On Tuesday January 21, the City Council of Corvallis, Oregon, ( which is where I happen to live) approved a RESOLUTION SUPPORTING PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS by a 6-3 vote.
Some of the votes against reflected the thought that such a resolution was not for the City Council to either approve or disapprove, in ither words were none of its business.
About two dozen mambers of the public testified; the Council members had received a six-inch thick bundle of correspondence, mostly by e-mail.
A majority of the public testified in support of the resolution, an anamalgam of petitions sumitted by the Corvallis Friends Meeting, another group representing the local Presbyterian congregation, and a third representing the local Alt2War group which also has been conducting a daily vigil at the Benton County Courthouse. But moving testimony was also provided by persons who had been present in Iwojima, or who had been wounded in Vietnam, and who felt that anti-war sentiment was an act of betrayal.
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS
WHEREAS citizens of Corvallis have petitioned their City Council to take a position on a preemptive, unilateral attack on Iraq by the United States; and
WHEREAS a wide range of civic and religious leaders have declared that such an attack would be unjust, unneeded and in contravention of international laws; and
WHEREAS the Corvallis City Council and its citizens are strongly committed to democratic process and open government with full respect for international law; and
WHEREAS we believe that a preemptive U.S. military attack would violate international law and our commitments under the U.S. Charter and further isolate the U.S. from the rest of the world; and
WHEREAS international security depends not only on the judicious use of military power, but on all people of all nations working cooperatively to eliminate the poverty, injustice, inequality and environmental degradation that breed war and terrorism; and
WHEREAS we believe that the City of Corvallis and its citizens will suffer directly and indirectly from any unilateral act of war by the US.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the members of the City Council of the City of Corvallis, oppose any preemptive unilateral attack by the United States against the nation and people of Iraq; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we give our unconditional support to U.S. military personnel serving at home and abroad, and if military action does become necessary, we pledge our unyielding support to all the men and women serving in our nation's military at home and abroad; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution is forwarded to the Oregon Congressional delegation and the President of the United States.