Germans Petition for Peace in Iran
There are ominous signs that the Bush administration plans to invade Iran. This week the Navy concluded a show of force a few dozen miles off Iran's coast that involved no fewer than 15 ships, 125 aircraft and 13,000 sailors.
This seems to be bothering the Europeans a lot, as well it should. We Americans tend to forget that the war we started in Iraq is in Europe's back yard, and the new terrorists recruits it has attracted are a lot close to that real estate than to ours. Sometimes, though, it seems like Americans won't get this through their thick provincial skulls without a quick total reversal of continental drift, where the North American continent zips back to where it was 248 million years ago, just breaking away from the Old World.
A group of German activists and intellectuals has sent the following Open Letter to the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, urging her to try to stop what they perceive as Bush's plans for Iran.
Text of Open Letter:
Dear Mrs. Federal Chancellor and EU Council President:
We, the undersigned, turn to you with the urgent request to do anything in your power to prevent a US war against Iran.
Everything points to an impending and extensive aerial war against Iran waged by the United States of America. Studies of the International Crisis Group show that an attack would not be confined to the destruction of nuclear facilities alone. The aircraft carriers Stennis and Eisenhower have already been stationed near Iran‘s shores and according to The Guardian, a third aircraft carrier on its way to the Persian Gulf.
Those three aircraft carriers and their formations are equipped with weapons, sufficient to completely wipe out all military and civil infrastructure of Iran, including bridges, highways, power plants, refineries and water supply facilities.
To protect US warships against Iranian missiles, Patriot rockets have been installed in the South of Iraq. With alarming appeals, renowned authorities such as Sam Gardiner, Seymour Hersh, and Daniel Elsberg have been warning for many weeks against a new war by the US-Administration.
On February 4th three former commanders of the US military spoke up in the Sunday Times to warn most urgently against the disastrous consequences of an air strike. A similar warning was expressed by former NATO commander-in-chief Wesley Clarke in Munich.
The New York Times of February 9 is bluntly supplied some pretexts for the attack on Iran by holding Iran responsible for the death of 170 US-soldiers in Iraq. . . .
The situation today reminds us of the false propaganda during the months prior to the Iraq war. Unfortunately there are no indications that the US president is working towards a diplomatic solution. He declines the dialogue with Iran in spite of the recommendations of the Baker Commission. His continuing protestations that he would prefere a diplomatic solution serve to dupe the American people as well as the Europeans.
It appears that within the political leadership of the United States there are those determined to eliminate the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran and want to bomb the this country into a completely irrelevant political factor in the region by the destruction not only of its nuclear facilities, but also of all its military and relevant economic capacities. If this actually happens, the entire region of the Middle East will tumble into chaos, which will cause a major threat for peace in the world--not to mention its political and economic effects, last not least also for Germany.
With his insane war plans the US president is acting against the majority of the Americans as well as against many of his own party. In our opinion, there is no political and moral legitimacy whatsoever for any further co-operation with Bush in the Iran conflict since any such co-operation would be understood as consenting to his aggression plans.
Dear Mrs. Merkel we ask you to act because danger is looming. Do prevent this war! Otherwise Germany and the European Union could be made responsible for a disaster of unthinkable dimensions.
1. Declare an unmistakable refusal to military aggression against Iran in the name of Germany.
2. Demand the European Union and its member states to express themselves accordingly.
3. Speak out in favor of new negotiations with the Iranian leaders without preconditions but on the legal basis of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation-Treaty.
4. Stand up for a Conference of Security and Cooperation in the Middle East to begin as early as possible, in order to start the peaceful dialogue in the region. Either there is a common solution for the actual conflicts in the region or there will be a firestorm, chaos and new calamity for the whole of mankind.
Hoping that peace can be secured through the efforts from many sides we remain
Hans Christof Graf von Sponeck (former UN-Representative of the project “Oil against food” in the Irak);
Prof. Dr. h.c. Karlheinz Koppe (peace researcher);
Prof. Dr. Ekkehard Krippendorf (politics scientist);
Friedrich Schorlemmer (civil rights activist);
Prof. Dr. Oskar Negt (sociologist);
Prof. Dr. Christine Morgenroth (physiotherapist);
Prof. Dr. Peter Grottian (politics scientist);
Dr. Gerald Mader (peace researcher);
Prof. Dr. Werner Ruf (politic scientist, North Africa expert);
Prof. Dr. Andreas Buro (peace researcher);
Prof. Dr. Mohssen Massarrat (politics scientist, Middle East expert);
Dr. Peter Strutynski (peace researcher);
Dr. Angelika Claussen (chairman of German section of IPPNW);
Gottstein (Honorary chairman of IPPNW German Section);
Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr (nuclear physicist);
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