10 Reasons to
Oppose War with Iraq
1. War with Iraq
won't make us safer.
A unilateral attack
by the United States will inflame anti-US sentiment, feed Bin Ladin's
rhetoric, and may stimulate more attacks by fundamental extremists.
2. There is no
There is no hard
evidence that Iraq has nuclear weapons. Recent UN reports suggest
inspections have shown no evidence that Saddam's robust nuclear
program of the 1990s continues. According to these same reports,
the United Nation's believes Iraq has little means to deliver chemical
and biological weapons to threaten countries in the Middle East,
let alone the US
3. A preemptive
attack violates the UN charter.
The UN Charter
forbids member countries from attacking another country except in
self defense. If the US puts itself above international law it will
further encourage other nations to do the same. Not to mention the
contradiction of the United States in relation to the numerous UN
resolutions Israel has broken with their dealings of occupied territories
of Palestine. While Israel continues to receive the majority of
US foreign aid, totaling a staggering 1.6 trillion dollars since
1973, with over 50% supporting Israel military operations in Palestine.
4. Our allies
do not support us in this war.
US allies in the
Middle East oppose a US attack on Iraq. Our European allies have
urged the U.S. to work through the UN An invasion of Iraq would
isolate the US from the rest of the world and shatter the principles
of international cooperation and mutual defense that are key to
US and global security.
5. Thousands of
innocent people may die.
say that an invasion of Iraq could lead to the deaths of 10,000
innocent civilians. The CIA also reports that if Saddam does possess
biological weapons, he is more likely to use them in defense if
attacked by the US, putting even more of Iraqi civilians and US
troops at risk of death.
6. Young American
men and women will fight and die.
US military action
and possible occupation is likely to produce far more casualties
than the previous Gulf War or the war in Afghanistan. Many combatants
will suffer physical and psychological repercussions for years after
the war ends.
7. Funding for
education, environment and health care is cut in order to pay for
the "war on terror."
the cost of a war with Iraq at $60-$100 billion with ongoing billions
for occupation and rebuilding Iraq, a drunken thought if one realizes
our economy is currently suffering an awful recession. Also the
environmental impact of another Gulf War could potentially threaten
even more oil reserves, and endangered species (if set on fire like
the first Gulf War), as well as contributing greatly to global warming-
which Bush after his 2003's State of the Union address- is acknowledging
8. Things may
not be better after a war.
We have no guarantee
that a new regime in Iraq will make life any better for the Iraqi
people, who already live under a tyrannical dictator. Or that Iraq
will be any friendlier to the US than Saddam currently is. The Taliban
were once our allies in Afghanistan. Will the new regime in Iraq
become our enemy after a few years as well?
9. There are other
The US can work
through the UN using mechanisms such as the resumption of weapons
inspections, negotiation, mediation, regional arrangements, and
other peaceful means. Most significantly, trying Saddam in an international
court of law for War Crimes, such as was done post-Bosnia conflict
for Slobodan Milosevic, is an option. This may also entail prosecuting
certain United State's officials and companies who openly supplied
Saddam with biological components.
10. The American
people have deep misgivings about this war.
Many people know
that this war makes no sense. You can add your voice to activities
in your own community. In the rhetoric of our President Bush, a
self-proclaimed Christian, one must wonder, has he ever thought-"Who
would Jesus bomb?" Surely not the innocent people of Iraq who have
already suffered greatly because of Saddam and UN sanctions supported
by the United States.