Saturday, January 18, 2014

Can We Stop A War With Iran? Keeping An Eye On #S1881 & @SenatorCollins

AIPAC is at it again, swarming Capitol Hill to pressure Congress into ramping up sanctions against Iran.

AIPAC is the visible hand of Israel -- which actually does have an unacknowledged and unaccountable nuclear weapons program -- and gives lots and lots of money to your elected officials.

One of them is my own Senator Susan Collins (R-ME). Codepinker Ridgely Fuller called her out this week in a post to the blog PinkTANK noting that Collins can be counted on to vote for military spending at every turn and takes massive amounts of campaign "donations" from the biggest weapons manufacturers on the planet: 
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is cosponsoring legislation (S 1881) that effectively scuttles the November 2013  international agreement among the US, Britain, Russia, France, China, Germany and Iran concerning Iran’s nuclear policy. 
Currently, the only nation opposing the international agreement is Israel. 
In response to S 1881, a White House spokesperson states “Members of Congress pressing for this bill are effectively choosing to close the door on diplomacy, making it far more likely that we’ll be left only with a military option.”
Wait, wasn't the U.S. just in the process of a military "pivot to the Pacific?"

And a big push into countries all over the African continent, with plenty of new bases and boots on the ground?

Hubris goeth before a fall. Let's hope the U.S./NATO military machine falls before the corporations they defend have collapsed the life support systems we all depend on.

Maine State House - messaging by Artists' Rapid Response Team (ARRT!)

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