THE GREENS / GREEN PARTY USA CONDEMNS U.S. BOMBARDMENT OF IRAQ
CALLS FOR EMERGENCY SESSION OF UNITED NATIONS TO STOP WAR
END THE LIES, USE OF DEPLETED URANIUM AND THE MASSACRE OF A POPULATION,
HALF OF WHICH IS UNDER 15 YEARS OLD
Every war begins with a lie. In this one the U.S. government has lied, and
lied, and lied again. Twelve years ago the U.S. government hired a public
relations firm, Hill & Knowlton, to sell to Congress the ludicrous
"incubator babies" fairytale. The government also claimed at that time that
it had satellite photos of tens of thousands of Iraqi troops along the
border of Kuwait, ready to march on Saudi Arabia. That, too, turned out to
be complete fiction.
So, too, with the current crop of government fibs, half-truths,
disinformation, rationales and outright lies. These are weapons of mass
distraction -- the invention of Iraq's non-existent "ties to Al Qaeda" and
to 9-11, fabrication of aluminum tubes for nuclear weapons, falsified
reports of Iraq's current biological and chemical warfare program (which
the British government lifted from a graduate student's essay written 10
years ago, and offered by Colin Powell and President Bush as "proof" of
These, and other nonsense, are used to divert people's attention from the
collapsing U.S. economy, the massive layoffs here at home, and the real
reasons for this war: War for empire, direct control of the world's oil
resources, and imposition of the drastic neo-conservative agenda for
reshaping the U.S. economy.
What is not a lie is that the U.S. is waging war against a population, half
of which is under 15 years old. The suffering that has already been
inflicted upon the people of Iraq through the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s
(in which the U.S. armed both sides, leaving one million dead), the 1991
massive U.S./UN bombardment, and 12 years of U.N. sanctions (including the
withholding of some $8 billion worth of goods from the people of Iraq under
the oil-for-food program), and the continuous bombing of Iraq under the
eight years of the Clinton-Gore administration, is being compounded by the
dramatic escalation of this one-sided war.
We are "shocked and stunned" -- but hardly "awed" -- by the U.S.
government's revocation of civil liberties here at home, and by what this
bombardment portends for the ecology of the planet. Greens throughout the
world condemn the US government's trampling on human rights and
international law to kill thousands of innocent Iraqis, for the sake of oil
and imperial design.
Depleted uranium weapons -- condemned by many scientists as weapons of mass
destruction -- are now standard armor for U.S. tanks, missiles and shells.
Their intensive use has already irradiated the soil not only of Iraq, but
Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, New Mexico and the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico,
where these weapons are tested.
Depleted uranium weapons are responsible for quadrupling the number of
childhood leukemia cases in Iraq, and are thought to be co-factors -- along
with experimental, genetically engineered vaccines, and pesticides -- in
the debilitating Gulf War Syndrome that afflicts more than 100,000 U.S.
soldiers. In addition, the US/UN's 1991 destruction of Iraq's water supply
and sanitation systems -- with the consequent rise in cholera and other
preventable diseases -- still plague the people of that region.
Approximately 800,000 Iraqi civilians, mostly children, have died from the
lingering consequences of the 1991 war, including contamination of air,
soil and water, and destruction of vital infrastructure, such as water and
sewage treatment plants.
We note that targeting civilian infrastructure such as those listed above
constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity under international law,
for which recent U.S. government officials need to be held accountable.
The use of nuclear weapons is too terrifying a prospect to even think
about. Yet first use of nuclear weapons is precisely what the U.S.
government has publicly announced as one of its options. Clearly, this is a
lawless government that purports to represent us, the people of the United
States, and to speak in our name.
Already bids are being let to giant U.S. corporations for the
reconstruction and privatization of Iraq's public facilities following the
bombing. $1.5 billion dollars are now being transferred out of U.S. public
funds to such enterprises as Halliburton and Bechtel -- and that's just for
starters. Halliburton, we recall, was chaired by Dick Cheney before he
became Vice-President, and Cheney still draws remuneration from that
company. Bechtel was the largest single contributor to the Republican Party
in 2000, donating more than $1.5 million.
