Posted by Tony from ? (22.214.171.124) on Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 12:22PM :
In Reply to: Call Congress posted by Lilly from ? (126.96.36.199) on Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 11:28AM :
People must break their Nutshells and comeout
to protest against any annihilation, depopulation, slaughter, holocaust...
: NAAA-ADC ACTION ALERT
: ISSUE: On September 19, 2002, the White House sent to Congress a
: draft resolution which would authorize President Bush to "use all
: means that he determines to be appropriate, including force, in order
: to enforce the United Nations Security Council Resolutions [previously
: adopted], defend the national security interests of the United States
: against the threat posed by Iraq, and restore international peace and
: security in the region." Members of Congress are scheduled to debate
: the proposed draft resolution and could vote on a resolution
: authorizing force against Iraq during the first week in October.
: RESPONSE: NAAA-ADC, the government affairs affiliate of the American-
: Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), is opposed to a
: Congressional resolution authorizing the use of military force against
: Iraq. Iraq's full compliance with all UN Security Council resolutions
: is necessary and must be dealt with through diplomatic means and not
: by a military invasion of Iraq. Such an attack on Iraq is not in the
: interests of either the American or the Iraqi peoples and would
: severely harm U.S. national interests in the Middle East. A military
: attack at this time, particularly if it is preemptive and unilateral,
: would profoundly increase anti-American sentiment throughout the Arab
: World and would play directly into the hands of extremist groups such
: as al-Qaeda.
: TAKE ACTION: NAAA-ADC urges all ADC members to contact members of
: Congress to express strong opposition to a Congressional resolution
: broadly authorizing President Bush to use military force against
: Iraq. Please call, email or fax your Representative and Senators
: immediately by logging on to NAAA-ADC's website (see link below).
: TALKING POINTS:
: . Saddam Hussein is a cruel and inhumane dictator. The Iraqi
: people definitely deserve better than their current government.
: However, it is solely the responsibility of the citizens of Iraq to
: demand and bring about a regime change in their country. It is not the
: responsibility of the U.S. Administration or that of Congress to
: replace foreign governments for being cruel, dictatorial or non-
: . Invading Iraq at this time would destabilize the Middle East,
: harm innocent civilians, inflict havoc on the international economy,
: and fuel a whole new wave of hate against the United States. This was
: the rationale of the first Bush Administration for not invading Iraq
: in 1991.
: . Alternatively, the United States should work in concert with
: the international community, primarily the United Nations, to pressure
: Iraq to comply with international standards and norms and implement
: all relevant UN Security Council resolutions. American policy should
: focus on accomplishing its goals through skilled and effective
: diplomacy. Unilateral military action by the U.S. will undermine the
: credibility of the United Nations and weaken international legitimacy.
: . In order to demonstrate a consistent U.S. policy against the
: proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the Bush
: Administration should pursue, with the support of Congress, the goal
: of declaring the entire Middle East a region free from all weapons of
: mass destruction and delivery systems.
: . The Administration has not presented credible evidence that
: Iraq possesses or is about to acquire nuclear weapons.
: . The United States must stay the course on the global war
: against terrorism and focus on defeating al-Qaeda. To date, there is
: no credible evidence that Iraq has ties to al-Qaeda or is linked to
: the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
: . President Bush's draft resolution is clearly too broad and
: would allow the President a free hand in possible unilateral military
: action against Iraq. Such broad authority undermines the basic
: foundations of the American political system of checks and balances
: against the abuse of power.
: . The Administration's draft resolution fails to adequately
: define the mission in question and appears to authorize President Bush
: to do virtually anything anywhere in the Middle East. The resolution,
: as drafted, is likely to alarm many of America's most important allies
: instead of encouraging other nations to work closer with the United
: . Conquering Iraq is not a serious military challenge for the
: United States. However, rebuilding Iraq's economy and establishing a
: viable, democratic regime in Baghdad definitely constitute a major
: challenge that we appear ill-equipped and ill-prepared to face.
: . The people of Iraq have suffered more than a decade of
: debilitating economic sanctions, routine bombing and international
: isolation, all of which have fostered greater, not less, dependency on
: the Iraqi regime. Instead of war, intensive diplomatic efforts are
: urgently needed to avoid conflict, address international concerns, and
: begin to lift the economic sanctions and other restrictions that have
: impoverished and isolated the Iraqi people.
: NAAA-ADC is the government affairs affiliate of the American-Arab Anti-
: Discrimination Committee (ADC)
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