Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 10 /Trend/
The international "Stop the War" Coalition, which includes activists Tony Benn, Jeremy Corbyn, Lindsey German, Kate Hudson, Jemima Khan, Len McCluskey, Mohammed Sawalha, voices their concerns about the possible attack on Iran and accuses the West's attitude to Iran's nuclear program of hypocrisy.
"We are extremely concerned at reports that plans are being drawn up for an attack on Iran," the activists wrote in their official letter of appeal. "The case being made for war on Iran is based on a series of speculations about 'undisclosed nuclear-related activities' reminiscent of the disproven 'intelligence' about weapons of mass destruction used to justify the disastrous attack on Iraq."
Last week, some Israeli media published reports saying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned that a military strike on Iran was an option.
According to the Haaretz daily, Netanyahu is now lobbying Cabinet members for an attack.
Shortly after the statements, on Nov. 2, the Associated Press reported that Israel successfully test-fired a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and striking Iran.
The letter further says the West's attitude to Iran's nuclear weapons is hypocritical and contradictory.
"The US and its allies remain silent about Israel's covert nuclear arsenal, the only one in the Middle East, while they are tightening the campaign of sanctions against Iran without real evidence," the letter stressed.
Such an attitude, combined with threats of military action, can only serve to isolate and antagonise Iran, the document read.
Furthermore, any attack on Iran would risk a wave of destruction across the region, the letter says.
"Plans for an attack, along with sanctions against Iran, should be scrapped immediately. The British government must pledge to have no involvement in any military action against Iran," the letter underscored.
The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has denied the charges, saying its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity and producing isotopes to treat medical patients.
The United Nations has imposed four rounds of Security Council sanctions over Tehran's refusal to halt uranium enrichment, a technology that can be used to produce nuclear fuel or materials for an atomic bomb.
Edited by T.Konyayeva.