Even if such strikes were a “limited” retaliatory response to the drone being downed, those initial strikes could easily spiral into a wider conflict.
Trump told journalists, "You’ll soon find out" if the U.S. is planning a strike on Iran in retaliation. He also stated that he suspects it may have been a mistake on Iran’s part, finding it hard to believe it was intentional.
Please take the following steps TODAY to stop a retaliatory strike on Iran:
1) Call the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-31212) Ask for your representative/senators, and when connected say:
2) My name is ___________ and I am a constituent living at (your address). I’m calling to urge [the Representative/Senator] to publicly oppose U.S. military attacks on Iran. I urge [the Representative/Senator] to tell the President that he does not have constitutional authority for any attacks. [My representative] should point out any retaliatory strike on Iran for what happened to the U.S. drone could spiral out of control. Instead, [my representative] should call for the U.S. to return to diplomacy, including supporting a convening of the UN Security Council to work to defuse tensions in this global crisis.
A potential U.S. retaliatory strike is likely being discussed in the White House as I write this. [Thursday, June 20th]. The White House has said they will be briefing Congressional leaders later today and that is often a sign that an attack is imminent. Meanwhile, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called a caucus meeting of Democrats for later today.
Members of Congress will be the key here and active peace-loving people need to push them to stand in Trump’s way. The only way to pull us out of this spiral toward war is if supporters of peace get active and push Congress to stand up to the President and tell him clearly that he has no authority to go to war.
Thank you for all you do for peace.
Emily Rubino, Peace Action New York State