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And then this happened…

OMJP saw the writing on the wall in 2005

In 2005, US newspapers were full of talk of the need to counter Iranian nuclear ambitions—with possible military action.  At a forum created by OMJP—the Olympia Movement for Justice & Peace, Alice Zillah concluded that the Bush administration wanted to extend US sanctions to all foreign companies doing business in Iran, or to achieve “regime change” there. She pointed out that John Bolton was one calling for a “robust” military attack on Iran if it didn’t stop its uranium enrichment. An outpouring of grassroots opposition followed—and the attack did not materialize. Mr. Bolton continues to pursue the goal of attacking Iran.

An article in the current Mother Jones details some efforts: during the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq In February 2003, Bolton told Israeli PM Arial Sharon that “it would be necessary” for the US to “deal with” threats from Iran, Syria, and North Korea after ousting Saddam Hussein. Bolton dismissed Obama’s efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran. “The inescapable conclusion is that Iran will not negotiate away its nuclear program. Nor will sanctions block its building a broad and deep weapons infrastructure,” Bolton wrote in the New York Times in March 2015. In 2017 he assured an audience of Iranian opposition that they would be celebrating the successful overthrow of the Iranian government before 2019.

Despite international consensus that the “nuclear deal” with Iran was working, Trump abandoned the deal after Bolton became his National Security Advisor. Now Mr. Bolton is drawing up war plans, claiming or creating threats against “American interests,” a strategy that worked in Iraq and elsewhere. The seductive melody of “regime change” seems to be the second verse of our national anthem.

Will we sing along—or drown out that melody?

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