An Australian veteran has called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison and opposition leader Anthony Albanese to say no to any planned war between the United States and Iran.
The petition on change.org has already attracted more than 20,000 signatures and started trending on Twitter on Friday afternoon.
Brett Hopkinson, who described himself as a former Australian veteran, said while it was important to support Australia’s strongest ally, sometimes “to be a great ally is to point out when a friend has gone in the wrong direction.”
“Let us at least TRY to avert the deaths and injury of millions of civilians who never asked or want war.
“Also to protect our heroic defence force from their pointless deaths and utilise them for DEFENCE not illegal and immoral aggression,” he wrote.
Tensions between Iran and the United States increased over the past week after US president Donald Trump ordered the killing of Iran’s top military commander Qasem Soleimani with a drone strike on a Baghdad airport.
Iran, in a letter to the United Nations, called the attack state terrorism and an unlawful criminal act and responded with revenge missile attacks on US troops in Iraq.
Intelligence officials said Iranian rockets were also responsible for downing a Ukrainian jetliner that killed 176 people.