2008/08/25: Grassroots opposition stops "blockade Iran" bill

A few months ago, H.R. 362, a bill sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee calling for a naval blockade of Iran seemed headed for a quick approval. More than two hundred members of the House had signed on as co-sponsors, and the bill had been placed on a "fast track" to a vote. But, as news of the bill started to reach the public, grassroots opposition started to build.

National peace organizations like United for Peace and Justice took up the cause of defeating H.R. 362, co-sponsors of the bill found their offices jammed with protesters, and some Representatives reversed their decision to co-sponsor. Facing increased opposition, the bill was taken off the fast track and sent to committee, and now seems to have little chance of passage in this Congress.

Of course, this doesn't mean that the threat of a U.S. attack on Iran is gone, but if the Bush administration wants to launch such an attack, it won't be able to point to a reckless Congressional resolution as a sign of support. The next time someone tells you protest doesn't work, tell them what happened to H.R. 362.