PETITION: END US OCCUPATION OF
IRAQ & RESCIND THE PATRIOT
To: Senator Carl Levin, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Representative Mike
Rogers & Representative Nick Smith
undersigned affirm the following four points concerning war in Iraq and
the domestic “front” of the war on terrorism. We request your active
support of these points in your conduct as our representatives.
#1 The basis for the
United States’ intervention in Iraq was wrong and illegal. The Bush
doctrine, as expressed in the National Security Strategy, that the
United States has the right to intervene unilaterally and militarily to
overthrow governments, violates international law and the democratic
spirit of our Constitution.
Iraq was not a threat to the United States, its allies, or its neighbors
when it was attacked. Its conventional offensive capability was severely
weakened by the first Gulf War and the ensuing sanctions. There is no
evidence that it reengaged its nuclear weapons program, and no
conclusive evidence that it reacquired significant biological or
chemical weapons. The case for war was largely fabricated or
exaggerated. Finally, although the Saddam Hussein regime was deplorable
and committed crimes against its own population, the case for an
intervention at that time had not been made, and would have required a
Security Council resolution to become lawful.
#2 The post-war
reconstruction of Iraq should be based on the need to serve Iraqi
interests, not American economic interests, and especially not large
Giving priority to American interests merely confirms the cynical basis
for a foreign policy of unilateral military conquest, that is, a new
form of imperialism. Such a policy antagonizes our allies, who have been
excluded from a meaningful role in the reconstruction effort, and
arouses even greater opposition from the peoples in the region who have
long experienced Western domination. The policy of granting contracts
without open competition is not acceptable as it is an economic
extension of unilateral military intervention.
#3 The governance of
Iraq should be immediately transferred from the United States to the
United Nations, with an immediate Security Council resolution to that
effect. Further, the transference of power back to the Iraqi people
should be made as expeditiously as possible, commensurate with United
Nations implementation of this policy.
The interests of the United States are not served by the continued
occupation of Iraq. American troops are endangered, the community of
Arab nations is increasingly alienated, as are our European allies; the
occupation is contrary to international law; and this exacerbates and
gives justification to the sentiments of those who would wish to
continue attacks on the United States.
#4 Attacks on our First
Amendment and Constitutional rights, embodied in recent Executive
Orders, the USA Patriot Act, and related measures intended ostensibly to
enhance domestic security at the expense of our freedoms, must be ended.
We desire a return to a fully constitutional form of government, with an
appropriate balance of powers, and with the full protection of our civil
rights. The Patriot Act should be rescinded, and further attempts to
extend it should be resisted.
We have undermined the basis of our civil society with these unduly
repressive measures. They are unnecessary infringements on personal
liberty; they were created by and contribute to a climate of fear, and
they undermine citizens’ faith in and commitment to fair and democratic
government. They are not legitimized by an increased danger to our
security, but do create a climate of repression, thus inciting further
violence and undermining our claims to be a free and open society.
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