E-News: Don't Iraq Iran
FCNL has lobbied vigorously over the past few months to persuade Congress to avoid war with Iran. We believe that diplomacy is the solution, not war.
Ten years ago, we were told that war with Iraq was imperative to protect the United States from weapons of mass destruction. Our country supported devastating sanctions against Iraq before we invaded that country, leading to a war that cost billions of dollars, the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and 4,000 US soldiers.
The pretext for war with Iran is again “weapons of mass destruction;” nonetheless, U.S. and Israeli intelligence officials agree that Iran is not building a nuclear weapon, and the former Chief of Internal Security for Israel warns: “Attacking Iran will encourage them to develop a bomb.”
Choosing to go to war racks up human and financial costs in the trillions and requires decades to repair physical, psychological and political damage. Join FCNL in telling our Congress and president that “war is not the answer.”
- You can sustain FCNL with your monthly donation. The work to prevent a new war of choice is ongoing, and your support of FCNL can be too. Your gift of $10, $20, or more a month helps keep this work going. Find out how you can become an FCNL sustainer.
- Meet our new program assistants who began working at FCNL this week.
- Ask the presidential candidates to take action on the climate emergency. Get more information and sign the petition.
- The false choice between Pentagon spending and jobs. Pentagon contractors are using the fear of layoffs to try and force Congress’ hand to avert planned cuts to Pentagon spending, but program assistant Christine Letts says that this is a false choice.
- “Go ahead and try it! Look for opportunities, and when doors open take advantage of it.” – FCNL supporter and Kalamazoo Friends Meeting member Raelyn Joyce, on trying lobbying for the first time. Get more lobbying tips.
FCNL’s new program assistants joined us from Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Maryland. Look out for their introductions in the coming weeks.
Back row, from left: Damian Morden-Snipper, Devon Grayson-Wallace. Christine Letts. Front row: Rachel Kent, Hannah Solomon-Strauss, Annie Boggess, Adam Cohen