Ramsey Clark, others on Iraq


Jan Slakov

Dear Renaissance Network,  11 Nov.

This time, it feels like there is very little time for us to act to prevent
yet more ugly violence against Iraq. 

But we must try.

Not only is it criminal to further punish Iraq's people, it is just plain
stupid. How will the Arab world not come to hate "the West", if we continue
to bring death and destruction to this part of the world?

Please see the message from Voices in the Wilderness (below) to help inspire
our resistance to this thuggery.

Many thanks for your caring, Jan
Date:         Wed, 11 Nov 1998 20:37:20 -0600
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From: "Boyle, Francis" <•••@••.•••>
Subject:      FW: Ramsey Clark Letter to UN
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> H.E. Sir John Weston
> Permanent Mission of UK to the UN
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> New York, NY 10017
>                           November 11, 1998
> Dear Ambassador Weston:
> President Clinton has chosen the anniversary of the
> armistice ending World War I to further threaten Iraq with
> another violent assault.  He charges that failure to act
> "would permanently damage the credibility of the U.N.
> Security Council to act as a force for promoting
> international peace."  It is a phrase reminiscent of
> Plato's unnamed Athenian Stranger who favored "seeking
> peace by making war."  He taunts the U.N. to act,
> asserting "Failure to respond [will] embolden Saddam to
> act recklessly."  It is a threat by a weakened President
> thinking only of his personal political standing.  U.S.
> contempt for U.N. authority is shown by its defiance of
> the recent General Assembly vote of 157 nations versus 2
> nations protesting the U.S. criminal blockade of Cuba, its
> refusal to pay dues to the U.N. year after year and its
> selective defiance, and support for violations by other
> nations of General Assembly, Security Council and
> International Court of Justice resolutions and decisions.
> The Security Council should immediately admonish the U.S.
> that it must not again attack Iraq.  The Security Council
> is already responsible for military attacks on Iraq,
> albeit at the insistence of the U.S., including 110,000
> aerial sorties unleashing 88,500 tons of bombs across Iraq
> by U.S. aircraft in January and February 1991 which
> destroyed 80% of Iraq's military capacity according to the
> Pentagon.  Iraq has been further decimated by the most
> severe Security Council sanctions in history since August
> 6 (Hiroshima Day) 1990.  More than a million and a half
> people have died in Iraq as a direct result of those
> sanctions, as U.N. agencies have reported.  The great
> majority of the victims were infants, children, elderly
> and chronically ill persons.  This is unquestionably a
> violation of the Genocide Convention.*
> U.N. inspection teams over a period of seven years claim
> to have destroyed 90% of the remaining Iraqi missile
> capacity and designated military material.  Iraq is not
> capable of a serious threat against anyone.
> The notion that Iraq is a threat to the region is a false
> fantasy created by the U.S. to justify its vast military
> presence in the region, to dominate the oil resources and
> to contain Islam.  Iraq is no threat to its neighbors as
> every Security Council member knows.  It is barely able to
> survive.  Turkey regularly attacks the Kurdish people and
> others living on northern Iraqi soil at will with U.S.
> support and U.N. acquiescence.  There are many nations on
> earth that pose far greater threats of minor violence and
> to world peace than Iraq.  As the recently published
> "Israel and the Bomb", Columbia University Press, again
> demonstrates, Israel developed and has manufactured some
> hundreds of nuclear bombs in violation of Security Council
> resolutions and international law.
> Random assaults on Iraq at the whim of the United States
> since 1991 include scores of Tomahawk cruise missile and
> rocket assaults.  The U.S. has used the cradle of
> civilization as a shooting gallery, striking such
> dangerous targets as the Al-Rashid Hotel in Baghdad,
> killing two employees, the home of Layla al Attar, the
> famous artist and museum director, killing her and others,
> and a United Nations helicopter killing all its occupants.
> A new U.S. strike will target vital support systems for
> the population of Iraq, just as its 1991 assault targeted
> the infrastructure; water supply, electric power,
> transportation, communications, food storage, processing
> and distribution, fertilizer and insecticide manufacture.
> It is a crueler form of corporal punishment imposed on the
> entire population than public lashings and executions
> favored by former colonial powers.
> The destruction of the El Shifa pharmaceutical plant in
> Khartoum, Sudan on August 20, 1998 illustrates the U.S.
> strategy.  The plant produced 50% of the pharmaceutical
> available in the Sudan.  The cost of EL Shifa products was
> 20% of the international market prices.  It produced 90%
> of the antibiotics used for malaria which is the leading
> cause of death there.  Major international pharmaceutical
> companies do not produce drugs for malaria, or engage in
> research to address the spread of new virulent types of
> malaria which are reaching epidemic levels in part of
> Africa and Asia.  A single U.S. missile attack destroyed
> the single most important health facility in the Sudan and
> will cause thousands of deaths.  Everyone in the Sudan,
> including the entire diplomatic corps, knew of the El
> Shifa plant and its importance to the health of the
> people.
> U.N. inspections in Iraq over a period of seven years have
> been manipulated by unproven U.S. claims time and time
> again. Strategically placed agents of the U.S. and British
> intelligence agencies in U.N. inspectors' positions have
> had the single purpose of continuing the sanctions by
> making false claims that Iraq is developing nuclear,
> chemical and biological weapons with missiles and can
> complete the task in weeks, or months without inspection.
> The United States spends more on arms annually, $275
> billion presently, than the rest of the Security Council
> combined.  U.S. arms expenditures are approximately 25
> times the gross national product of Iraq.  The U.S. has in
> its stockpiles more nuclear bombs, chemical and biological
> weapons, more aircraft, rockets and delivery systems in
> number and sophistication than the rest of the world
> combined.  Included are twenty commissioned Trident II
> nuclear submarines any one of which could destroy Europe.
> It is the U.S. that ought to be inspected.  The U.S. is
> today, far more than when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
> observed it in 1967, "the greatest purveyor of violence on
> earth."
> It is imperative to world peace, the survival of the U.N.
> as an organization of independent nations and to simple
> justice that the Security Council immediately inform the
> U.S. that it must not again attack Iraq, or any other
> country.
> Sincerely,
> Ramsey Clark
> * Genocide means any of the following acts committed with
> intent to destroy in whole or in part, a national, ethnical,
> racial or religious group, as such.
>       (b)  Causing serious bodily, or mental harm to members
> of the group;
>       (c)  Deliberately inflicting on a group conditions of
> life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in
> whole or in part;
>       Art. II, Convention on the Prevention and Punishment
> of the Crime of Genocide.
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 1998 14:24:42 -0800 (PST)
From: Kathy Kelly <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Your Help Is Needed to Save Lives

