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Ignoring Diplomacy, Bloody American Political Wankers Drool for War in Iran

Have your senators taken a position on war against Iran?

Iran cartoon
By Carlos Latuff

(PORTLAND, OR) - Iran, formerly Persia, has not attacked another country in hundreds of years. Iran's last President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, did not say he wanted to wipe Israel from the map. As our writer, Ken O'Keefe, said in a recent appearance on Ken O'Keefe's Middle East Show, the words of the former Iranian leader were misinterpreted by U.S. mainstream media, following the lead from Israel. As a result of that misinterpretation, Iran has been sanctioned, misrepresented, threatened and kept under a microscope. Iran, unlike the United States of America, is not a warring nation, although it has a substantial military. All of this is very interesting considering that Israel has literally wiped Palestine all but from the map, literally.
It is the old "Do as I say not as I do" program.

The problems began after WWII, when the British Anglo Iranian Oil Company, (Now BP) refused to pay Iran full price for oil supplies, or to allow Iranian officials to see certain records. The British and Americans were behind a 1953 coup d'état that ousted the Iranian President, all because he wanted to regain control of his country's economy by nationalizing oil. The Americans put the western friendly Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in power, where he tortured and exploited the Iranian people as a US puppet leader.

By 1979 the Iranian people had endured enough, and the Islamic Revolution was on. Iran captured a number of Americans and held them hostage. All Black and female Americans were allowed to leave, Iranian officials saying, "They had enough problems in the USA". After the Hostage Crisis, in retaliation toward Iran's decision toward self-governance, the U.S. Navy blasted an Iranian airliner full of adults and children out of the sky in a case of "mistaken identity." The U.S. also bankrolled its former ally, Saddam Hussein, to invade Iran, hence the bloody Iran-Iraq War, all an act of the United States.

But Iran's biggest problem is that it refuses to give a thumbs up to Israeli apartheid, and the constant Israeli theft of Palestinian land and homes. Iran, predominantly Muslim, has clearly established and enforced laws protecting its Jewish population. Israel on the other hand, maintains one set of laws for Jews, and one set for non-Jews. Israeli policy is neither wholesome, moral or even legal under international law.

Now imagine, knowing the real history of Iran and the United States, a long list of U.S. politicians voting for violence over diplomacy. Sorry, but that is one fucked up fact. I say we send them first, preferably strapped to the first bomb intended to be used against this historic country.

Have your senators taken a position on war against Iran?

Publicly Opposed to S.1881
and Not a Cosponsor

No Public Position but
Not a Cosponsor of S.1881

Paul, Flake only Repubs

Cosponsor of S.1881

War dems in boldface

Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

Thomas R. Carper (D-DE)
Richard J. Durbin (D-IL)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Tim Johnson (D-SD)
Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Angus S. King, Jr. (I-ME)
Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT)
Carl Levin (D-MI)
Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD)
Christopher Murphy (D-CT)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)

John D. Rockefeller, IV (D-WV)
Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
Mark Udall (D-CO)
Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Max Baucus (D-MT)
Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Al Franken (D-MN)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI)
Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Edward J. Markey (D-MA)
Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Rand Paul (R-KY)
Jack Reed (D-RI)
Harry Reid (D-NV)
Brian Schatz (D-HI)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Jon Tester (D-MT
Tom Udall (D-NM)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
John Barrasso (R-WY)
Mark Begich (D-AK)
Michael F. Bennet (D-CO)
Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)*
Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Cory Booker (D-NJ)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD)
Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA)
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Dan Coats (R-IN)
Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Susan M. Collins (R-ME)
Christopher Coons (D-DE)
Bob Corker (R-TN)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
Michael B. Enzi (R-WY)
Deb Fischer (R-NE)
Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Kay R. Hagan (D-NC)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Dean Heller (R-NV)
John Hoeven (R-ND)
James M. Inhofe (R-OK)
John Isakson (R-GA)
Mike Johanns (R-NE)
Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA)
Mike Lee (R-UT)
Joe Manchin, III (D-WV)
John McCain (R-AZ)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Mark L. Pryor (D-AR)
James Risch (R-ID)
Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)
Tim Scott (R-SC)
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)
John Thune (R-SD)
Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA)
David Vitter (R-LA)
Mark R. Warner (D-VA)
Roger F. Wicker (R-MS)

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support a vote on S.1881
at this time

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