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U.S. must avoid preemptive war

Can we really afford another war? Do we really want to send more of our men and women overseas to die in preemptive wars of aggression? Sen. Lindsey Graham seems to think so.

Graham will be pressuring the Senate next month to pledge U.S. troops and money to Israel should Prime Minister Netanyahu decide to wage a “preventive war” on Iran.

Graham fails to acknowledge a few key facts. Many credible sources, inside the military and within International Atomic Energy Agency reports, suggest that Iran isn’t building a nuclear weapon, contrary to what many political and media pundits have been reporting. Iran has not preemptively attacked any country in approximately 200 years.

In 1953, the U.S. helped the British overthrow Iran’s duly elected leader and installed a U.S.-friendly dictator. In 1961, the U.S. suggested putting nuclear weapons in Iran. It didn’t happen. In 1967, ironically, the U.S. was the first country to supply Iran with enriched uranium. In 1979, the Iranian revolution removed the dictator that the U.S. installed in 1953, ending their nuclear program.

In 1989, Russia and China signed a pact to help Iran develop nuclear energy and have been in cooperation with each other ever since. Both China and Russia have recently warned the U.S. to not attack Iran. The Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu himself stood on the floor of the U.S. Congress in 2011 and stated: “You don’t need to send American troops to Israel. We defend ourselves.”

Please contact your senators and representatives and urge them to remind Sen. Lindsey Graham that Israel can defend itself, and its own leader has confirmed this.

Anybody remember those WMD that were never found in Iraq? Approximately 80 percent of all casualties in Iraq since 2003 have been innocent civilians.

No more lies. Support the troops. Hate the wars.

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