Dear Friends, 

As I write this, the US government, in preparation of yet another massive
military strike against the people of Iraq, is advising the media to station
themselves in Baghdad and to be ready for the planned military attack.  In
the mean time, I've been trying furiously to contact various White House
staff to find out if anyone can give a straight answer why we are bombing
Iraq.   Reports from Reuters and Associated Press talk about the most
"opportune" moment to strike: "Modern air forces prefer to bomb in the
darkness of a moonless night...to maximize the element of surprise...the
Moslem holy fasting month of Ramadan -- a politically inopportune period for
Western military action -- begins around December 19."  It is as if we are
planning a festival.  

As I made the round of phone calls, I wasn't surprised that no one at the
White House could give me a clear justification.  But I felt a piercing and
intense pain in my gut when none of them had known that five to six thousand
Iraqi children die every month according to the most recent report by
UNICEF.  No one is willing to admit that the imminent military strike is purely
punitive, vengeful, and ultimately irrational.

During the Gulf War our incredibly smart bombs killed tens of thousands of
innocent civilians.  Eight years of economic sanctions since have claimed
the lives of hundreds of thousands.  We urge you to consider immediate
actions in your community.  Help end the sanctions and use of military
force, not lives.  

Several communities around the country are already planning fasts and
vigils.  We ask you to also hold vigils and demonstrations with banners,
enlarged photos, and leaflets.  Urge people to contact the White House at
(202)456-1111,  their elected officials, and media.  Please contact Voices
in the Wilderness for more ideas and material, such as enlarged photos,
songs, and sample leaflets.  

"We are inevitably our brother's keeper because we are our brother's
brother.  Whatever affects one affects all indirectly."  
 -- From "The World House" in  _Where Do We Go From  Here: Chaos or
Community_ by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thank you very much for your continued support and commitment.


