[Marxism] Call to Resistance Inside the Military from SNAFU
dustin at action-mail.org
Mon May 10 19:34:07 MDT 2004
Call to Resist
Sisters and Brothers in the Armed Forces:
Refuse to participate in war crimes.
Join us in taking action to stop the war.
Recent revelations, including hundreds of photos, numerous
military reports, and testimony from military and civilian
officials reveal the true nature of this war. The torture,
abuse, and rape of Iraqi prisoners and civilians is not
work of a few individual soldiers. It is the direct result
of the Bush Administration's decision to wage a
racist colonial war against an entire people. The
demonization of the Iraqi people by the Bush
Administration and its accomplices in the media make this
sort of brutality inevitable. George W. Bush, Dick Cheney,
Donald Rumsfeld, and the rest of the Administration must
be held accountable for their crimes.
In speaking of crimes, we do not speak only of individual
acts of torture. The entire process of planning and
executing this war is a criminal act, as clearly defined
by the Nuremburg Principles and other international laws.
The planning of a war of aggression and waging war against
a civilian population are clearly illegal.
Under both international and U.S. law, members of the
Armed Forces are required to disobey illegal orders.
Orders to engage in torture, or to attack civilian
targets, or to participate in wars of aggression, for
example, are illegal. Soldiers are obligated to disobey
these orders and to report those that give the orders.
Therefore, we call upon members of the Armed Forces to:
Refuse to torture prisoners in violation of International
Refuse to obey illegal orders.
Refuse to commit atrocities against an innocent
Join with the people of the world and take action now to
stop the war, and do everything within your power to
resist and expose the crimes being committed by the U.S.
We offer our support and solidarity to all who choose to
follow their consicence and take action.
No enlistment contract will excuse you from your right and
obligation to follow the dictates of your conscience. No
oath will excuse criminal acts committed against innocent
History will condemn George W. Bush as a liar and
murderer, who was willing to cause the deaths of thousands
of people for the profit of Wall Street. Will you stand
with the war criminal Bush or will you choose to stand
with the millions of people who oppose his fantasies of
global empire? Don't let those monsters in Washington DC
turn you into something less than human. Don't let them
deceive and pressure
you ino committing acts that will haunt you the rest of
your life. Turn against the war criminals and take a stand
The resistance of soldiers helped bring an end to the war
Vietnam. It was soldiers, participating in the Winter
Soldier Investigation, who documented the war crimes
committed against the people of Vietnam. Soldiers in
Vietnam helped stop the war by deserting, refusing to go
into combat, and committing other acts of resistance. By
1970, the Army had 65,643 deserters, roughly the
equivalent of four infantry divisions. The war stopped, in
part, because soldiers forced the war criminals in
Washington to stop.
Join us in stopping this criminal war.
Veterans, military personnel, and military families--to
statement, send an email to resist at join-snafu.org.
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