of law in the US, no observance of international law, no care for what the American people want or how many die as cannon fodder. They want absolute full spectrum domination over the entire planet. the US is a despicable satanic, terrorist nation. and to imagine that it is capable of any measure of honorable behavior is naive.

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Now that's what I'm talking about Lila. Been saying it for years. But as for the government not listening to what the American people want, to me the American people share the blame. Look at the last election. They didn't have to vote for the two war mongers, Clinton and Trump. But they did. There was clearly another choice, Jill Stein. But they chose not to make it for whatever reasons. And yes people, Trump is a warmonger too. The sanctions being placed on Iran and Venezuela are acts of war and are killing people in those countries. Also, Trump is engaging in what some would call warfare in Haiti. And the author of the article already mentioned his bombings of Syria and Afghanistan, and the drone strikes. And Trump has troops still in Syria, and I believe, troops still in Iraq; with an unwanted military base(s), which are all acts of war. So yeah people,Trump is a warmonger too, and a very significant number of American people voted willingly and freely put him in office. But to your point about the character of the U.S. government and the elites who run it Lila, I agree wholeheartedly with you. They are immoral and evil.

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I totally agree with you, Gentry. I do have a major concern regarding Donald Trump. He has watched George Bush sell weapons of mass destruction to the UN, and then ignore their response. I believe Trump will do anything to retain his Imperial position, and that includes the idea that if the country is at war, the people do not want to change horses. His ego tells us that he has a bigger button than Iran or Korea, and if he feels threatened, he just might use it. Nothing is beyond his egotistical desire for self aggrandizement. After walking out on an agreement regarding nuclear material (an agreement that was working) he is deliberately choking off Iran's ability to market their oil. I believe we are facing a bad time with the advisors he has in place.Trump absolutely feels that he can strike first without congressional approval.

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THANK YOU to Kevin Zeese for this article. Thank for his time.

Thanks to all who try to choose peace over war(s).

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Who, in the USA, has been harmed or threatened by any Iranians?

On the other hand, how many of us have been harmed by, threatened by, US corporate entities like Monsanto, Bayer, Big Oil, unregulated Pharms, Big Pesticides, Big Coal, Fracking, etc.? Not that we want to nuke even them to protect ourselves.

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John I agree with you. John those entities in the U.S. that you mentioned are our real enemies. I'll never let U.S. corporate, banking, insurance, and financual interests tell me who my enemies are or define for me what American values are or what patriotism is. And I just don't understand or have patience with people who do.

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