Greens reject, in Daniel Ellsberg's words, these "merchants of war
trafficking in the machinery of Holocausts." For these and other reasons,
the Greens/Green Party USA is calling for:
- an immediate withdrawal of all U.S. and allied forces from the entire
Mid-East / Western Asia region.
- an emergency special session of the United Nations General Assembly to
debate and immediately and unequivocally rebuke the unilateral U.S.
bombardment of Iraq and end the Sanctions. An emergency special session
requires either seven members of the Security Council or 50 percent of the
General Assembly to enact.
- release of the full 12,000-page document, of which the U.S. government
censored approximately 75 percent by refusing to allow the U.S. public to
read the "missing" 9,000 pages. These pages document the extensive
corporate and governmental sales of Anthrax, brucellosis, weaponry, and
precursors to what are now termed weapons of mass destruction to the Iraqi
military in the 1980s, over the approval signature of George H. W. Bush.
- support for conscientious objectors, resisters and whistle-blowers in the
military, including those who refuse to allow themselves to be inoculated
with experimental and genetically engineered anthrax and smallpox vaccines.
- a truly independent commission to investigate 9-11 and the U.S.
government's failure to act on fore-knowledge of the tragic events of that
day, which are now being used as an ongoing rationale to orchestrate mass
hysteria in order to militarize society and decimate the Bill of Rights.
- Congress to reject the military appropriations bill now being submitted
by the President.
- an end to the U.S. government's development and use of its own Weapons of
Mass Destruction -- depleted uranium, nuclear weapons, lethal gasses,
biological warfare agents, etc. -- and for UN inspectors to supervise the
decommissioning of these weapons.
- a worldwide consumer boycott of selected corporations. Already,
international boycotts against Coca-Cola, McDonalds and other U.S.
companies are underway. Over the next few weeks, the Greens/Green Party USA
will be proposing a focused campaign directed against specific
multi-billion dollar corporations profiting from the development and sale
of weapons of mass destruction.
- A walkout from schools, jobs, and business as usual to protest this
horrible war for direct control of Iraq's (and soon-to-be Iran's) oil,
organizing towards a worldwide general strike against war and empire.
- Repeal of the Patriot Act and the Homeland Security Act, and rejection of
the Emergency Health Powers Act (the latter legislation, which has been
submitted to every state, directs each state to construct internment camps
for those refusing to allow themselves to be vaccinated for smallpox as
well as for anyone who happens to come down with that disease).
- Restoration of the Bill of Rights and the immediate release of all
immigrants who have not been charged with violent crimes. End the
deportation, mass arrests and special registration. Stop the repression of
immigrant communities, and stop the racial profiling of Arabs, Muslims,
South Asians and all communities of color.
- U.S. senators, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray of the state of
Washington, to take the lead in pushing for a full investigation and
accounting for the death of Washington peace activist Rachel Corrie at the
hands of Israeli forces. Along with Direct Action for a Free Palestine
(DAP), Jews Against the Occupation (JATO), and Stop U.S. Tax Aid to Israel
Now (SUSTAIN), the Greens/Green Party USA is also calling for a wider
investigation of U.S. funding of the murderous Israeli occupation of
Palestinian territory. In the past year and a half this has resulted in the
killings of over 1,900 Palestinians and three international peace workers.
- the impeachment of George Bush, Dick Cheney, and the firing of the
non-elected officials conducting U.S. foreign policy and supervising the
decimation of civil liberties, including Wolfowitz, Perle, Abrams,
Fleischer, Powell, Rumsfeld, and Ashcroft.
The Greens/Green Party USA says "Not in Our Name -- Not in Anybody's Name.
No war for oil, no blood for Empire."
---------Join the Greens/Green Party USA. Please go to www.greenparty.org
or write to the address above ------------------------
_____Sent To Your Mail Box From: ______
So Now We KNOW! What Now?