As one who is most consistently opposed to war
and violence, I join my colleagues in condemning the brutal and unjustified
attack on a Jewish community center in Argentina 14 years ago. I do not support
however, as it misuses a tragedy 14 years ago in a foreign country to push
for U.S. war against Iran today.
Although this resolution clearly blames Iran and Hezbollah for the bombing,
in fact the investigation is ongoing and far from conclusive. In an article
Uses Probe to Pressure Iran," the Wall Street Journal earlier
this year suggested that renewed U.S. interest in this 14-year-old case is
more related to politics than a genuine desire for justice. Reported the Journal,
"As tensions between the U.S. and Iran persist, Washington and its
allies are using an investigation into a 1994 terrorist attack in Argentina
to maintain pressure on the Iranian regime.
"Behind the scenes, Bush administration officials are encouraging
the probe, which centers on the bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos
Aires. One U.S. goal is to cause legal problems for some of Iran 's political
leaders. Administration officials also hope to use the matter to highlight
Iran's alleged role in financing and supporting terrorism around the world."
Those pushing for a U.S. attack on Iran are using this tragic event to foment
fear in the United States that Iran and Hezbollah are perpetrating terrorist
acts in the Western Hemisphere. This is another in an ongoing series of resolutions
we see on the House floor pushing us toward war against Iran. I have no doubt
that we will see another similar resolution on the floor next week, and the
week after, and so on until we find ourselves making another tragic mistake
as we did in 2002 with H.J. Resolution 114 giving the president the authority
to attack Iraq.
I urge my colleagues to resist this push to war with Iran before it is too