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A "Bomb Iran" billboard is on display on the east side of I-215 for southbound travelers in West Valley City on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.

A "Bomb Iran" billboard is on display on the east side of I-215 for southbound travelers in West Valley City on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.

By Steve Fidel, Deseret News

WEST VALLEY CITY — A billboard along I-215 that says “Bomb Iran!” is meant to suggest just the opposite at a time when tensions between Iran and the West continue to escalate.

Iran halted oil exports to Britian and France on Feb. 19 in the latest move that follows economic sanctions against Iran over the nature of Iran’s nuclear capabilities and support of Islamic extremist groups.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report Friday that Iran has ramped up production of higher-grade enriched uranium in recent months.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement Saturday that the report “constitutes additional proof that Israel’s assessments are correct” and that Tehran’s nuclear program is moving ahead unhindered.

“The war drums are beating very loudly,” said bombiran.org organizer Connor Boyack, a 30-year-old Web designer in Lehi, who hopes the somewhat-confusing design of his billboard prompts people who see it to “pause, think about it, ponder it and go read about it.”

Boyack is not suggesting a single, grand conspiracy is pushing the United States toward a war in Iran but believes the combined effects of propagandists and a diverse military-industrial complex could be. He said his objective is to push back.

“It’s hard to see the unintended consequences,” he said, pointing to the speed at which reports about Iraq’s nuclear capabilities led to war before those threats were fully vetted, and later found to be without merit.

“Let’s look at the past and apply those lessons to the future. Let’s slow down and look at this a little,” Boyack said.

He also hopes to unhitch the connection between “supporting the troops” and engaging in war. “We want to support the troops by keeping them home with their families,” he said.

The billboard went up Thursday, and Boyack said traffic to the accompanying bombiran.org webiste has been brisk since then. He said the initiative’s Utah roots have the financial support of about 50 financial contributors so far, many of whom are outside the state.

If financial support continues, Boyack said he and other supporters hope to put up similar billboards elsewhere, targeting primary-election states.

Contributing: The Associated Press

E-mail: sfidel@desnews.com

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  1. …and that’s why gas prices are so high.

  2. Yes, because bombing another country is such a good idea… /sarcasm

  3. Trolololol. This is definitely an anti-war billboard, since they’ve mentioned the “military-industrial” complex (a pro-war ad would never confess the existence of the military-industrial complex in the first place). The website “BombIran.org” actually goes against potential wars against Iran.

  4. And bombing Iran gets us where?

  5. I would like to know the reason why they put the billboard up before jumping to conclusions. Did they put the billboard up because they wanted to kill muslims or did they put it up because they just support a war against Iran?

  6. Let’s start a petition to get this billboard taken down. I object on so many levels. I’m against war. I’m against violence. And weapons of all kinds. Also, I’m a member of Americans Against Islamophobia. Innocent children are not exempt from being bombed. It takes precious dollars which could be used for good purposes. And if we bomb Iran, they might well decide to bomb us!

  7. Come on guys! This billboard is actually an anti-war ad trolling the hawks, even Americans Against Islamophobia have confirmed that.

  8. WRONG !!!

  9. READ THE FRIGGING SIGN!!!! QUOTE: “Support The Troops, but “troops” is CROSSED OUT, and “Military-Industrial Complex” is substituted. It’s subtle, but obviously too subtle even for many of us against a war!!
    Unfortunately, thinking that “Bomb Iran” is the message is exactly what the sheep will think. Of course, this is an area where the Adopt-A-Highway sign says “Adopted by the 3rd Utah Militia”

  10. When a person reads this, he or she isn’t thinking anti war!

  11. This is an anti war message, subtle but there.

  12. They don’t support a war with Iran. Please read the billboard before you comment. Check out bombiran.org.which is an anti war organization. They are against military action in Iran.

  13. How does this relate to Islamophobia?

  14. @Abraham Nejat I was thinking the same thing,.

  15. Where is West Valley City?

  16. This is the best anti-war ad we can come up with?

  17. How About , Let’s Not Bomb Iran .

  18. lol people got to the website (bombiran.org)…it’s not an actual bombing campaign. its an anti-war message trying to get public attention

  19. It would perhaps be more effective for the billboard to say something like “think/research/remember before you bomb”.

