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Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Petition Against War On Iraq

From the open publishing newswire: Portland, Ore...Writers from around the world have signed their names to a petition against a US war on Iraq. In the United States and England, respected and well known science fiction and fantasy authors Karen Joy Fowler, Michael Moorcock, John Kessel, Lisa Goldstein, L. Timmel Duchamp, Kelly Link and many others have signed in protest. The petition is available on the Internet.

"Science Fiction writers have a special interest in the future and the US policy on Iraq is putting our future at risk. It's no wonder that so many fine writers in the genre are coming out in opposition to Bush and his war," said Douglas Lain, the man who co-wrote the petition via email with New Zealand author Tim Jones.

"We are calling for a diplomatic solution. The United States should should allow the return of UN weapons inspectors to Iraq without any resolution on the use of force. Then, when the inspection is finished, the UN should lift the sanctions which have caused so much misery in Iraq," Tim Jones explained.

The petition states that writers and artists have a special responsibility to combat deceit and distortion, and suggests that the public is not being told the truth about the heavy civilian and military casualties a conflict with Iraq would cause. [ Read more... ]

[ Sign the petition ]