We are writing because of the new and immediate danger of a U.S. attack on Iran, either directly by the Pentagon or through Israel. In the next few weeks and months, we need your help to organize and mobilize a grassroots movement in opposition to another illegal U.S. war predicated on lies about “weapons of mass destruction.” The real threat of such an attack was made clear last week, when Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, addressing a convention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington DC, said that Iran's nuclear program must be stopped by "all possible means." Democrats and Republicans seemed united as they lined up to express unequivocal support for this position, presenting Iran’s totally legal development of nuclear energy as a dire threat to "world peace."

This well-coordinated threat escalated after Olmert returned to Israel from his U.S. meetings. Within hours of his return, Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz called war against Iran "unavoidable." Prime Minister Olmert then fanned the flames, echoing President Bush in saying, “All options, including the military option, must remain on the table." Bush's swing through European capitals took the same message of threats against Iran.

Meanwhile, the May 28 Asia Times On-Line reported that the Bush administration plans to launch an air strike against Iran within the next two months. According to the article, two key U.S. senators briefed on the attack, Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California and Senator Richard Lugar, Republican of Indiana, plan to go public with their opposition to the move. But their projected New York Times op-ed piece has yet to appear.

Even former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer warned in the Israeli daily Haaretz of June 1 that Bush and Olmert seem to be planning to end Iran's nuclear program "by military, rather than by diplomatic means."

The only real opposition to the growing danger of a new war will come from the grassroots, not from the politicians. It is imperative that we take this threat seriously and begin to mobilize now.

Stop War on Iran was the first international grassroots campaign launched to oppose the Bush Administration’s drive to war. Since our launch in 2005, we have generated more than half a million petitions sent to elected officials and the media. We have held meetings across the U.S. and have taken Stop War on Iran placards, literature and buttons to dozens of local and national antiwar rallies.

But it is clear that we must do more. This is a time when the grassroots movement cannot be silent. Over the next few weeks and months, we must do everything we can to mobilize to stop another criminal war for oil. We need your help - please sign the attached petition; help circulate it to friends, co-workers, and classmates; print it out and take it to your school, community center, union hall, or place of worship; and please consider making an emergency donation to help with the enormous expenses of printing literature and petitions, producing placards, and organizing meetings.

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