Dear RN List, Dec. 16 I have this sinking feeling: It looks as if Iraq will, once again, become target practice for the US military. Along with the news item about the likely attack (below) I will post the most recent information from Voices in the Wilderness, which steadfastly represents those of us who are sickened by this stupid, cruel bullying in our name, (in the name of our countries, and of the UN). all the best, Jan PS I will post the sing on declaration separately, later. *********************************************************************** Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1998 18:59:07 -0800 (PST) From: Kathy Kelly <•••@••.•••> Subject: Action Plan - VitW Dear Friends, Thank you for your patience in waiting for us to respond more formally to the US Treasury Department's prepenalty notice, issued on December 3, 1998, informing us of their intention to impose $163,000 in penalties on our organization and selected individual travelers. After consulting the 57 people who have traveled on behalf of our campaign, along with a long list of mentors and supporters, we have devised the following action plan. Central to our strategy is a document which will reach you under a separate message, entitled "Declaration," which invites you to officially notify the US Treasury Department of your support for or involvement with our campaign. We'll be very grateful for your assistance in circulating the Declaration form as widely as possible. The following timeline describes actions we want to undertake in the coming weeks. It's an ambitious plan, and if we cannot realize all of it, we hope you will understand. It goes without saying that we'll be very grateful for any help you can give us, including financial assistance (we guarantee you we won't direct your contributions toward paying penalties!) during these crucial weeks. Very sincerely yours, Kathy Kelly for Voices in the Wilderness Timeline: December 22, 1998 11:00 a.m. Chicagoans gather at the Kluczynski Federal Building (209 South Dearborn Avenue) for a press conference and holiday gift-giving ceremony in which supporters will send their blessing with the next delegation to Iraq. They will also contribute toward the delegation's relief shipment. Bearing wreaths, candles, banners, pictures of Iraqi children, and sacks of medicines and toys to be delivered, the assembled group will, through song and prayer, express their hopes for a swift end to the UN/US economic sanctions against Iraq. Representatives of religious, human rights, education, social service and public health communities will be invited to join the group. Voices in the Wilderness members who presently risk hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties will declare acknowledge what they did, explain why they have violated the US/UN embargo against Iraq and declare their determination to continue. The US Attorney for Illinois, along with assistants and staff will be invited to join the ceremony. December 28, 1998 - December 30, 1998 Voices in the Wilderness members and supporters will go to Washington D.C. to visit Treasury Department offices, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, and US Attorney General Janet Reno's office to deliver Declarations signed by numerous people expressing their involvement in and support for the campaign to end the UN/US sanctions against Iraq. Those who have traveled to Iraq will offer to assist US authorities with their investigation by showing them a sample of the medical supplies (and sometimes toys) that they have previously brought to Iraq. They will also show enlarged photos of Iraqi children whom they have met, most of whom have died for lack of medicines to treat curable diseases. December 28 marks the Feast of the Holy Innocents. In a separate message we'll send reflections about this solemn feast, which marks King Herod's slaughter of innocent children in Bethlehem. This chilling story has a tragic modern parallel in the economic sanctions against Iraq that claim the lives of hundreds and thousands of children. December 30, 1998 marks the last working day within the 30 day period which the US Treasury Department and Office of Foreign Assets Control have allotted as a response time before they will decide whether or not to impose the threatened penalties. Voices in the Wilderness members will hold a press conference, most likely at the Office of Foreign Assets Control, in Washington, DC, at a time to be announced. Along with explaining the importance of nonviolently resisting the economic sanctions against Iraq by publicly violating them, members of the campaign will announce that they cannot in conscience pay any penalties. Members of the next delegation to Iraq, some of whom already face huge penalties, will display their plane tickets and declare their determination to continue bringing medicines and toys to children and families in Iraq. The campaign will also announce a "Walk Away From the Pentagon" journey, to begin January 15 on the birthday of Martin Luther King and the eve of the eighth year since the Gulf War began. Participants will walk from the Pentagon in Washington, DC to the United Nations in New York over a period of several weeks. Walkers will visit with people in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, campaigning for an end to the UN/US sanctions against Iraq and calling on the United Nations to walk away from the Pentagon: to stop allowing the US policy to pervert the UN into an instrument of warfare that brutalizes children. 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 email: •••@••.••• website: http://www.nonviolence.org/vitw *************************************************************** Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 06:51:36 -0600 Reply-To: "Boyle, Francis" <•••@••.•••> Subject: US prepares new Iraq strike:Dog Wagging Clinton wags the dog once again. fab Francis A. Boyle Law Building 504 E. Pennsylvania Ave. Champaign, IL 61820 217-333-7954(voice) 217-244-1478(fax) •••@••.••• US prepares new Iraq strike BAGHDAD: (South News,Dec 16) The United Nations ordered its staff out of Baghdad Wednesday after a UNSCOM chairman Richard Butler criticised Iraq for breaking its promise to cooperate fully over weapons inspections. The decision raised the spectre of a new military confrontation just over a month after the United States and Britain made an eleventh hour decision not to launch air strikes. Clinton called off the attack 15 minutes before it was to begin on November 14. The diplomatic mission for foreign embassies in Baghdad sent representatives to the U.N. headquarters to discuss the situation. Some U.N. cars belonging to the humanitarian staff also arrived at the headquarters carrying luggage. In London, British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook described Butler's report as ``very serious'' and that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein should expect no warning if Britain and the United States decided to launch air strikes. "This is a very serious report and we are taking it very seriously," Cook said on BBC radio, reiterating that Britain is prepared for a military strike. "Last month, Saddam Hussein gave an undertaking that there would be unconditional, unrestricted access for the inspectors and it was on that basis that military action last time was halted. It is quite clear (from Butler's report) that he has not kept to that commitment." Cook told the BBC: ``We said last time we would not be giving further warnings to Saddam Hussein. I am not now going to give him any warning of what we might do over BBC radio.'' The United States said late Tuesday the U.N. report criticizing Iraq's lack of full compliance with weapons inspections was ``a very serious matter'' and all options, including air strikes, remained open. State Department spokesman James Foley said President Clinton would review the report with his senior foreign policy advisers, but no decisions had yet been made on whether to proceed with previously threatened U.S.-British air strikes against Iraq. Clinton, facing likely impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives later this week, arrived back in Washington late Tuesday after a three-day visit to the Middle East which had concentrated mainly on the Israeli-Palestinian situation. Foley left no doubt that Washington would act against Iraq if it deemed necessary. He declined to speculate about how Clinton and his advisers would respond to the UNSCOM report but said Washington felt no further endorsement was required from the Security Council for any U.S. military action against Iraq. An anaylst said the US could bomb Iraq between 2 and 4 am Thursday or Friday morning Iraq time. This would put it on prime time US on Wednesday or Thursday A dark sky with little or no visible crescent is seen as the best time to launch an attack. Ramadan New Moon occurs on December 18/19 creates a potential window of opportunity for a U.S. strike. There are three or four nights of darkness on either side of the new moon. The 1991 Persian Gulf War was launched Jan. 17, two days after the new moon arrived Jan. 15, continuing a long military tradition of surprising the enemy in the dead of night. First strike aircraft come after sundown. Fighter-bomber jets such as F-117s, which have few defense means, fly under cover of darkness.