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No War with Iran Resolution

CITY OF SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
RESOLUTION No.

A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE CITY COUNCIL OF SANTA FE TO PETITION THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO SAY NO TO WAR WITH IRAN, NO TO ANY PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE ON IRAN AND NO TO WEAPONS FURNISHED AND PAID FOR BY THE UNITED STATES USED IN AN ATTACK ON IRAN.

WHEREAS, the citizens of Santa Fe and their local elected officials have the constitutional right to petition the federal government on matters of grave concern to our community; and
 
WHEREAS, Santa Fe is the City of Holy Faith, whose residents hold high the sanctity of human life; and
 
WHEREAS, war is not a humane nor effective means of resolving international conflicts; it dehumanizes all people; it causes destruction and waste on an unprecedented scale; it creates ecological devastation that takes decades if not centuries to correct; and
 
WHEREAS, the citizens of Santa Fe fear that the United States is coming ever closer to starting or being drawn into a war with Iran; and
 
WHEREAS, the purported justification for attacking Iran is their possible future development of a nuclear weapon; and
 
WHEREAS, US intelligence officials and International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors have recently declared there is no evidence that Iran has made the decision to build a nuclear weapon; and that even if it does it is perhaps years away from being able to do so, and that every nation has the sovereign right to develop its own peaceful nuclear energy program; and
 
WHEREAS, Iran has repeatedly stated that it is open to negotiations; and open to diplomatic opportunities; and
 
WHEREAS, the people and country of Iran have at no time posed any threat to the United States (in fact Iran is surrounded by more than 40 US bases); and
 
WHEREAS, Iran has called for a Middle East free of nuclear weapons and has signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty, and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has declared the possession or use of nuclear weapons by any country to be a moral abomination; and
 
WHEREAS, General Martin Dempsey (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), has acknowledged that Iran is a ‘rational player’ and should be treated as such, and many high ranking State Department and high ranking Pentagon officials took out an ad in the Washington Post  (6 March 2012) declaring Iran not to a nuclear threat; and
 
WHEREAS, the present circumstances are alarmingly similar to the false claims of threats of WMDs and nuclear threats that were put forth to induce the public to support the US attack on Iraq; and
 
WHEREAS, an attack on Iran threatens to bring the US into another disastrous war in the Middle East just as we extricate US troops from the deadly and costly Iraq and Afghanistan wars; and
 
WHEREAS, an attack on Iran is likely to kill thousands of innocent Iranian civilians with the threat of radioactive fallout and hundreds of thousands near the point of attack, and is likely to lead to retaliation endangering thousands more around the world; and
 
WHEREAS, the US will be held responsible for any attack on Iran, including a pre-emptive attack by Israel because it will use US weapons and delivery systems to carry US made bombs, and because the US has defended all Israeli military actions; and
 
WHEREAS, top US military officials have told Congress that an Israeli attack is ‘premature’ and would be imprudent and destabilizing and not achieve Israeli objectives; and
 
WHEREAS, Israel refuses to acknowledge or allow its own nuclear arsenal, estimated to be many times more than is necessary to destroy Iran, be inspected or disassembled and which possession is in violation of the Nuclear Non-proliferation treaty (that Iran has signed); and 
 
WHEREAS, The President of the United States takes an oath to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed,’ and that includes the UN Charter ratified as a treaty, which allows states to use military force only in response to “an armed attack;” and
 
WHEREAS, international law and the UN Charter make “waging aggressive war” the most heinous of all war crimes and defines aggressive war as any war except where the “necessity of self-defense” is “instant” and “overwhelming;”
 
WHEREAS, the surest road to peace and non-proliferation is to negotiate with all parties in good faith and without military or diplomatic threat and to encourage those currently with nuclear weapons (in the Middle East only Israel) to abandon their arsenals; and
 
WHEREAS, we need our tax dollars at home to rebuild our communities, our schools, our healthcare system, our infrastructure, and not to engage in another unnecessary, deadly, and costly war; and
 
WHEREAS, this resolution is supported by the following Santa Fe organizations:  Another Jewish Voice Santa Fe, Veterans for Peace, Occupy Santa Fe etc., etc., etc. (we are in the process of gathering other supporters.)
 
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF SANTA FE, that the governing body, on behalf of the citizens of Santa Fe, petition the President and the Congress of the United States to say NO to war with Iran, and that it use diplomacy and not threats in negotiations with Iran.  Further, that the US inform Israel that it will NOT allow US supplied planes, weaponry, intelligence or technology to be used in a pre-emptive attack on Iran, and that the US will suspend military aid to Israel if such happens.
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be forwarded immediately to the President of the United States and to all members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation.
 
Passed Approved, and Adopted this 28th Day of March 2012

 _____________________________       David Coss, Mayor

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