Call Congress to tell them to give diplomacy a chance and that you do not want war with Iran.
Background: The talk of war with Iran has ratcheted up again, with some Israeli political leaders increasingly showing signs of preparing for war. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that the U.S. should draw a "red line" on Iran's nuclear activities which, if crossed, would trigger military action. So far Administration officials have resisted this call, but some Members of Congress appear willing to consider U.S. military involvement.
There are many concerns in the U.S.-Iranian relationship, but they must be resolved diplomatically. Military action and war would be incredibly costly and only make eventual resolution of concerns much more difficult. Members of Congress need to hear from their constituents that they do not want another war in the Middle East.
Faith reflection: Sunday, Sept. 23, was designated as Peace Sunday by Mennonite World Conference. Consider taking the opportunity to offer prayers in your congregation this Sunday for peace between nations.
Action: Please call your member of the House and two Senators today, to let them know that you do not want war with Iran and that they should give diplomacy a chance to work.
HOW TO CALL:
First, call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be transferred to your Member's office (click here if you are not sure who your Members of Congress are). Once you are connected to the congressional office, ask to speak with the staffer who works on foreign policy. If they do not answer the phone, you can leave a voice mail.
Hi, my name is [...] and I am calling from [hometown]. I am troubled by the media reports of a possible military attack on Iran, and want to let you know that I strongly oppose a military attack on Iran. There are many serious concerns between the U.S., Israel and Iran, but these must be resolved diplomatically. Military action would be counterproductive and devastating for all involved. I urge [the Senator/Representative] to support diplomatic negotiations and allow them time to work, rather than supporting the use of military force. Thank you for hearing my concerns.
Alert updated October 2, 2012 by Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, Director, MCC Washington Office, email@example.com.