In Reply to: Why launching an Assyrian declaration of "CRITICAL SOLIDARITY" posted by andreas on September 15, 2001 at 05:36:49:
Sorry, I meant of course: "Why NOT launching ...."
: And sorry, lads and lassies, for flooding your precious venue here with some articles.
: But I'd like to ask you:
: Can't you think of starting an ASSYRIAN/CHALDEAN/SYRIAC initiative for making an official declaration of (at least) concerned ASSYRIAN/CHALDEAN/SYRIAC indiviuals somewhere along the lines of what you've expressed here so far in terms a) of solidarity with the terrorism victims but also b) of critical reflections on the US policies - possibly leading c) to recommendations for new approaches for new solutions? (de-escalation of war-mongering US national hystery etc. etc.)
: Maybe it could fly under the motto of "critical solidarity".
: I'd appreciate serious responses.
: (Only for those who need the daily infusions of usual squibbles:
: If you should encounter difficulties in setting up such a letter/declaration and if Ashur shouldn't be available right now or once again he will outrightly reject writing FORCEFULLY DIPLOMATIC & PEACE PROMOTING letters, then please try to ring up Nabu: He had already done marvellous jobs in this respect in the past ......)
: in critical solidarity
: CESR Statement on Attacks in the U.S.
: CENTER FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RIGHTS RESPONSE TO ATTACKS IN THE UNITED
: (New York, September 13, 2001) – We condemn and deplore Tuesday’s horrific
: attacks in the United States and express our sorrow and solidarity with the
: victims, their relatives and friends, and all people
: who have been wounded by these crimes.
: Amidst the devastation, the response in New York has been inspiring.
: Despite palpable anger, New Yorkers have largely resisted the lure of
: answering hate with hate and instead joined together in grief for the
: victims and resolve to carry on. Despite continuing danger, firefighters,
: rescue workers and volunteers have worked nonstop to control the inferno and
: locate survivors. Mayor Giuliani himself rushed to the danger zone to
: supervise the rescue effort, and also announced zero tolerance for vigilante
: In contrast, our highest federal officials in Washington went missing from
: the scene of destruction and issued what can only be termed dangerously
: irresponsible calls for military vengeance. President Bush’s warning that
: we “will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts
: and those who harbored them” can be interpreted to justify attacking an
: entire nation rather than strictly targeting
: those responsible. Democratic Senator Zell Miller of Georgia made this
: explicit: “I say, bomb the hell out of them. If there’s collateral damage,
: so be it. They certainly found our civilians to be expendable.”
: We affirm that all civilians, regardless of nationality or any other status,
: are protected by fundamental principles of international law, human rights
: and common decency. The tragic loss of life in lower
: Manhattan and elsewhere must not be followed by another slaughter of
: innocents in another part of our world.
: US media coverage has simplified the issues as good versus evil, American
: liberty versus irrational Islamic fundamentalism. This indicates a profound
: lack of political reflection on the US role in supporting oppressive
: governments and policies in the Middle East, from Israeli occupation of
: Palestinian land to Egyptian and Saudi repression of democratic dissent. It
: is never popular to discuss root causes in the midst of such carnage. But
: these disaster scenes will become increasingly frequent unless we resolve to
: consistently support human rights in all countries for all peoples.
: Indiscriminate bombardment of Afghanistan or Iraq – whose populations are
: already brutalized by war, US-driven economic sanctions and repressive
: governments – will destroy fragile infrastructure, kill civilians, inflame
: anti-American sentiment throughout the region and escalate the cycle of
: violence – while leaving the architects of the suicide attacks untouched.
: The damage to our own society could be even
: greater – increased militarization, potential suspension of civil liberties
: and widespread scapegoating of minority communities. Already there have
: been scores of bias crimes against Arabs and Muslims reported
: across the country.
: We urge all people of conscience to extend all possible support to victims
: of Tuesday’s heinous attacks, to stand fast against all forms of racism and
: stereotyping, and to oppose calls by certain political leaders for
: indiscriminate vengeance abroad and diminished freedoms at home. The path
: to increased security for Americans and other peoples lies through more
: justice and more democracy, not less.
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