All Americans want to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons and interfering on the ground inside
Yet, President Bush's continued saber-rattling gives the US little additional leverage to engage and
dissuade Iran, and, more than likely, simply accelerates a dangerous slide into war. The United States can do better than
Whatever the pace of Iran's nuclear efforts, in the give and take of the Administration's rhetoric
and accusations, we are approaching the last moments to head off looming conflict.
Surely, it is past time to urge President Bush to exercise leadership
and start to work now to avoid a widening of the conflict in the Middle East.
That's why today, I'm joining with Jon Soltz, Chairman of VoteVets.org, the preeminent organization representing Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, to launch StopIranWar.com.
Visit StopIranWar.com today and sign the petition to President Bush. War is not the answer.
StopIranWar.com is a one-stop resource for all Americans to help stop the looming conflict with Iran. With the latest news on Iran and online
tools to contact President Bush, lobby your members of Congress, and write letters to the editor to local and national print
media, StopIranWar.com will help us create the groundswell of support needed to stop another dangerous war in the Middle East.
Americans and their elected officials in Congress must work together to demand that President Bush
stop the rush to war with Iran. The United States must use every option available to defuse tensions with Iran - diplomatic,
political, and economic - before even considering military force. Military force must be viewed as the last resort - not the
Cannot the world's most powerful nation deign speak to the resentful and scheming regional power that
is Iran? Can we not speak of the interests of others, work to establish a sustained dialogue, and seek to benefit the people
of Iran and the region? Could not such a dialogue, properly conducted, begin a process that could, over time, help realign
hardened attitudes and polarizing views within the region? And isn't it easier to undertake such a dialogue now, before more
die, and more martyrs are created to feed extremist passions?
War with Iran is not the answer. We must work with our allies, talk with Iran, and use all diplomatic,
political, and economic options at our disposal. Military force against Iran is not the solution now, and if we adopt the
right strategy, perhaps it need never be.