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Former U.N. Weapons Inspector Brings Iran War Warning to IL

January 23, 2008

Evanston, IL – Will the United States soon find itself in another overseas war? Former United Nations' weapons inspector Scott Ritter thinks so. His view is that the United States is on the road to war with Iran, unless Americans speak up and Congress takes action.

Ritter has been critical of the decisions leading up to the Iraq War, and he says recent government statements about Iran seem all too familiar, and eerily similar. He says the American people should voice their opinions, loudly and clearly, if they don't agree.

"The decisions are going to be so far removed from we the people that, simply put, we're going to wake up one morning to find bombs dropping on Iran. We'll be scratching our heads, saying, 'How did this come to pass?'"

Ritter says the decision to go to war with Iran likely wouldn't come from Congress; it would be an Executive Order from President Bush - unless Americans put on the pressure.

"Logically, the answer is to appeal to Congress to do its duty, to do its job in accordance with the Constitution."

Supporters of possible military action against Iran say it may be necessary to prevent nuclear weapons development. Ritter believes, while Iran's government is far from ideal, the country would be willing to negotiate in order to avoid war.

Ritter speaks tonight at 7:00 PM at the Unitarian Church in Evanston.

Deborah Smith/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - IL