Iranian Communists rally progressive forces to prevent war
In this Sunday, May 12, photo released by the U.S. Air Force, a B-52H Stratofortress aircraft assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. | Keifer Bowes / U.S. Air Force

Iranian Communists have called for unity among the country’s progressives striving for peace in response to U.S. saber-rattling intent on provoking war with Tehran.

The Tudeh Party noted “a very worrying rise of tensions between the racist, pseudo-fascist, and reactionary Trump administration and the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran” in recent days.

It warned that imperialist intervention would lead to bloodshed and must be “resisted and confronted with full power.”

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton recently mobilized the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier to the Arabian Sea under the control of CentCom (U.S. Central Command in the Middle East).

On Tuesday, B-52 strategic bombers arrived at the U.S. air base al-Udeid, southwest of Doha, Qatar.

He claimed the move was in response to “Iran’s worrying behaviors,” with the aim of sending “a clear message to the Iranian regime that any attack on the interests of the United States or its allies will be met with unrelenting power.”

The U.S. has dispatched the biggest military mobilization to the Persian Gulf in the past 30 years.

This includes the USS Arlington, an amphibious transport dock ship designed to land troops and vehicles onto a beachhead, and Patriot anti-missile systems, as the threat of war looms.

Bolton has already drawn up plans to deploy a force of 120,000 troops “should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons.”

Washington has ratcheted-up tensions with Iran since it pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal last year, despite Tehran abiding by its side of the agreement.

Iran has announced that it will stop honoring some parts of the deal as hostilities escalate.

The punitive sanctions regime is causing hardship for Iranians as the economy continues to plummet due to falling oil sales, with millions living below the poverty line.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that its impact could be more severe than the eight-year Iran-Iraq war.

An anonymous official admitted to the Times newspaper that the “ultimate goal of the year-long economic sanctions campaign…was to draw Iran into an armed conflict with the U.S.”

The refusal to extend the exemption from sanctions related to oil sales to several countries was met with an angry response from Tehran.

Iran warned that if it is blocked from using the Strait of Hormuz, it “will not hesitate even a moment to protect and defend the Iranian waterway.”

The Tudeh Party called for all progressive forces in the region to unite “to prevent a dangerous and catastrophic military conflict” that would have terrible consequences.

Morning Star


Steve Sweeney
Steve Sweeney

Steve Sweeney writes for the Morning Star, the socialist daily newspaper published in Great Britain. He is also a People's Assembly National Committee member, patron of the Peace in Kurdistan campaign, and a proud trade unionist.