The brazen assassination on Thursday of Moshen Fakhrizadeh, one of Iran’s leading nuclear scientists, has placed the entire Middle East on alert. The Iranians are blaming the murder on Israel. Open hostility between Israel and Iran would likely weaken the incoming Biden Administration’s capacity to make a deal with Iran about their nuclear program and help stabilize the region.
PDA condemns this act of terrorism. We call upon the incoming Biden Administration pursue an Iranian nuclear deal and a new round of diplomacy.
PDA is also working with our progressive allies to organize opposition to the hawkish Michele Flournoy, the leading candidate to be President-elect Biden’s Defense Secretary.
Most importantly, PDA recognizes this is a moment when we need a powerful Peace Movement. The Biden Administration may yet end being top-heavy with hawks and former defense industry personnel — in fact, sadly, this path seems likely. Thus, we need a mass movement, in coordination with progressive leadership in Congress, ready at a moment’s notice to speak out against any and all aggressive U.S. military action.