As tensions rise between the United States and Iran over the extrajudicial killing of Iran's top security and intelligence commander Qassim Suleimani, protesters from across the country to organize anti-war protests.
Spearheaded by groups like Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, an antiwar coalition, and Code Pink, a women-led antiwar organization, the protests are in response to Suleimani's death by drone strike and the Trump administration's ordering of thousands of troops to the Middle East. If you want to participate and lend your voice to the struggle, NoWarWithIran.org will direct you to the groups to the protest organization nearest you. You can also call your state Senator. To reach them, phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.
“Unless the people of the United States rise up and stop it, this war will engulf the whole region and could quickly turn into a global conflict of unpredictable scope and potentially the gravest consequences,” the coalition said in a statement. "The Pentagon high command is recklessly bragging about this illegal, targeted assassination in the most crude and false manner. “This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” stated the lying generals. They know that the objective of the strike is just the opposite. "They want a war with Iran – a country of more than 80 million people. Trump wants it too because he thinks it will guarantee his re-election in 2020."
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been going on for 18+ years, have cost 6,951 American military and 244,000 civilian lives, drained our treasury of nearly $2 trillion dollars (factoring in long term spending like veteran care, according to a 2018 study by Brown University’s Cost of War Project) which has helped skyrocket the deficit to an untold $984 billion dollars in 2019, all of which which could have helped rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, help defray the costs of education, and help resolve the health care crisis.
Targeted killing by drone strike has been a controversial practice that has become a heavier part of American policy since the Bush adminstration invaded Afghanistan following the attack on September 11th, 2001. There are questions of its legality as well as the fact that an average of 9 innocent civilians are killed by drone strike for every target successfully hit according to international legal organization Reprieve. They are framed as a self-defense tactic, and the killing of Suleimani was said to be in response to an as yet unnamed threat. Suleimani was the head of Quds Force, an Iranian intelligence service, and he had been censored by the United Nations for "providing equipment and support to help the Syrian government suppress protests in Syria." In 2007, the United States declared Suleimani as part of the "Designation of Iranian Entities and Individuals for Proliferation Activities and Support for Terrorism." Despite this censure, Suleimani remained popular in Iran. According to a poll conducted by the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, by October 2019 Soleimani was viewed favorably by 82% of Iranians with 59% of them very favorable toward him.
The airstrike followed attacks on the American embassy in Baghdad by supporters of an Iran-backed Iraqi Shia militia and the 2019 K-1 Air Base attack, though commentators have speculated that the prime motivation for the attack was to deflect attention from President Trump's impeachment.