Action re: bombing


Jan Slakov

Dear RN list,   

Obviously, those of us who tried to prevent the bombing have not succeeded.

There are actions we can still take and that others are taking, that we
should know about. (I am considering just walking down the local highway
tomorrow with a sign: "What good will the bombing do?/ Bombarder, ça sert à
quoi?" and alerting local media; they might think it worth their while to
take a picture, to ask me why I feel moved to do this.... I know that many
people think we need to "be firm with Saddam" and have really no idea that
this bombing has nothing much to do with "being firm with Saddam".)

Anyhow, this posting will inform you of some actions being taken. 

all the best, on this sad night, Jan
Date:   Wed, 16 Dec 1998 21:39:12 -0500
From: Eric Fawcett <•••@••.•••>
Subject: U.S. News Release: Iraq and Impeachment 

From: Institute for Public Accuracy <•••@••.•••>
      (202) 347-0020  *
      915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045
The following news release was distributed via fax on Wednesday
afternoon, December 16, 1998 a few minutes before the first reports 
that a military attack on Iraq had begun:


 MICHAEL RATNER, (212) 614-6430, (212) 243-3805, •••@••.•••,
      An attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights,
 Ratner is author of a forthcoming American Journal of
 International Law article titled "Bypassing the Security Council:
 Use of Force and the Iraqi Inspection Regime." On Wednesday
 afternoon, Ratner said: "Clinton's repeated attacks on Iraq and
 his bombing of a pharmaceutical plant in the Sudan are
 impeachable. They violate the Constitution, which gives Congress
 the power to declare war, and the War Powers Resolution. Also,
 the U.N. Security Council has not given any authority to bomb
 Iraq for allegedly violating the inspection regime. A bombing
 would violate our Constitution -- only Congress can declare war.
 Clinton's attacks on Iraq are a subversion of our Constitution,
 our structure of government and treaty obligations."

 FRANCIS BOYLE, (217) 333-7954, •••@••.•••
      Professor of International Law at the University of Illinois
 College of Law in Champaign, Illinois, Boyle said: "The incentive
 is to start bombing and continue until January 6th, when the new
 Congress convenes and the resolution of the House Judiciary
 Committee dies. The new Congress would have to start impeachment
 proceedings all over again.... The war powers clause of the
 United States Constitution, Article I, Section 8, expressly
 requires authorization by Congress before the President can
 engage in acts of war, unless there is a direct attack upon the
 United States. Clinton has also violated the War Powers
 Resolution of 1973 that was enacted by Congress over President
 Nixon's veto in order to prevent a repetition of the Vietnam
 War scenario, where Americans were misled by repeated
 presidential lies, misrepresentations, deceits and falsehoods at
 every step of the way."

 SIMONA SHARONI, (202) 895-4927, (202) 723-3770, •••@••.•••
      Professor of Peace and Conflict Resolution at American
 University, Sharoni said: "Strategically, it is doubtful that
 bombing would get rid of Saddam Hussein or make him comply with
 UNSCOM. In fact, it could end UNSCOM's role. One cannot help but
 be sickened by the prospect of a miliary attack on the eve of
 Clinton's impeachment and in the midst of the holiday season."

 STEPHEN ZUNES, (415) 422-6981, (831) 425-2975, •••@••.•••
      Zunes is chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at
 the University of San Francisco. "No member state of the United
 Nations can unilaterally enforce a Security Council resolution
 without expressed approval by the Security Council," he said.
 "The U.S. had such authorization in 1991 regarding the expulsion
 of Iraqi forces from Kuwait -- but it has no such mandate now."
 Zunes added: "If the U.S. could unilaterally attack Iraq for its
 violations of a U.N. Security Council resolution, then Russia
 could unilaterally bomb Israel for its many violations of U.N.
 Security Council resolutions."

Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 17:58:52 -0500 (EST)
From: David Morgan <•••@••.•••>
Subject: [IAC] Important Phone Numbers - Let your Voice be HEard

>>Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 20:08:52 +0000 (GMT)
>>From: Rania Masri <•••@••.•••>
>>To: •••@••.•••
>>Subject: [IAC] Important Phone Numbers - Let your Voice be HEard
>>Sender: •••@••.•••
>>=========Iraq Action Coalition ======== =======
>>To subscribe, send an e-mail to "•••@••.•••" with
>>'subscribe iac-list' in the body of the message
>>Dear Friends,
>>Please call the following individuals, and let them know that bombing
>>Iraqi cities is a crime - legally and morally. (Thanks to Reem Haddad for
>>providing this list.) 
>>Secretary General Kofi Annan --> 212.963.5012
>>President Clinton -->                202.456.2580
>>White House Comment Line --> 202.456.1111
>>Secretary of State Albright --> 202.647.4000 & 202.647.5291
>>Secretary of Defense Cohen --> 703.695.5261
>>US Ambassador to the UN -->  212.415.4404 & 212.415.4062
>>Britain's Ambassador to the UN --> 212.745.9334
>>Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
>>        (has 20 members) --> 202.224.4651
>>House Committee on Foreign Affairs
>>        *has 48 members) --> 202.225.5201
>>Congressional Switchobarod --> 202.224.3121 or 202.225.3121
>>ABC     212.456.7777 - ask for comment line then press 4
>>CBS     212.975.3247
>>NBC     212.664.2333 ext. 2
>>NPR Morning Edition - 202.842.5044
>>New York Times - •••@••.•••
>>Please distribute.
>>- Rania Masri
>>Iraq Action Coalition
*   David Morgan,        * (president, Veterans Against Nuclear Arms)
*   240 Holyrood Road,   *
*   North Vancouver,     *
*   BC, V7N 2R5 CANADA   *
*   Tel: 604-985-7147    *
*   Fax: 604-985-7147    *        
*   <•••@••.•••>    *
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 17:16:26 -0800 (PST)
From: Kathy Kelly <•••@••.•••>


For Immediate Release                                   Contact:        Voices in the Wilderness
December 16, 1998                                                               Chicago (773)784-8065

Amidst Bombing, Voices in the Wilderness Members Depart for Iraq 

Chicago -- Voices in the Wilderness, a Chicago based anti-sanctions group,
currently facing federal fines of $160,000 for bringing medicine and toys to
Iraq, is sending a delegation to Amman, Jordan on December 17, with plans to
enter Baghdad as soon as possible.  

        As the U.S. launches military strikes against Iraq, Voices In the
Wilderness announced that its 19th delegation will leave for Iraq.  The
delegation will deliver rmedicine and medical supplies for children's'
hospitals in Iraq in public defiance of US / UN sanctions. 

        Kathy Kelly, co-founder of the campaign, will travel along with Brad
Simpson of Chicago and Alan Pogue, of Austin, TX.  Ms. Kelly  has traveled
to Iraq nine times since 1991. Voices in the Wilderness openly violates US
sanctions regulations to protest the most comprehensive economic sanctions
ever imposed on any country.

        The U.N./U.S. sanctions have been in effect for more than eight years and
have caused the deaths of over 1.2 million Iraqi civilians,  60% of them
children under 5 years of age. According to the United Nations, an estimated
6,000-7,000 Iraqi children die every month as a result sanctions - induced
starvation and disease. 

        As many Americans prepare for Christmas and observe Hanukah, and as Muslims
enter the Holy month of Ramadan, the Pentagon estimates that a military
bombardment of Iraq could result in ten thousand deaths.  

        "Bombing Iraq,  a country already devastated by eight years of sanctions,
will only compound the suffering of innocent civilians," said Brad Simpson,
a graduate student at Northwestern University who travelled to Iraq in
December, 1996 and will travel with the 19th delegation..  "We are
travelling to Iraq to voice in the strongest possible terms, our opposition
to any use of military force."

        Note: Ms. Kelly and Mr. Simpson will be available for interviews on
Thursday, December 17 as they pack for departure.

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: •••@••.•••


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