Bush Singles Out Iran in Address

Target Iran: The Truth about the White House Plans for Regime Change –Today’s discussion?


“Not only did the President single out Iran (four times, according to an NPR commentator), but I heard no rebuttals from members of Congress regarding the threat of US war against Iran, with one exception aired by international media. This speech raises the rhetoric of accusations against Iran. We should be quite aware: Congress is NOT READY to put the brakes on the next war! They only have only begun sounding an alarm about current massacres. That’s far too late. How will we put the brakes on in advance of massacres?

The President also proposed “a civilian reserve corps … giving civilians a chance to serve in the defining struggle of our times.” Perhaps more corporate mercenaries are on the way, not bound by sworn oaths to the constitution, or treaties among nations. (‘… A ‘Blade Runner’ future?’ asked Ronald Steel, author of Temptations of a Superpower (1995) at Amherst College, on Jan. 21.)

The President hailed examples of personal successes and personal sacrifice, but NO one mentioned shrinking local budgets that force school closures, elimination of the librarian at our Middle School, torture, rendition, illegal search & seizure, dismissive signing statements or the elephant in the room — as silent as a hunting fox — corporations ready for the profits of war and global domination. We can expect drug companies to benefit, nuclear power companies, Lockheed Martin, and weapons manufacturers to increase profits, while “entitlements” for the people experiencing difficulties are closely scrutinized and shrink before our eyes — unless ordinary people are willing to intervene to secure the peace all people need.

How can we put the brakes on plans for war with Iran? How do we intervene to prevent bombing nascent nuclear reactors there, and afterwards our reactors, here laden with tons of hot radioactive wastes, produced during four decades of dangerous operations. How do we communicate tomorrow, that corporations here, and our compliance with them are the real threats we face? Editors, writers, poets, singers, teachers, clergy … HELP! We need new alliances, new initiatives beyond old boundaries to make a difference.

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, Traprock Peace Center hosts Scott Ritter in Deerfield for a benefit dinner at 5:30, and Woolman Hill welcomes our discussion with Scott Ritter on “Target Iran” to follow at 7pm. The Woolman Hill Friends meeting house is wheelchair accessible. Nick Mottern of Consumers for Peace is coming. Nick advocates boycott of Exxon/Mobile for a start. Douglas Renick, new director for W. Mass AFSC is coming with friends. Please join us if you can!

For reservations, or to hear, or air the audio afterwards, see: www.traprockpeace.org

At this web site there is also a report on US war crimes in Iraq and avenues for redress. In Nazi Germany I hope each of us would have taken a courageous stand. It’s time for courage here, to prevent massive violence, that no charity cannot heal. Eisenhower warned us to reign in the military/industrial complex. Where are the brakes? Where are the reigns?

Scott Ritter, was in 1991 a US Marine advising General Norman Schwarzkopf on missile use in Gulf War I, then UN Weapons Inspector in Iraq for 7 years, and later an accurate critic of the lies told leading up to the current plunder in Iraq (leaving 650,000 excess Iraqi deaths and at least 3,050 US deaths in its wake). Ritter now turns his attention to Iran in his latest book, Target Iran, The Truth About the White House’s Plans for Regime Change.” Please bring your best wisdom and practical strategies to this challenge we face.

Today is a time to speak up and stand up. We can face wars for profit together, inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. “I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of nuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”

— Sunny Miller, Executive Director, Traprock Peace Center
can be reached for comment at 413-773-7427.

About Scott Ritter’s book,
Target Iran: The Truth about the White House Plans for Regime Change

In the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, Scott Ritter’s War on Iraq was embraced by the antiwar movement in America even though his claims that Iraq had been effectively disarmed were ignored by both the Bush administration and the mainstream media. In the wake of the debacle, Ritter has been vindicated. Now Ritter, a former United Nations weapons inspector, has set his sights on the White House’s hyping of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program. In Target Iran he once again sets the record straight.

This book offers Ritter’s “national intelligence assessment” of the Iranian imbroglio. He examines the Bush administration’s regime-change policy and the potential of Iran to threaten U.S. national security interests. The author also considers how the country is seen by other interested parties, including the United Kingdom (Tony Blair may once again be called upon by Bush to provide an international “cover” in any confrontation), Israel (the Israelis view Iran as their number one threat today), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (responsible for inspecting the alleged nuclear program).