The U.S. has created ongoing tensions with Iran by leaving the Iran Nuclear Deal, by imposing punishing economic sanctions, and by making questionable accusations against Iran. Veterans know firsthand how dangerous lies and exaggerations can lead the American public into war.
It is imperative that the U.S. immediately begins seeking diplomatic solutions to conflicts instead of creating pretexts for war. Veterans For Peace calls on the U.S. to:
Draw down all its military forces from the Persian Gulf
End its economic war against Iran, lifting sanctions immediately
Re-join the six-country Iran Nuclear Deal
End the 2001 Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) that administration after administration has used to fund military expeditions around the globe under the guise of fighting the Islamophobic “War on Terror”
We know firsthand the futility of war. And the lies. We believe the days of war and conquest must come to an end. We believe in the sovereignty of all nations and human rights for all people. The last thing we want to see is another war in the Middle East or anywhere, especially given that the U.S. is already engaged in failed warfare in multiple places around the globe.
As veterans who have been involved in too many illegal wars, we are convinced that a U.S. attack against Iran would be a violation of U.S. law and international law. We call on all who are in the U.S. military to consider your situation carefully and conscientiously. We will support GI’s who refuse to obey illegal orders or who protest against endless illegal U.S. wars.
Veterans for Peace is sick of the lies, the massacres of innocent people, the waste of our national resources, and the deaths and injuries to our own soldiers. We will organize maximum resistance to the continuing U.S. policy of military aggression. We want peace - not war - with the people of Iran.
Veterans Call on U.S. Troops to Resist Illegal Orders to Invade Venezuela in Response to Trump
Veterans For Peace (VFP) calls on all members of the U.S. military to refuse illegal orders to intervene in Venezuela. Furthermore, VFP urges all U.S. military leaders to inform the president that they will order their units to stand down from preparations to invade Venezuela.
President Donald Trump has called on Venezuelan soldiers to disobey orders and join coup perpetrators headed by U.S.-backed opposition leader, Juan Guaidó. If they do not do this, President Trump threatened: “You will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You will lose everything.”
Veterans For Peace President, Gerry Condon states, “While President Trump speaks of supporting democracy in Venezuela and Latin America, the real purpose of the U.S. assault on the Venezuelan government is to fully open the vast Venezuelan oil reserves to U.S. and other Western oil corporations as well as to destroy progressive governments in Latin America that put their own peoples’ needs above the profits of foreign corporations.”
Illegal, immoral and irresponsible U.S. actions, including "sanctions" (economic war) have already taken a great toll on the people Venezuela. Nonetheless, the vast majority of Venezuelan people and military are standing firm against foreign intervention.
There is a very real possibility that President Trump will order U.S. troops to intervene in Venezuela, whether through a direct invasion and occupation, or through support for irregular counter-revolutionary forces. This would likely lead to a widening war that could spread to other Latin American countries and the Caribbean, bringing increasing suffering to the peoples of Latin America and the U.S.
It is illegal under both U.S. and international law to launch a military attack against another nation unless it is clearly in self-defense, and is approved by the United Nations.
There are a number of options for GI’s who do not wish to follow illegal orders. Veterans For Peace wants service-members to be fully informed as they make profound choices with possibly serious consequences. We urge GI’s facing possible deployment to contact the National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force at (619) 463-2369 and/or email@example.com for referral to a civilian attorney to discuss your options.
Interviews available upon request.
Veterans For Peace was founded in 1985 and has approximately 3,000 members in 150 chapters located in every U.S. state and several countries. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization, is recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) by the United Nations, and is the only national veterans' organization calling for the abolishment of war.