Motion To Rule Out Invading Iran Defeated By UK Lawmakers

Failing to learn lessons from the Iraq war, British lawmakers overwhelmingly defeat a motion that would rule out invading Iran by a vote of 285 to 6.

Earlier today CASMII (Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran) reported a major crack in the western alliance against Iran could be developing.

Specifically, the British House of Commons proposed a motion to rule the invading Iran, citing a report saying the UK economy would be devastated by the cost of entering an addition war against Syria or Iran .

Conservative lawmakers who introduced the bill also warned of Europe being duped into another war based on fabricated intelligence reports like they had been with the Iraq war.

The motion also received support from lawmakers in Germany.

The news of the motion raised a sense of hope that world could be averting a crisis which is shaping up to turn into an all out war with Syria, Iran, Russia, India and China.

The sense of hope was crushed as the British House of Commons voted by an overwhelming majority of 285 no votes and 6 yes votes not pass the motion.

CASMII reports:

House of Commons’ motion to rule out use of force: First crack in western hawkish alliance against Iran

The first major crack in the western alliance against Iran has now surfaced in the UK’s House of Commons by a rebellious Conservative back bencher who has for the first time in a western country proposed a motion against the hawkish western Iran policy. The anti-war groups activists and peace activists all around the world will see this as a promising sign to build a strong lobbying and media campaign to successfully oppose the war drive on Iran.

For the first time in many years, the UK Parliament has held a debate specifically on Iran. The Motion tabled by the Conservative MP, John Baron (Basildon and Billericay), secured a debate on 20/02/2012 on a Motion calling on the government to rule out the use of force against Iran, arguing for calm and vigorous diplomacy as the only sensible option.

John Baron intends “to divide the house to test the view and will of Parliament”. He states that “The catalyst for the latest round of condemnation against Iran has been the IAEA’s November report. But close reading reveals no ‘smoking gun’. There is no evidence of attempts to produce nuclear weapons, or of a decision to do so. Much is made of Western intelligence reports – but Iraq should have told us to be careful on this front.”

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This development clearly reveals the gigantic hoax in the Western allegations of Iranian nuclear threat that the US and UK, while constantly prodded by Israel, have used in recent years to once again deceive the world nearly ten years after their fabricated and false dossiers paved the way for the criminal and Illegal invasion of Iraq.

In fact, many British and Western parliamentarians who voted for war on Iraq, claimed afterwards that they had been ‘misled’. The motion by John Baron reflects this sentiment and highlights the disarray in the British and western political establishment.

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Systematic and orchestrated lobbying of parliamentarians is therefore crucial to avert the gathering tide of sanctions, covert war and military attack on Iran. Parliamentarians and key decision makers must be publicly questioned by groups of activists and individuals in their constituencies and held accountable for their positions and their evidence on which they might support sanctions, interference or military strike on Iran.

The lobbying work should be backed up by a systematic campaign to challenge the western biased media which played a decisive role in manipulating public opinion and paving the path to the invasion of Iraq. Well-informed and sustained media work such as writing letters to editors and journalists to challenge lies and distortions, writing articles, and giving media interviews are crucial in mobilising public opinion against sanctions and war and towards negotiations without pre-conditions. CASMII’s Key Reasons Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran, provides a regularly updated record of the issues of US-Iran stand-off.

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Local and national antiwar organisations are vital for building a strong lobbying and media campaign against the war drive on Iran. On 4th February 2012, Anti-war activists in many cities in the US demonstrated against sanctions, military attack, covert operations and domestic interference in Iran. CASMII for many years has been consistently campaigning against domestic interference and any type of sanctions as destructive to Iranian society and a prelude to war. The crushing sanctions on the Iranian economy and the massive military build-up in the Persian Gulf have prompted the main anti-war organisations in the UK and the US to now rally around the slogans of No Sanctions, No interference, No assassinations alongside the slogan of No War on Iran.

CASMII calls upon all concerned Iranian and non-Iranians to urgently join and build national campaigns in the UK (Stop the War Coalition), the US and other Western countries to mobilise public opinion against the sanctions and war drive on Iran by building a strong lobbying and media campaign. A peaceful resolution to the stand-off between the West and Iran would benefit all geopolitical parties involved and would avoid a doomsday scenario in which there will be no winners.

Please contact CASMII for more information and if you wish to get involved.

Press TV reports:

UK MPs endorse warmongering policies

British lawmakers have overwhelmingly rejected a motion at the House of Commons to rule out an invasion of Iran in line with their government’s warmongering policies.

The back-bench motion was initiated by Conservative MP John Baron and urged the British government to rule out the use of force against Iran.

In line with their government’s warmongering approach, members of parliament (MPs) voted down the motion with 285 ‘no’ votes, 6 ‘yeses’ and two abstentions.

[…]Meanwhile, Stop the War convener Lindsey German lashed out at lawmakers and pledged an intensive campaign by activists to convince MPs to end their “shocking” refusal to learn from the slaughter they helped to unleash in Iraq and Afghanistan nearly 10 years ago.

German’s approach was endorsed by Newport Labour MP Paul Flynn, who said that he would continue to oppose a war against Iran “at every opportunity.”

“It would not be the first time in history that the minority had been proved right”, he said, adding that the Commons debate had been an opportunity to “look into the abyss of the unimaginable hell of a war with Iran.”

Source: Press TV

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