Take the Debate to Congress: No War with Iran
October 23, 2012
Will you write a letter to the editor today calling for diplomacy with Iran that prevents war? In last night’s debate, both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney said that they support diplomatic negotiations with Iran and want to avoid a war if possible. Unfortunately, too many member of Congress haven’t gotten that message. This past weekend, Senator Lindsay Graham (SC) even declared “the time for talking is over.”
Sustained and public calls for full diplomatic tools to prevent military conflict are essential. Please write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper reinforcing the importance of diplomacy with Iran and expressing concern about the possibility of war. In your letter, please name your senators and ask them to speak out in favor of sustained diplomacy with Iran.
Your letter will make it clear to your member of Congress that voters do not support legislation that puts roadblocks in the way of diplomacy. We were encouraged that both candidates spoke of diplomacy. Now we need to make the case for restarting serious negotiations -- and hold our elected officials accountable for preventing war.
As former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Pickering recently wrote:
"It is a grave and uncertain time. Patient, committed diplomacy is the only way to realize the long term and durable objectives of an Iran without nuclear weapons and a region without war…This opportunity should not be squandered."
You can see more quotes from U.S. opinion leaders who are calling for diplomacy, not war, with Iran – and please write a letter to the editor today in support of this strategy to end the U.S. conflict with Iran peacefully.
See a map of letters to the editor on preventing war with Iran that dozens of people around the country have already had published this year. If your letter is published, send us a copy and we’ll add you to the map!
Find out more about how you can work to prevent war with Iran and encourage diplomacy.