By jill mclaughlin
By Jill McLaughlin, World Can't Wait Steering Committee Member
The Democrat-led Congress, voted in November 2006, was empowered by a majority of people who believed what they said about ending the war in Iraq, and the most heinous of the Bush Regime's policies. To the confusion and anger of many, these promises were cast aside over and over. This Democrat-led Congress is now poised to all but give Bush their blessing to attack Iran through HR 362, which would give Congressional approval to a blockade of Iran - an act of war.
While for many people the victory of 2006 held so much hope for change, in the minds of this Congress it was about nothing more than getting back the White House. And thus began the 2008 campaign. This campaign is like a virus spreading to the people with a presentation of symptoms that begins with the delusion that the Democratic nominee represents the opposite of Bush foreign policy, then slowly accepting what was once unacceptable, and finally and most fatal of all silence and complicity. We need only look at the local level to understand that this is indeed a killer campaign.
In May, the Human Relations Committee of the Chicago City Council passed a resolution that stated the City of Chicago opposes an attack on Iran, after having heard expert testimony from persons such as Scott Ritter, former chief U.S. weapons inspector. He spoke of the disastrous consequences of an attack on Iran. Ritter had this to say if the U.S. were to widen the war in Iraq to a war on Iran: "...To extend this human suffering and tragedy into Iran would be to create a level of suffering for which America can never, and should never, be forgiven."