How to Start a War: The American Use of War Pretext Incidents

  • The following article by Richard Sanders published in May 2002, prior to the onslaught of the Iraq war, carefully documents the History of War Pretext Incidents. 
This historical  review raises an important issue: Is the Pentagon seeking to trigger military confrontation in the Persian Gulf with a view to providing a pretext and a justification to waging an all out war on the Islamic Republic of Iran? 
As documented by Richard Sanders, this strategy has been used throughout American military history.

  • Tough Senate Bill Takes Aim at Iran

  • A Call for Peace: Say NO to America’s Military Adventure

  • The Truthdig Interview with Dennis Kucinich

Richard Sanders, Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT)  / Global Research

Submitted by David Culver

With regard to the confrontation in the Persian Gulf, is the Obama administration prepared to sacrifice the Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain with a view to triggering public support for a war on Iran on the grounds of self-defense.

Those opposed to war must address the issue of the “pretext”and “justification” to wage war. 

Of relevance, the “Responsibility to Protect under a NATO “humanitarian” mandate  has also been used as a thematic pretext to wage war (Yugoslavia, Libya, Syria),



Tough Senate Bill Takes Aim at Iran, Nathan Guttman, Jewish Daily Forward

  • As the American Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Conference Nears, Push for Coordination With Israel

  • AIPAC Looming: With the AIPAC conference approaching, some lawmakers are pushing for a tougher American stance against Iran.

  • The AIPAC conference next week (Feb 27-Mar 3) will indicate who runs American foreign policy.  

  • Urge Your Senators to oppose the Graham-Lieberman-Casey resolution

  • Ask your Representative to sign the Ellison-Jones letter

A Call for Peace: Say NO to America’s Military Adventure, Michael Carmichael, Global Research

  • With the pace of war against Iran now thundering in all its fury, it is time to mobilize once again to demand peace

  • Michael Carmichael’s Talk to the Elders for Peace, Chapel Hill, N.C. on December 19th, 2011.

  • Will Your Senators Oppose the Push for War with Iran?

  • Kucinich to Congress: We’re Being Lied Into Another Iraq in Iran

The Truthdig Interview with Dennis Kucinich, Truthdig

As the year (2011) draws to a close, the U.S. government risks repeating the costly mistakes of the recent past by ratcheting up tensions with Iran, emphasizing risky sanctions over diplomatic negotiations and making fact-challenged claims about Iran’s nuclear program. Good thing Rep. Dennis Kucinich is on Capitol Hill to call Congress on its deadly war addiction.

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