Public Meeting Thursday 28 June 6.30pm
Syria and Iran - No Western Intervention
Room G3 SOAS
Thornhaugh Street Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Jeremy Corbyn MP • Sami Ramadani
Iraq Democrats Against Occupation
Lindsey German Stop the War Coalition
On June 28 US oil sanctions on Iran are set to take effect, followed by EU sanctions on July 1. Iran has threatened to close the straits of Hormuz in response. Even in the absence of an immediate conflagration, oil sanctions are an attempt to weaken Iran and therefore a prelude to war, not an alternative to it. After recent inconclusive negotiations in Baghdad, the UK national security council warned of a "25-50%" chance of war, most likely following an Israeli strike. Meanwhile increased intervention in Syria is becoming a real possibility. Following the massacre of civilians in Houla, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, declared that the US might take the "military option" if it was "asked to do so". Even the new French president François Hollande has said military intervention in his country's former colonial territory was "not to be ruled out".