08 Oct | Bristol | Don't Attack Iran - Public Meeting
Don't Attack Iran - Public Meeting
Tues 08 Oct | 19:00
14 Hillgrove St, Bristol
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Organised by: Bristol Stop the War Coalition »
Last week, Donald Trump sacked John Bolton as his national security adviser. Bolton is a notorious warmonger and an architect of the Iraq war. He has long advocated war on Iran, and this summer we have seen a ‘tanker war’ between Iran and the US centred in the Strait of Hormuz. He visited Boris Johnson only last month to urge further British involvement in military patrols of Hormuz.
Bolton’s departure hasn’t lessened the danger of war. A new flashpoint threatens even more instability. Last Saturday, explosive drones attacked the Abqaiq oil processing plant in Saudi Arabia, causing major fires in the Khurais oil field. The attack was claimed by the Houthis in Yemen, in response to the conflict there where Saudi Arabia is bombing (ably abetted by the British military which supplies weaponry and advises on targets), and enforcing a blockade which is leading to famine and shortages of basic necessities.
Despite these Houthi claims, the US government has lost no time in blaming Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted: ‘Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply’. It is certainly a very serious attack. In the aftermath, oil and gas production fell by half in the country which is the world’s largest oil exporter. This amounts to 5% of global oil supply. This will have economic effects, pushing up the price of crude oil, but it will also have political consequences.
The threat of war is growing all the time. The main reason for this is the actions of Donald Trump and the US government.
The nuclear deal with Iran which was agreed internationally in 2015 meant there was less likelihood of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. Last year Trump tore it up. He also imposed new sanctions which have been tightened in recent months, leading to worsening conditions economically, and shortages of essentials such as medicine for the Iranian people.
Sanctions are war by another means. In the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, sanctions were responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths. When Madeline Albright, US Secretary of State at the time, was asked about the death of up to half a million children she said it was 'a price worth paying'. We cannot allow this to be repeated in Iran.
Britain under Boris Johnson will do nothing to oppose Trump. If Johnson's 'no deal' Brexit is forced through the government will be so desperate for a trade deal with the USA that they will be prepared to follow Trump's path towards war. We must organise to stop them.
Stop the War is campaigning against any attack on Iran. Join us in building the resistance at this vital meeting
Kerry-Anne Mendoza, Editor-in-chief & co-founder of The Canary
Sweta Choudhury, Stop the War Officer
Chair: Naz Massoumi, Bristol Stop The War Coalition