[Marxism] Petition for a real peace
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.
*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
*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
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
* Conditions for negotiations put forward by the Iraqi resistance
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