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H Con Res 362 dies.

 

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In a stunning victory for antiwar forces, AIPAC has been handed a major setback in its campaign to support war with Iran as Congress decides that H Con Res 362 will not be accepted by the US public and shelves it. Not only has a pro-war been defeated, but AIPAC has been more defined as a Pro-War organization. In nearly every article where this extremist resolution discussed, from Common Dreams, Huffington Post, Daily Kos to TruthOut, the key backing of AIPAC has been part of the story. When people hear AIPAC, many people will now think "supporters of war with Iran".  That's called "branding".  By associating AIPAC with its extremist agenda, we can delegitimize it. Eventually then, we can Stop AIPAC. One of the Obits for the Resolution is here.

We still have much more work to do to stop support for sanctions (rather than real diplomacy) with Iran. Needless to say, AIPAC is not giving up. Cong. Ackerman, who was the initial sponsor of the resolution, even promises to come back with another when the new Congress reconvenes in January, We will be ready.

A Congressman retracts his support from 362... Can this be trend to sanity?
True Majority Sends out message to 500,000 members "No Blockade!
Great Video News Report on 362.
Dennis Kucinich circulates "Dear Colleague" letter opposing 362
Another semi-desertion from the Blockade fold. Wexler wants Res. changed.
Excellent analysis of 362 and the need to confront AIPAC by Ira Glunts, right here.


Go here for a full report of the July 8th protest at the SF Federal building. Now Includes video report!


While the speeches of the Presidential candidates received most of the media attention at this year's AIPAC Policy Conference, the focus was mostly on "taking action on Iran". When AIPAC urges action, that usually means military action.  So it is not surprising that it is urging the President to effectively place a naval embargo on Iran. An act of war. A crime against peace.

Excerpt from Resolution supported by AIPAC:

...demands that the President initiate an international effort to immediately and dramatically increase the economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on Iran to verifiably suspend its nuclear enrichment activities by, inter alia, prohibiting the export to Iran of all refined petroleum products; imposing stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran...

 Such a blockade imposed without United Nations authority (which the resolution does not call for) would be seen as an act of war. Congressional sources say the House will likely vote on the resolution, H.Con.Res. 362 (see full resolution here), probably after the 4th of July recess (House votes resumes the 9th) . As of August 1, it already has 262 (see this story) cosponsors in the House.  Current list of cosponsors here.  See bottom of page for latest status.

Congressional leaders seem to have assumed that there would be little opposition to this punitive measure against Iran, and they have put it on a fast track to passage. But due to the threat of war, many organizations and reasonable Members of Congress are working overtime to stop this bill.

Please join Stop AIPAC and go to the Just Foreign Policy website and tell your Representative to oppose this dangerous path that could lead directly to war with Iran. Go Now.  This may be the most important action alert of the year.  This is the centerpiece of AIPAC's current political action.  Can it be defeated?

From the Iran Nuclear Watch blogspot:

According to the House leadership, this resolution is going to “pass like a hot knife through butter” before the end of June [Editors note: Now seems to be on track to pass after 4th of July recess] on what is called suspension - meaning no amendments can be introduced during the 20-minute maximum debate. It also means it is assumed the bill will pass by a 2/3 majority and is non-controversial. As of June 18, the bill already has 169 co-sponsors. If and when the bill is voted on suspension, there will be a roll call vote and AIPAC will use how member’s voted on the resolution in the lead up to the elections.

Congress is taking the path to war and is rejecting a rational approach to nuclear weapons proliferation on this fragile planet. Off the table is ending once and for all nuclear weapons possession by all nations, as was the supposed intent of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).  Off the table is making the Middle East a nuclear-weapons free zone. Off the table is the fact that Israel itself is in possession of a massive nuclear arsenal, and that the US looks the other way. Indeed, if the US were to officially acknowledge Israel's stockpile of weapons of mass destruction, it would be required to end military aid to Israel or violate its own laws banning funding of states that proliferate nuclear weapons.

In short, what is being rejected is a realistic plan for humanity to survive and finally end the scourge of nuclear weapons. The use of military action to deter the possession of nuclear weapons (or using that as a pretext for military action, even if that is not the actual reason)  is the greatest incentive to possess nuclear weapons.  It leads only to a deadly spiral of violence.

How long will the US Congress continue down this insane path of promoting war?  How long will Congress listen to the war lobby, and instead listen to voices of reason?

Protest Planned

 

Further Reading:
Res 362, Another Provocation for War, another Day
Council for a Livable World- Talking Points on Res 362
Congressional Resolution Demands Bush Act on Iran - Truthout
Bomb Iran? What’s to Stop Us? - Ray McGovern
Olmert to U.S.: Impose naval blockade on Iran

UN warns attack on Iran will spark 'fireball' in Middle East
Is Israel Poised To Attack Iran?
Congressman Wexler asked about 362
Scott Ritter on Congressional facilitation of war with Iran, in response to AIPAC influence.

Editorial regarding 362 in Newsday says that this resolution should not be treated as "noncontroversial"
Even better, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorializes against 362
Congressman Gilchrest Speaks out on House Floor

Congressman Barney Frank says that he will no longer support 362.

Gareth Porter is Featured in this informative Video about the Resolution.