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City panel opposes war with Iran

Aldermen on Evanston’s Human Services Committee voted 4-1 Monday without discussion to back a resolution urging that the United States not take military action against Iran.

The resolution was proposed by a coalition of local groups opposed to the war in Iraq.

Speakers from the groups argued that the Bush administration is now trying to drum up support for an attack on Iran in much the same way it created a rationale for invading Iraq five years ago.

Dickelle Fonda of 1220 Darrow Ave. from the North Shore Coalition for Peace and Justice said the resolution can’t stop an attack, but it makes visible opposition here to further military adventures abroad.

She said similar resolutions have been adopted in several communities including Berkeley and Oakland in California, Gary, Ind., andUrbana, Ill.

The Chicago City Council is scheduled to consider such a resolution next week.

Richard Tholin of 824 Ridge Terrace said the Iraq war is a major contributing factor in soaring prices for gasoline and other commodities.

He said that war spending approaching a trillion dollars has led to cuts in important domestic programs ranging from proving affordable housing and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure to providing medical care for wounded war veterans.

Alderman Edmund Moran, 6th Ward, cast the only vote against the resolution, which is expected to be on the agenda for the full City Council when it meets on Monday, May 12.

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