Anti-Discrimination Committee Action Alert
SAY NO! TO U.S. THREATS AGAINST IRAQ
SAY NO! TO SANCTIONS ON THE IRAQI PEOPLE
The U.S. government is intensifying its threats to bomb Iraq. An attack
may be imminent. Peace and civil rights groups are joining hands in expressing
opposition to a U.S. attack. As time is running out, your support is crucial!
- A U.S. bombing attack would inevitably exacerbate the suffering
of the Iraqi people by causing civilian deaths and destruction of civil
infrastructure such as roads, electrical and water facilities -- as was
the case during the 1991 Gulf War. There is overwhelming support in the
international community for a negotiated settlement of the crisis through
- While the U.S. Administration steps up its propaganda campaign in
favor of bombing Iraq, it lacks a long-term strategy toward Iraq. Questions
about whether a military strike would force the Iraqi leader to allow "unfettered"
access to UN weapons inspectors remain unanswered. "We can't bomb
[Saddam Hussein] into submission," U.S. National Security Advisor
Samuel Berger told ABC News (2/8/98). General Norman Schwarzkopf, who led
U.S. forces in the 1991 Gulf War, warned that bombing Iraq could backfire
by toughening the Iraqi leader's resolve to stand up to the United States.
- Current U.S. policy toward Iraq adversely impacts the Iraqi population.
Schwarzkopf admitted on NBC's "Meet the Press" (2/8/98) that
"there are going to be innocent civilians hurt" if the United
States decides to attack. Last month, 54 American bishops sent a letter
to President Bill Clinton expressing their "profound moral concerns
about the U.S.-led sanctions against the people of Iraq" and urging
him to "refrain from any military action in the current dispute."
- A U.S. attack could also have severe repercussions on the entire
Middle East. Feelings of frustration and anger at U.S. double-standards
in the Middle East are mounting throughout the Arab world. While the United
States severely punishes Iraq for not complying with UN Resolutions, Israel,
which continually violates UN Resolutions and has an estimated 200 nuclear
weapons capable of destroying all its neighbors, receives billions of U.S.
taxpayer dollars every year.
- Whether or not the United States bombs Iraq, it is continuing to
make the Iraqi people suffer through its sanctions policy. UNICEF has estimated
that 4,500 Iraqi children under the age of 5 are dying every month, largely
as a result of the sanctions -- i.e. one child every 10 minutes. UN monitors
have reported that the meager "oil-for-food" deal is inadequate
in addressing the pressing needs of the Iraqi people and in rebuilding
a collapsed infrastructure.
- It is time for the U.S. government to heed the voices of reason
throughout the world and the United States by giving diplomacy a real chance
and taking concrete steps toward lifting the sanctions.
Make your voice heard!
- President Bill Clinton, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C.
20500, Tel: (202) 456-2580 Fax: (202) 456-2461, White House Comment Line:
(202) 456-1111 (1-1-0)
- Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, 2201 C St., N.W., Washington,
D.C. 20520, Tel: (202) 647-4000, Fax: (202) 647-7120, e-mail:
- Your Representative, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington,
D.C. 20515 Your Senator, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510 Congressional
switchboard: (202) 224-3121 or 1-800-972-3524 or 1-800-522-6721
Encourage members of Congress who are urging a diplomatic settlement.
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D- GA) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) have been particularly
vocal against bombing Iraq. Representatives Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI), Bernard
Sanders (I-VT), John Conyers (D-MI), Lee Hamilton (D-IN), Jesse Jackson,
Jr. (D-IL), Lynn Rivers (D-MI); Senators Paul Wellstone (D-MN), J. Robert
Kerrey (D-NE) are among the lawmakers who have indicated in various ways
that they are opposed to bombing.
Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA), Max Cleland (D-GA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
are undecided. Calls urging them to promote a peaceful solution to the crisis
could help sway them in favor of diplomacy.
2. Contact your local media with your concerns. Respond promptly to
articles with your perspective and the relevant facts. Also call into radio
and TV talk shows. C-Span; CNN's Larry King; CNN Late Edition; CBS' Tom
Snyder take calls from viewers. You should be brief, polite and concise.
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3. Document any biased coverage in local and national media and forward
copies to ADC. Try to have audio and video tapes ready. If you can't, then
write things down word for word.
4. Join the ADC Task Force on Iraq. Demonstrations, petition drives
and teach-ins are being organized around the country. To participate in
this effort, contact ADC Organizing Director Omar Kamhieh at (202) 244-2990;
5. Report hate crimes, harassment or discrimination to ADC immediately.
Forward any hate mail or e-mail. Previous experience has shown that anti-Arab
sentiment tends to rise in times of crisis.
6. Distribute to lo cal teachers and school district officials a 2-page
overview of Iraqi history and culture prepared by ADC. It is designed as
a guide to classroom discussion about the current crisis and to diffuse
anti-Arab sentiments or stereotypes. To request a copy, contact Director
of Education & Outreach Marvin Wingfield at (202) 244-2990; e-mail:
7. Forward copies of your correspondence to ADC and call ADC for updates
or further information.
For further information, please contact ADC at
4201 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20008, U.S.A.
Tel: (202) 244-2990, Fax: (202) 244-3196