[Marxism] Emergency protests against Hussein lynching

Greg Butterfield gregb at wwpublish.com
Sat Dec 30 04:56:23 MST 2006


Protest the Execution of Saddam Hussein by U.S. 
Imperialism
Protest U.S. Colonial Injustice, War Crimes, and Crimes of 
Occupation
U.S. Out of Iraq Now!

Emergency Demonstration:

In New York:
Saturday, December 30
2:00 pm
Times Square Recruiting Station
43rd St. & Broadway
call 212.633.6646 for more information

In Detroit, Michigan:
McNamara Federal Building
Saturday, December 30
4:30 PM
called by Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & 
Injustice (MECAWI)

In Boston:
Sat. Dec. 30 - 1:00pm
Military Recruiters
Tremont St., Boston


** The International Action Center urges activists to 
organize local actions in response to the execution of 
Saddam Hussein and the continuing occupation of Iraq. 
 Check the IAC website (www.iacenter.org) for updates on 
protests and other activities.
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The International Action Center (IAC) condemns the Trial 
and Death Sentence For Former Iraqi President Saddam 
Hussein; Join us to Protest U.S. Colonial Injustice, War 
Crimes, and Crimes of Occupation

The International Action Center (IAC) hold the U.S. 
government responsible for the decision of the “Iraqi High 
Tribunal" to carry out the death sentence against Iraqi 
President Saddam Hussein and considers this execution part 
of the Bush administration’s plan to once again escalate 
the war.  The timing of the execution was clearly intended 
to pre-empt news that the death toll of U.S. service 
people has hit 3,000 while that of Iraqis is in the 
hundreds of thousands. Such an execution will be another 
war crime against the Iraqi people.

As we have made clear in prior statements and articles, 
the IAC does not consider the capture, trial and judgment 
of the Iraqi president to be legal under international, 
U.S. or Iraqi law.* This punishment has nothing to do with 
the alleged crimes of the Iraqi leader nor is it part of 
an historical judgment of his role. It is the act of a 
conquering power against a nation that is occupied against 
the will not only of its 2003 legal government but also 
against the will of the vast majority of its people.

No authoritative human rights body, including those who 
were and are opponents and severely hostile to President 
Saddam Hussein such as the Human Rights Watch, considers 
his trial fair or the sentence just (see Dec. 27, 2006 
statement).

Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, a founder of 
the IAC, who was part of the defense team for Saddam 
Hussein, told the media after hearing of the plan to 
execute that "Saddam Hussein and his co-defendants are in 
the custody of the U.S. military in Iraq. They will be 
turned over to Iraq only on the order of or with the 
approval of President Bush. His pending decision will have 
long term consequences for the peace and stability of 
Iraq, and for the rule of law as a means to peace."

The Bush administration is preparing to announce its “new 
strategy” toward Iraq. This follows the November mid-term 
elections, which were an anti-war statement by the U.S. 
electorate. It follows the publication of the Iraq Study 
Group’s report, which was a recognition that the U.S. 
occupation of Iraq had collapsed and that disaster was 
near.

The execution of Saddam Hussein is a clear sign that the 
Bush administration is looking not to negotiate a way for 
the U.S. to leave Iraq, but is instead sending a signal 
that it will continue the war and escalate it despite the 
impending disaster. This conclusion is all the more 
obvious, as it accompanies the news out of Iraq that U.S. 
and puppet Iraqi troops are attacking, arresting and 
killing members and leaders of the Mahdi Army, led by 
Moqtada al-Sadr.

We in the IAC say no to the execution of Saddam Hussein 
and his co-defendants, no to the escalation of the Iraq 
war that will mean more deaths for Iraqis and for U.S. 
troops and for an intensified mobilization to stop the 
occupation of Iraq. We applaud the decision of the MECAWI 
organization in Michigan to call a protest outside of the 
McNamara Federal Building at 4:30 PM on the day the 
lynching of Saddam Hussein is set to be carried out.


*The following are URLS for prior statements on the trial 
and impending execution of Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi 
leaders:

Illegal and unfair trials of President Saddam Hussein and 
others by the Iraqi Special Tribunal...
RAMSEY CLARK
October 10, 2006 Memorandum with Exhibits for Each...
URL: http://www.iacenter.org/Iraq/hussein-2-102006.htm - 
25KB - 14 Oct 2006

Verdict of the U.S. Occupation Court
Verdict of the U.S. Occupation Court - International 
Action Center Statement - November 06-06
URL: 
http://www.iacenter.org/Iraq/hussein_verdict-11-2006.htm - 
9KB - 08 Nov 2006
  
Demonize to Colonize
Demonize to Colonize by Ramsey Clark "In the determination 
of any criminal charge ... everyone shall be entitled to a 
fair and public hearing by...
URL: http://www.iacenter.org/Iraq/rc-demonize2004.htm - 
19KB - 28 Nov 2005

Ramsey Clark: Why I'm Willing to Defend Hussein
Why I'm Willing to Defend Hussein by Ramsey Clark 
Published on Monday, January 24, 2005 by the Los Angeles 
Times Late last month, I traveled...
URL: 
http://www.iacenter.org/Iraq/rc_whydefend-sh012405.htm - 
13KB - 28 Nov 2005

The Trial of Saddam Hussein / Anti-war Movement Must 
Reject Colonial 'Justice'
The Trial of Saddam Hussein / Anti-war Movement Must 
Reject Colonial 'Justice' Le procès de Saddam, justice 
coloniale By Sara Flounders,...
URL: http://www.iacenter.org/Iraq/iraq_shtrial2005.htm - 
34KB - 28 Jan 2006


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