For the past year the US government has been putting forth rhetoric (Bolton hopes we attack) and propaganda (Fox Attacks Iran) in an effort to build support for a war with Iran (Former CIA officer: US to attack Iran within 6 months.)
I've been trying to write a post about this for months, but every time I start I get writers block when I try to describe the insanity of wars like this. I don't pretend to know enough history to extend this to all wars but it seems clear from everything I've read, veterans I've talked to, and the experience of the last 6 years, that the Iraq war and a future Iran war is a horrible mistake.
Many people in my government seem to think of war as... Well I don't know what they are thinking, but it seems to me the moment you start sending people off to kill other people you have already lost; sadness, suffering, loss of life, loss of limbs, separation of families, loneliness, economic hardship, mental illness and neglect... and that's just what we do to our own soldiers.
In the past 24 hours I've received 2 emails from moveon.org that effectively explain what I've been unable to write. They are well written and provide reliable supporting source links. Here are copies of the mail and links to where you can sign the petition (against starting a war with Iran) and/or write a letter to your local newspaper.
Please give them a read, sign the petition and consider writing a letter. If you're not up for it, consider leaving a comment explaining why. At the very least the decision to allow war to happen should be debated.
[Email #1 Please Sign the Petition ]
[Email #2 Write a letter to the Editor]