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Rep. Waters’ Message of Support for #NoWarWithIran Peace Advocates in Los Angeles & Across the Country

January 9, 2020
Press Release

Rep. Waters’ Message of Support for #NoWarWithIran Peace Advocates in Los Angeles & Across the Country

WASHINGTON -- Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), a founding member of the Congressional No War With Iran Caucus, issued a strong message of support for concerned Americans and peace advocates who led demonstrations in Los Angeles and cities across the country in order to express their opposition to further military escalation by Donald Trump that could lead to a senseless war with Iran. Her remarks as prepared for delivery are below.

Greetings, Peacemakers! I’m so sorry I can’t join you in person today, but I want to thank you so much for coming together to send a strong message to Washington, DC, that there should be no war with Iran!

Recent events with the killing of Iranian General Soleimani and Iran’s retaliatory strike against U.S. forces in Iraq has brought our country to the brink of war.  The tragic news that the Ukrainian plane crash that killed 176 people in Iran may have been shot down by the Iranian military illustrates the real life-and-death consequences of a rush to war.

The escalating tensions between the United States and Iran are endangering the entire Middle East. The United States must not make the same mistakes we made with the ill-fated war in Iraq.

Donald Trump recklessly withdrew the United States from the Iran Nuclear Deal, formally knowns as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was painstakingly negotiated by a coalition of six countries – the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China – with Iran.  The JCPOA was negotiated in order to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons in the hope that this would help lead the way to peace in the Middle East. To the shock and dismay of our allies, Trump walked away from the JCPOA and undermined the work that had been done over two years to reach an agreement that was in the best interests of peace and security in the region and the world.

Now, the tensions have been exacerbated by sanctions and threats of more sanctions against Iran, and harsh threatening words coming from both sides.  The situation has not ended, and we don’t know where it will end.  But we cannot allow it to end with tremendous loss of lives in yet another endless war in the Middle East. 

I co-chaired the Out of Iraq Caucus in Congress and fought with many of you to push back against the Bush administration’s disastrous war in Iraq.  I am now a founding member of the No War with Iran Caucus, and I will continue my work with my colleagues, all of you, and all American activists dedicated to ending war and advocating for peace.

Let’s not stop. Let’s march. Let’s advocate. Let’s pray. But in the final analysis, let’s fight for life and the living, not death and destruction.

I will see you at the next march.

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