“Let’s be clear—we’re already at war on Iran. And the drumbeat for a military attack increases daily. Yet rarely is there any consideration for the consequences and the fact that never before in history has a bomb with depleted uranium been dropped on a nuclear site.”
Patriarchy on the Move. Oil on canvas by Jane Evershed. evershed.com
The prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanhayu, is threatening a preemptive attack against Iran. Right-wing U.S. lobby groups, affiliated with the rightwing of Israel, have been pressuring Congress for years to pass laws to hurt the Iranian people. Now Congress is being pressured to join Israel in an attack on Iran. We must ask ourselves to consider the very serious and devastating consequences.
First, Let’s Be Clear: We’re Already at War. Iranians don’t just hear verbal threats from the U.S., its Western allies, and Israel, such as that they must “tighten the noose” “cripple Iran” and create “forced deprivation”; Iranians experience the reality that these threats have resulted in.
That’s because the U.S. and Israel have been waging a cyber war against Iran. The Stuxnet virus shut down a considerable portion of Iran’s civilian nuclear program, and infected infrastructure activities, including power plants, oil rigs, and water supplies. (1)
Also causing severe internal damage, the U.S. has for a number of years now funded, trained, and backed terrorist groups such as Jundullah, which has been bombing Iranian targets, including military installations and civilians at Iranian mosques. In addition, the U.S. State Department recently took the organization MEK (the People’s Mujahedin of Iran) off its terrorist list to make overt arming and funding of the group more possible. (2) The assassination of five Iranian nuclear scientists in the past two years has been attributed to the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad. (3)
Outside Iran’s borders, the U.S. has surrounded the country with its military bases. Since late spring, F-22 and F-15C warplanes have moved into two separate bases in the Persian Gulf to bolster the combat jets already in the region and carrier strike groups in the area. (4) The U.S. currently has thousands of military personnel and several military bases on an area of about 40 percent of Kuwait’s land. (5) Israel has become a de facto U.S. military outpost with U.S. and Israeli command structures closely integrated. (6)
Sanctions Are an Act of War: The crippling sanctions on Iran have resulted in deaths caused by shortages of medicine, according to an official from the Tehran Province Thalassemia Association. (Thalassemia is a blood disorder originating in the Middle East). Kidney dialysis and transplant patients are also suffering the effects of the shortages, with the impact expected to get worse in the coming months. (7) Last August, the Iranian Hemophilia Society announced that “the lives of tens of thousands of children are being endangered by the lack of proper drugs caused by international economic sanctions.” (8)
Do we want the children of Iran to suffer the same consequences as the children of Iraq and Gaza? A 2011 report by professor Omar Dewachi found that nearly a quarter of Iraqi children under five have stunted growth as a result of chronic malnutrition. (9) When Norwegian Dr. Mads Gilbert, hosted by Women Against Military Madness, came to Minnesota, he spoke about growth-stunting consequences of the sanctions and blockade on Gaza, something experienced by one out of every three children in Gaza:
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