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Informative 'No War In Iraq' Fact Sheet - pdf file

Informative 'No War In Iraq' Fact Sheet - pdf file
Informative 'No War In Iraq' Fact Sheet - pdf file
Informative 'No War In Iraq' Fact Sheet - pdf file
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Endless War?


Iraq: Collective Punishment for Oil

"We are in the process of destroying an entire country. It is as simple and as terrifying as that."
--Denis Halliday, former Assistant Secretary General of the UN, resigned in protest 1998

  • Many, if not most Americans, are unaware that the war on Iraq has been ongoing for many years; bombing has been reported to occur on an average of every 2-3 days. This is in addition to ongoing economic sanctions which have devastated the infrastructure and civilian population for the last 12 years at a cost of 1.5 million dead. (Source: Voices in the Wilderness, 2002)
  • For more than 10 years, the US has deliberately pursued a policy of destroying the water treatment system of Iraq, knowing full well the cost in Iraqi lives. The UN has estimated that more than 500,000 Iraqi children have died as a result of the sanctions. (Source: The Progressive, September 2001)
  • More than 4500 Iraqi children have been dying each month from a variety of illnesses, compared with just 600 per month before the Gulf War. Primary causes of death are diarrhea, pneumonia, and malnutrition. Approximately 250 Iraqis die daily due to the effects of the sanctions. (Source: UNICEF)
  • Beginning in 1983, during the Iran-Iraq War, Saddam Hussein was befriended by the Reagan Administration in its attempts to destabilize Iran and the entire region. Iraq was given tremendous US military aid; including biological weapons strains and chemical agents for weapons such as Sarin nerve gas, the stockpiles of which were destroyed by UNSCOM weapons inspection teams by 1994. (Source: Free Speech Radio News)

The Occupied Territories: US-tax-payer-funded Terror

"The International Community does not recognize Israel's sovereignty over any part of the occupied territories."
--US State Department Report on Human Rights Practices, February 2001

  • Israel is the largest recipient of US foreign aid: US taxpayers have given the state of Israel approximately $14 million a day for the last 25 years. Taken together with the $65 million given to Egypt for keeping peace with Israel, this constitutes more than half of the US bilateral foreign aid budget worldwide. (Source: Washington Report on Middle East Affairs)
  • The Occupied Territories (the West Bank and Gaza) were conquered by military force in 1967. In response to this act of aggression, the UN Security Council issued Resolution 242 (which the US voted for) emphasizing "the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war." Further, 242 calls for "the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the [1967] conflict." Scores of UN resolutions over the past three decades, have called upon Israel to comply with Resolution 242 with little effect; in fact, Israel has defied no less than 69 UN Security Council Resolutions and the US has acted to veto 29 others; together with the US, Israel has consistently opposed UN resolutions, thereby blocking peace. (Source: United Nations)
  • Israel refuses to end the occupation; instead, 150 new settlements have been built since 1967 and the settler population has doubled since the 1993 Oslo Peace Process began (which promised to end the expansion of the settlements) . There are now some 400,000 settlers living in the occupied territories and East Jerusalem. There have been 2850 Palestinian house demolitions and more than 10,000 Palestinians made homeless. Moreover, Israel monopolizes water resources: Israelis use as much as 5 times the water available to Palestinians. (Source: Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions)

Afghanistan: Oil Pipelines and the Largest Refugee Group

"The bombing of Afghanistan is not revenge for New York and Washington. It is yet another act of terror against the people of the world."
--Arundhati Roy, writer and political commentator, 2001

  • Enron, BP-Amoco, Chevron, Exxon-Mobil, and UNOCAL are all engaged in a multi-billion dollar frenzy to extract the tremendous petroleum reserves of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan and the rest of the Caspian Basin. (Source: American Free Press)
  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai worked with the US and the Mujahideen covertly during the Soviet occupation, and then with the CIA to undermine the Taliban. Further, the US Special Envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, worked for the US State Dept. under Reagan, and both Khalilzad and Karzai are former consultants for UNOCAL. (Source: Ted Rall, UPI, and BBC News)
  • Osama Bin Laden was recruited, trained, and funded under the Reagan Administration's National Security Decision Directive, which launched the largest US covert operation in history. Using Pakistan as a go-between, the CIA funneled an estimated $6 billion to the Mujahideen. The objective: drive out the Soviet invasion forces using a proxy army and destabilize the then pro-Soviet Afghan government. Following the Soviet retreat, the Mujahideen fought amongst themselves until the fundamentalist Taliban rose to power, binding the civilian population under one of the most repressive regimes ever seen. (Sources: www.globalresearch.ca, and Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Super Power, by William Blum)
  • The social costs of 20 years of war have been more than 1 million civilians killed and some 4.5 million refugees; making Afghans the single largest refugee group in the world. (Source: Amnesty International, 2002)

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you." -- Pericles, 430 BC

The US Police State: You're Either With US or Against US

Since 9/11 Attorney General John Ashcroft has spearheaded a massive attack on civil liberties in the US: disappeared persons, undefined detentions, secret military tribunals, secret evidence, and innumerable violations of the US Constitution.

