[Marxism] Petition for a real peace

Mathias Cederholm Mathias.Cederholm at hist.lu.se
Wed Nov 22 06:05:04 MST 2006

Here's a petition that a US withdrawal from Iraq should
involve negotiations with the resistance.

I hope many find it reasonable, endorse it, and further it to other lists.

Mathias Cederholm


        *The Way Out*


Statement of the * B/Russell/s Tribunal 
<http://www.brusselstribunal.org>* and the *International 
Anti-Occupation Network <http://www.brusselstribunal.org/IAON.htm> *

(14 November 2006)

*[* * Endorse this statement online 
<http://www.petitiononline.com/wayout/petition.html> ]*

*First endorsers <http://www.brusselstribunal.org/WayOut.htm#endorsers>*

* US forces must negotiate an immediate withdrawal with the Iraqi 
resistance * <http://www.brusselstribunal.org/Conditions.htm>*

* The American people must hold their leaders responsible for the crime 
of aggressive war*

In the November 2006 congressional elections, the American people 
expressed their clear rejection of the Bush administration's war in 
Iraq. However, a broad movement of opinion is needed to force U.S. 
leaders to heed the will of their own people and, still more, the people 
of Iraq.

U.S. military leaders admit that their invasion and occupation of Iraq 
have produced "chaos". The logical conclusion is that the U.S. presence 
itself, based on criminal aggression and multiple crimes against 
humanity, is responsible for such chaos, and that to bring about 
stability, the United States should withdraw immediately.

However, U.S. leaders continue to claim that they must remain in Iraq in 
order to achieve "stability". To this end, they speak of creating an 
American-trained puppet Iraqi army to fight the resistance, and of 
enticing foreign powers to aid in ending the resistance.

This implies fostering both civil war and more foreign intervention, 
attempting to take from the Iraqi people the sovereign right of deciding 
their own future.

Meanwhile, Iraq is being destroyed. The infrastructure has been ruined. 
People are dying in the hundreds of thousands or fleeing abroad. It is 
urgent to end this massive crime and return Iraq to its own people.

To this end, we call on world public opinion to make two demands:


      * Negotiate with the Resistance!*

The United States invasion was a clear violation of international law. 
In contrast, international law recognizes the legitimacy of armed 
resistance to foreign invasion and occupation. These principles cannot 
be negated by the fact that the United States was able to use its 
immense influence to persuade the UN Security Council to recognize its 
presence, as being requested by a government that is nothing but a 
Washington-installed puppet regime.

Armed resistance expresses the legitimate desire of the vast majority of 
Iraqi people to free their land from foreign occupation. The national 
popular resistance in Iraq is the only legitimate and effective force 
able to defend popular sovereignty and determine the future of liberated 

Instead of negotiating with neighbouring regional powers in the hope of 
bringing the resistance under foreign control, the United States should 
negotiate directly with the resistance itself.


      * Punish the crimes!*

We support all efforts by the American people to initiate a thorough 
investigation of all the officials, from the highest level on down, who 
deliberately spun a web of lies and deceptions in order to create the 
pretext for the criminal invasion of Iraq. We believe that such an 
investigation would provide ample grounds for impeachment of both 
President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Such a repudiation of criminal leadership would be a first step toward 
full reconciliation with the martyred people of Iraq, setting the stage 
for a peace agreement including reparations to the war-torn country.

We fully recognize that, despite the recent U.S. election results, these 
demands require a strong mobilization of world public opinion and 
reactivation of the peace movement, notably in the United States.

*[* *Endorse this statement 
<http://www.petitiononline.com/wayout/petition.html> ]*

* Conditions for negotiations put forward by the Iraqi resistance 

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