Hands Off Iran!

March 6, 2007

The U.S. government keeps marching down the road to war against Iran.

Over the last few weeks, leading government officials, including George Bush, have kept up a steady drumbeat of misinformation about the Iranian government supplying arms to attack U.S. forces in Iraq.

This propaganda is accompanied by a big U.S. military build-up and direct attacks against Iran's sovereignty.

Since January the U.S. has deployed two aircraft carrier battle groups, the USS John C. Stennis battle group and the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower group, within striking distance of Iran.

Also this week, the BBC news agency, citing unidentified diplomatic officials, reported that the U.S. has contingency plans to attack Iranian nuclear sites and its non-nuclear military infrastructure including air and naval bases, missile facilities and command and control centers.

During the past year, inside occupied Iraq, and in Pakistan, the U.S. has been building military bases overlooking Iran. U.S. combat aircraft have been violating Iranian airspace, and Pentagon officials admit that special forces are already engaged in covert operations inside Iran. The use of tactical nuclear weapons against Iran has never been ruled out.

The U.S. is also instigating the UN Security Council to impose more economic sanctions against Iran.

The U.S. government is trying to justify its aggression by replaying the same tired refrains used in preparing its war against Iraq. The Iranian government is condemned, without any evidence, as a "terrorist state" and for "building weapons of mass destruction."

But the real motives behind U.S. threats and pressure against Iran, just as in Iraq, are the exploiting, imperialist aims of the capitalist class. Iran, one of the world's largest producers of oil, has been a prime target in U.S. imperialism's so-called "war on terrorism" from the beginning. In addition, the U.S. has long sought to throttle the Iranian government for its refusal to accept U.S. dictate. Most recently, the U.S. government hopes that by scapegoating Iran it can find a way to continue and extend its aggression against Iraq.

Make no mistake, the danger of U.S. imperialism launching war against Iran is very real.

At the same time, we must recognize that many favorable factors exist for stopping such a war. U.S. imperialism, overextended in its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is also facing tremendous opposition from the peoples everywhere. The Iranian people and government are preparing against U.S. aggression.

The American people must be active and resolute in opposing every aggressive step taken by the U.S. government so as to thwart its war plans against Iran.

This war can be prevented!