Forum to discuss Iran’s election and U.S. strategy
Published Jul 29, 2009 2:58 PM
They stood together to make their announcements like a traditional soft-cop,
hard-cop duo. U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates warned the Iranian
government that if they didn’t abandon their nuclear plans, the U.S.
would withdraw its offer for talks. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said
Israel was against any negotiations with Iran and would not take a bombing
strike against Iran off the table.
Their news conference on July 27 in occupied Jerusalem was a reminder that the
debate in the U.S. anti-war movement over how to relate to the Iran issue is
far from academic. Whatever the political orientation of those inside Iran
protesting against the current government, the imperialists’ orientation
is clear: to weaken and, if possible, bring down the current Iranian
government, with the goal of eliminating Iranian sovereignty in the long
With the intention of countering this goal, the Stop War on Iran coalition, in
alliance with the International Action Center and other anti-war organizations
that work to bring understanding about developments in Iran to the U.S. public,
has organized a forum for Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. at the Solidarity Center in New
York. That’s at 55 West 17th St. in Manhattan.
Participants in Saturday’s forum will include Ardeshir Ommani, co-founder
of the American-Iranian Friendship Committee; Sara Flounders, co-director of
the International Action Center; John Catalinotto, International Action Center;
Phil Wilayto, Campaign Against Sanctions & Military Intervention in Iran;
Manijeh Saba, an Iranian human rights and women’s rights activist; and
Dustin Langley, a Navy veteran and organizer with the Stop War on Iran
campaign. Catalinotto is also a managing editor of Workers World newspaper.
The idea for the forum grew out of a debate at an anti-war conference in
Pittsburgh in early July. Some of the participants at the conference argued for
supporting coordinated actions July 25 that publicly supported the Iranian
opposition to the election victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Iran’s
Those organizing the SWOI forum, on the other hand, argued that to participate
in those actions would give aid and comfort to the imperialist designs to
reverse Iran’s 1979 revolution and turn that country of 73 million people
back into a client state, as it was under the shah.
For the sake of clarity in the movement, the forum’s organizers said they
intend to hold an in-depth discussion to take up U.S. plans for the Middle East
region, imperialism’s strategy toward the Iranian revolution, the role of
the corporate media in misleading both the general public and the progressive
movement, and the internal political and class struggle in Iran.
For more information see stopwaroniran.com, call 212-633-6646, or look at
workers.org for recent WW coverage of Iran.
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