Soyun Kim
for Voices in the Wilderness

P.S. Kathy Kelly is leaving for Baghdad tomorrow Thursday, November 12.
(See our press release following this message.)  There will be several other
members of Voices in the Wilderness, including myself, will be here to keep
you updated.  Please do not hesitate to contact us at the address and number
below if we can assist you in any way we can in your outreach effort.  

Voices in the Wilderness - A Campaign to End the US/UN Economic Sanctions
Against the People of Iraq
1460 West Carmen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
ph:773-784-8065; fax: 773-784-8837
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website: http://www.nonviolence.org/vitw
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 1998 08:36:32 EST
From: Refuse & Resist <•••@••.•••>
To: Multiple recipients of list <•••@••.•••>
Subject: FWD from Anti-Intervention Network

[the following is forwarded from Vietnam Veterans Against the War A-I and
the Anti-Intervention Network.]

Anti-Intervention Network and Friends,

A number of cities across the country have emergency response actions in
place should the U.S. attack Iraq in the near future. Please send info if
you know of additional actions in your area. We ecourage EVERYONE to
respond in some way, no matter how small. Your local action CAN have a
significant impact as part of a larger national response. (One idea for a
small group is holding or hanging banners from freeway bridges at rush

The most recent action additions are Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR, Ann
Arbor, MI; Hartford, Conn; and Los Angeles, CA. There's also a change in
the Burlington, VT action from the day of to the day after.

Thanks for your quick responses about actions in your areas. Let's keep
these plans in place far into the future and continue to popularize them so
we'll be ready WHENEVER and WHEREVER the U.S. strikes--even if they choose
to back off this time. Please send info if you know of additional actions
in your area.

Day after attack
noon--nonviolence vigil
Philadelphia City Hall (west side, 15th & Market
Brandywine Peace Community

Demonstrate the "day after" a military attack, at 5 pm
at the Liberty and 5th Federal Building, if the "day after" is a weekday,
or at 12 noon, if the "day after" is a weekend.

The day after attack
11:30-12:30 at the Federal Building
457 Main Street, Hartford
Tim Craine, Committee to Oppose Gulf War II

Day of attack
Westwood Federal Bldg
International Action Center

Day after attack
Federal Bldg (San Carlos & 2nd St)
Coalition to Lift Iraq Sanctions
408-297-2299, 650-493-9044, 408-428-7379

Day after attack
at Market & Powell
International Action Center

Day AFTER attack
12 noon
Federal Bldg (Pearl St & Elmwood)
Instant Anti-War Coalition
If you live near UVM, meet at the Royall Tyler steps at 11:15 to walk to
Fed Bldg.

Day of/Day after attack
first 5pm after U.S. attack
at the White House (16th St & Pennsylvania Ave NW--on the sidewalk)
International Action Center

Day of attack (Day after if news breaks after 12 noon)
4:30 pm
Tucson Federal Bldg
(also weekly vigils to end the sanctions every Thurs 4:30-5:30 at Fed Bldg)
Nuclear Resister

Day of attack
4:30 pm
Federal Bldg, Adams & Dearborn
8th Day Center for Justice

organizing meeting
Nov 16, 6:30 pm
at A.J. Muste Institute
339 Lafayette, 3rd Floor (East Village at Bleeker & Lafayette)

Day after attack
4:30 pm
at Park Street T-Stop
The Campaign for the Iraqi People

Day AFTER any U.S. attack on any country
Federal Bldg (2nd & Marion)
Citizens Concerned for the People of Iraq, Communities Against U.S.
Military Aggression

Day of Attack
4:30 pm
at 13th & University
bring signs & black arm bands

emergency response meetings
every Wed at 10pm
front lawn of Rollins College (1000 Holt Ave)

Day of/Day after attack
at State House Plaza
(weekly vigils against the sanctions at same location every Wed at noon)

Demonstrate 4:00 pm-6:00 pm on the day of the attack (the next day if
bombing begins after 4:00 p.m.)
Federal Building, SW 3rd and Jefferson.
Contact: Peace and Justice Works, (503) 236-3065.
(503) 236-3065  (Office)



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