  • The PATRIOT Act, approved without even being read by many members of Congress, allows US citizens to be subject to secret surveillance, searches, and investigations. Any of us can be labeled as 'domestic terrorists' or 'enemy combatants' and detained indefinitely. (Source: American Civil Liberties Union)
  • More than 1200 persons have been detained without charges and legal representation, stripping them of their Constitutional protections. Similarly, 110,000 US Citizens of Japanese ancestry were imprisoned in concentration camps during WWII. (Source: Center for Constitutional Rights, Refuse and Resist)

Your Taxes: Corporate Welfare . . . Invest in Caring, Not Killing

"[Nearly 70% of the military budget] is to provide men and weapons to fight in foreign countries in support of our allies... and for offensive operations in Third World countries...Another big chunk of the budget is the 20% allocated for our offensive nuclear force ... Actual defense of the United States costs about 10% of the military budget and is the least expensive function performed by the Pentagon... "
--Rear Admiral Gene LaRoque, US Navy Retired

  • Of all industrialized countries, the US spends the most by far on the military and prisons and the least on social programs; such as, education, health care, housing, and natural resources. (Source: Noam Chomsky, Understanding Power)
  • From 1996 to 1998, 41 US companies not only paid no income taxes, but received refunds from the federal government in at least one of those years; these companies reported more than $25 billion in pretax US profits. Income tax paid by these companies = $0 ; Rebate checks issued = $3.2 billion! (Source: Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, 2000)
  • During Dick Cheney's tenure at Halliburton, federal tax payments fell from $302 million in 1998 to less than zero, earning a $85 million rebate in 1999. Meanwhile, Halliburton feasted at the public trough, receiving $2.3 billion in gov't. contracts. (Source: Arianna Huffington, Los Angeles Times)
  • The Pentagon spends $750,000 per minute; 50 times what is spent on environmental protection; 7 times what is spent on education. US military expenditures account for 46% of the 2003 Federal Budget, approximately one-half of global military spending. (Source: War Resister's League)
  • The US is the world's largest arms exporter and the smallest contributor for international humanitarian aid, spending just 0.1% of the US GNP.

Media Monopoly: The Propaganda Machine . . . Don't Believe the Hype

"News is what someone wants to suppress. Everything else is advertising."
--Rubin Frank, former President of NBC News

"Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have."
-- Richard Salent, Former President CBS News

  • Currently, just 6 media conglomerates control 90% of the mass-media outlets in the US; the big 6 are: AOL-Time-Warner, Disney, Viacom, General Electric, Bertelsmann, and Ruppert Murdock's News Corporation. Their holdings include CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, ESPN, MTV, FOX, Warner Bros, Amazon.com, UPN, BET, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, Blockbuster, the list goes on and on. (Source: Colombia Journalism Review)

The Domestic Economy: War on Drugs or War on the Poor?

Wealth is being concentrated in an increasingly smaller number of hands while corporate corruption runs rampant. Big Business gets tax breaks, promising 'trickle-down', while the poor get poorer, or worse?end up in prison.

  • The net worth of the top 1% of US households now exceeds that of the bottom 90%. (Source: The Boston Review, 1999)
  • Nearly 2 million persons are currently behind bars in the US, representing the highest per capita rate of incarceration in the history of the world. The prison population has more than tripled in the last 20 years. The overwhelming majority are imprisoned for non-violent offences. Women now make up the fastest growing segment of the prison population. (Source: The Prison Industrial Complex and the Global Economy, Goldberg and Evans)
  • The US incarcerates black adult men at 8 times the rate of South Africa under Apartheid (1993). (Source: www.prisonsucks.com)

The Global Economy: Who's Winning and Who's Losing?

The gap between the world's rich and poor is growing, and the disparity is being built on environmental degradation, sweatshop and child labor, and global political and economic manipulation by gargantuan trans-national corporations like ENRON.

  • Of the largest 100 economies in the world, 52 are now corporations; only 48 are countries. Mitsubishi, GM, and Ford are all larger than Denmark, Thailand, Turkey, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Finland, Malaysia, Chile, and New Zealand. (Source: Institute for Policy Studies, 2000)
  • The assets of the three richest people are greater than the combined GNP of the 48 least developed countries. The wealthiest 475 individuals are worth more than the combined incomes of the poorest 50% of the world's people. (Source: UN Human Development Report, 1999)

"There's no business like war business. Thanks to the war against Iraq, the US has military bases in the Persian Gulf. Thanks to the war against Yugoslavia, the US has its military bases in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Macedonia. Thanks to the war against the Taliban, the US is now in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Georgia, and Azerbaijan."
--Pepe Escobar, Asia Times