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Lieberman has been the leading voice in the Senate in support of a possible US military strike on Ir

Lieberman has been the leading voice in the Senate in support of a possible US military strike on Iran. Last month in an interview on CBS" Face the Nation, Lieberman said "I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq." 

As Cheney Pushes Bush To Attack Iran, U.S. and Iranian Activists Call For Peace

Monday, July 16th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/07/16/1330225

CodePink member Leslie Angeline recently staged a 24-day hunger strike to protest a possible U.S. attack on Iran. We speak to her and Ali Nasri, a representative of "Miles for Peace," a group of Iranian peace activists who are cycling around Europe and the United States to oppose a war on Iran. They both met Senator Lieberman last week to discuss his stance on Iran.

 


Is the stage being set for a US attack on Iran? The Guardian newspaper of London is reporting that the balance in the internal White House debate over Iran has reportedly shifted in favor of military action before President Bush leaves office in 18 months.

The Guardian quotes what it calls a "well-placed source in Washington" as saying: "Bush is not going to leave office with Iran still in Limbo." The source also said Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney did not trust any potential successors in the White House, Republican or Democrat, to deal with Iran decisively.

Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, the Democratic-led Senate unanimously passed a resolution last week sponsored by Independent Senator Joseph Lieberman to censure Iran for complicity in the killing of US soldiers in Iraq. Lieberman opened debate on the measure by saying the Senate has a "choice between turning a blind eye to the murder of our troops and confronting those who are murdering them." The measure passed by a vote of 97 to zero.

Lieberman has been the leading voice in the Senate in support of a possible US military strike on Iran. Last month in an interview on CBS" Face the Nation, Lieberman said "I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq."

Lieberman's comments prompted one person to take action. Leslie Angeline, a member of the peace group CODEPINK, decided she would go on hunger strike until Senator Lieberman agreed to meet with her. She went to his office every day to ask for a meeting and every day she was refused. But she persisted. On the 22nd day of her hunger strike, Leslie was hauled out of Lieberman's office in handcuffs after she refused to leave. A photo of Leslie getting arrested appeared the next day on the front page of the Capitol Hill paper, "Roll Call." The next day, Senator Lieberman relented and granted Leslie a 5-minute meeting for the following day under the conditions that she come alone and without press. The next day, the 24th day of her fast, Leslie appeared in Lieberman's office for the meeting. She was not alone, though. She brought with her Ali Nasri, a young Iranian who happened to be in DC with a group of 13 Iranians cycling around the US for peace. The Senator met with both of them in his office.

  • Leslie Angeline, CODEPINK member who went on a hunger strike to demand a meeting from Senator Joe Lieberman about his statements on attacking Iran. She fasted for 23 days, fainted in his office, and was arrested before he agreed to meet her for 15 minutes.

     

  • Ali Nasri, Representative of "Miles for Peace," a group of Iranian peace activists who are cycling around Europe and the United States to oppose a war on Iran. He met Senator Lieberman with CODEPINK members last week.
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