  20. just read the bloody article

  21. Some people will see it who are not very smart and will not think. One of the signs of judgement day (for Muslims) is that there will be a dramatic increase in the number of books available, but a decrease in the amount of knowledge people have. This sign has already come true. We humans have millions of books, yet we have so many people who are stupid and have not learned from past wars.

  22. (War should be avoided and only used in self-defense).

  23. Alas, the trolls who blindly sucker up to the military industrial complex and the neo-cons who support war are bound to use this billboard for their own “evil” devices. It is sad that we have become a society that doesn’t think through slogans like this very carefully to consider how wording my have a completely opposite reaction. We need another war as much as I need another hole in my head. God help us regain some sanity and civility in our daily lives.

  24. Alas, the trolls who blindly sucker up to the military industrial complex and the neo-cons who support war are bound to use this billboard for their own “evil” devices. It is sad that we have become a society that doesn’t think through slogans like this very carefully to consider how wording my have a completely opposite reaction. We need another war as much as I need another hole in my head. God help us regain some sanity and civility in our daily lives.

  25. HAH! I rather enjoy this sign. War with Iran is so eminent you can smell it in the wind, and yet people keep acting like it’s some far-off theoretical that would surely be some isolated fight for democracy, not the obvious openings of a third world war.

    The sign is a slap in the face. Thankfully, America could use a good slapping right about now.

  26. You steal from iran. They take down the twin towers. You guys are fuckin’ idiots if you didnt see this coming. Fuck you USA

  27. Evil propaganda

  28. stupid idiots this is what happens when u take God, faith, brotherhood and chairty out of peoples lives. we end up blaming others for our own problems

  29. Wasn’t that a Beach Boys song? “Bomb-Bomb-Bomb, Bomb Iran”

  30. No Rebecca..stupid idiots who didn’t actually read the billboard.

  31. Jesus H.; Even I were a General charged by the commander-in-chief with taking Iran, that would be the last thing I’d do. Morons, I’m surrounded by morons.

  32. did anyone actualy read the article? Lol.

  33. … scary times…

  34. you know obama hates Muslims as well as Christians when he says, “Iran’s leaders should have no doubt about the resolve of the United States, just as they should not doubt Israel’s sovereign right to make its own decisions about what is required to meet its security needs. I have said that when it comes to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, I will take no options off the table, and I mean what I say. That includes all elements of American power.” – President Obama at AIPAC

  35. its digusting how politicians talk about going to war with iran like we arent trillions of dollars in debt. i really hope this message spreads because we have been in the middle east for far too long.

  36. Lets be specific, destroy all the atomic infrastructure. Iran cannot possess a nuke. Period!

  37. Layne Terrell, you know what they say, “Profanity is the crutch of the inarticualte M-Fer”

  38. This is what accumulating a low IQ average in Congress and the pulpit has wrought. I thought America would grow up as I got older. Ain’t happening. Three hundred million badly-behaved, maladjusted, nasty, naive sheep. All we need is for one Hitler to run for office and we’re Nazi Germany in a flash.

  39. America has been spreading hate and fear for over 200+ yrs. now it’s in the business of manufacturing wars, and false flags.

  40. Layne, the 911 attacks were orchestrated by Saudis. Not Iranians, dufus.

  41. Curt we already have Hitler in office.

  42. Ahmed, yet we are still great enough that ppl risk their lives and break the law to get here. GOD (the one and only Christian God) BLESS AMERICA! The greatest nation on earth, the shining city on the hill. :)

  43. Rachel
    There are Muslims who serve in the US army, females too, Muslim doctors who serve this country, Muslim teachers and officers and firefighters. Not only that, but Islam’s Allah is the same God of Abraham. Allah is just Arabic for God. He created Jesus and Mary and Isaac as well as everything else.

  44. God is God, true. Its not God that’s the problem its the differences in doctrine and how its followed and implemented.

  45. True, but some things in Christianity are implemented in a very negative way, like Islam, but why blame religion, God perfected it for us. It’s us who are imperfect and instead of blaming each other we should join togetheer and resolve for peace

  46. I wish it were that simple.

  47. Okay, may be this is an anti-war ad but the U.S.A is acting against Iran. Because of its nuclear weapons programme. And the U.S.A is a nuclear power. Ever heard of the pot calling the kettle black……?

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