Coalition of 25 Organizations Lead Effort to Defeat Kyl-Lieberman War Amendment
Washington DC – A coalition of 25 organizations have been leading a charge to defeat the Lieberman-Kyl amendment. Several Senators believe that the amendment will bring the US one decisive step closer to war with Iran. The text of a letter circulated to all Senate offices yesterday is attached. Though the effort failed to defeat the amendment, it managed to ensure that the most dangerous aspects of the amendment – Section 3 and 4 – were eliminated.
September 25, 2007
We are writing to urge you to vote "No" on the Kyl-Lieberman Amendment No. 3017 to the Fiscal year 2008 Defense Authorization bill. The Kyl-Lieberman amendment is a provocative measure that will only undermine efforts to resolve tensions with Iran through diplomacy.
Provocative measures such as the Kyl-Lieberman amendment can lead to a tit-for-tat escalation resulting in military confrontation between the U.S. and Iran. There are no good military options for solving our disagreements with Iran. By further destabilizing the Middle East, a military confrontation with Iran would result in disastrous and unintended consequences damaging to the interests of U.S., Israel, and indeed the entire world. If we have learned nothing else from Iraq, it is that there are limitations to the use of military force.
We strongly caution against any legislation that increases the chances of military force being used against Iran. The current crises must be resolved through diplomacy, not military action. A military confrontation with Iran would have disastrous consequences for security throughout the region and put U.S. forces in Iraq in far greater danger.
We urge all Senators to vote "No" on the Kyl-Lieberman amendment No. 3017 to the Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Authorization bill.
Former Congressman Tom Andrews
Win Without War
Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy
Western States Legal Foundation
Physicians for Social Responsibility
NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Progressive Democrats of America
U.S. Labor Against the War
Adam G. Gerhardstein
Legislative Assistant for International Issues
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Morton H. Halperin
Open Society Policy Center
Americans for Democratic Action
Council for a Livable World
(Rev.) James Kofski, M.M.
Associate, Asia/Pacific and Middle East Issues
Maryknoll Global Concerns
3D Security Initiative
Rabbi Michael Lerner,
Editor, Tikkun Magazine
Chair, The Network of Spiritual Progressives
Mary Ellen McNish
American Friends Service Committee
CODEPINK:Women for Peace
Just Foreign Policy
National Iranian American Council
Public Policy Director
Women's Action for New Directions
United for Peace and Justice
Friends Committee on National Legislation
James E. Winkler, General Secretary
General Board of Church and Society
United Methodist Church