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Subject: Escalation with Iran? Ask your Senator to Vote No

 Subject: Escalation with Iran? Ask your Senator to Vote No
  
Can you ask your Senators to oppose the Kyl-Lieberman amendment on Iran? If passed, this amendment would move the United States closer to military conflict with Iran.
Click to write an email. <http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=422884306&url_num=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.justforeignpolicy.org%2Finvolved%2Fnoescalation.html>
Or call them: 202-224-3121    
Dear Supporter of a Just Foreign Policy

The Senate is scheduled to vote as early as today on an amendment that, if passed, would dangerously escalate our government's conflict with Iran.

Can you contact your Senators and ask them to vote against the Kyl-Lieberman amendment on Iran? You can call them through the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 or use the simple tool we set up to send an email. <http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=422884306&url_num=2&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.justforeignpolicy.org%2Finvolved%2Fnoescalation.html>

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/involved/noescalation.html <http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=422884306&url_num=3&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.justforeignpolicy.org%2Finvolved%2Fnoescalation.html>

President Bush has intensified his conflict with Iran, both rhetorically and by authorizing military actions against Iranians in Iraq. U.S. forces have arrested Iranian officials in Iraq even when these officials were in Iraq at the invitation of the supposedly sovereign Iraqi government .

The American people on counting on the Congress they elected to rein in the administration and prevent another war. But by voting for this amendment, the Senate could move us closer to another disastrous war.

The Kyl-Lieberman amendment, if passed, would put the Senate on the record supporting the "use of all instruments of United States national power in Iraq," including military force, to "combat, contain, and roll back" Iran's influence in Iraq. Such provocative language could be used by the President's lawyers as support for war with Iran.

By approving this dangerous amendment, the Senate would also be endorsing the aggressive step of designating part of Iran's army a "terrorist organization." The Washington Post reported in January that skeptics in the intelligence community, State Department and Defense Department worry this step "could push the growing conflict between Tehran and Washington into the center of a chaotic Iraq war."1

(See below for a link to the full text of the amendment.2)

The Bush administration and its allies in the military have kept up a steady drumbeat of unproven allegations that Iran is arming insurgents in Iraq. The sponsors of this amendment recite those allegations, ignoring the total lack of evidence supporting them.

Instead of confrontation, we need dialogue and diplomacy with Iran.

Please call (202-224-3121) or write <http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=422884306&url_num=4&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.justforeignpolicy.org%2Finvolved%2Fnoescalation.html> your Senators to ask them to oppose the Kyl-Lieberman amendment on Iran:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/involved/noescalation.html <http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=422884306&url_num=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.justforeignpolicy.org%2Finvolved%2Fnoescalation.html>

Thanks for all you do for a just foreign policy,

Chelsea Mozen, Robert Naiman and Patrick McElwee
Just Foreign Policy
www.justforeignpolicy.org <http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=422884306&url_num=6&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.justforeignpolicy.org%2F>

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References:
1. "Troops Authorized to Kill Iranian Operatives in Iraq: Administration Strategy Stirs Concern Among Some Officials," by Dafna Linzer, the Washington Post, Friday, January 26, 2007; Page A01
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/25/AR2007012502199.html <http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=422884306&url_num=8&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fwp-dyn%2Fcontent%2Farticle%2F2007%2F01%2F25%2FAR2007012502199.html>

2. See the full text of Amendment No. 3017 to the Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Authorization bill, introduced by Senators Jon Kyl and Joseph Lieberman:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/issues/kyllieberman.html <http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=422884306&url_num=9&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.justforeignpolicy.org%2Fissues%2Fkyllieberman.html>
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