The Case Against an Invasion of Iraq


The Case Against an Invasion of Iraq

Photo courtesy of the Colorado Campaign for Middle East Peace
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The proposed “preemptive” war with Iraq has kindled protest by thousands of people.In millions more, there is profound doubt, fear, or anger -- for good reason. We hope you will take all that and actively oppose the war!

The catalogue of protest is as varied as we are.  But whatever you do, we hope you will take an extra step beyond the comfort zone.  This is to be a war like no other in our history – a war not just on Iraq but on the democratic identity and future of the United States.  Just how far it goes, how many lives and freedoms it destroys, will depend on the vigor of our protest.  Our action is itself our own freedom and dignity, whether we see an immediate political effect or not.  With that action, we nurture the ideals that in turn sustain us.  Then we find solidarity not just with dear friends around us but also with those who carried the torch of justice down through the ages to us, and with those who will stand firm for freedom when we are gone. 

Greg Mello

Cost of the War in Iraq
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Senator Robert Byrd condemns war and Bush administration - “We Stand Passively Mute,” Feb 12, 2003.

“Poll: Majority of Americans oppose unilateral action against Iraq,” Martin Merzer, Knight Rider Newspapers, Jan 12, 2003.

Check out the following links for more great pictures of recent peace actions:

California Bay Area Peace Rally - Courtesy of KRON4
Voice 4 Change - Picture of the Day Collection

                Want to get involved?  Here are some local New Mexico organizations*

Action Coalition of Taos, New Mexico
Chuck Pergler
Los Alamos, NM

Committee to Stop the War Machine
PO Box 4591
Albuquerque, NM 87196
Email: Bob Anderson or

Georgia Bennett
New Mexico Progressive 

New Mexico Solidarity Network
144 Harvard Avenue, SE
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 265-4799                                                                                                          

San Juan County Peace Coalition
Farmington, NM

Santa Fe Community Action Network

Veterans for Peace - Albuquerque
Sally-Alice & Don Thompson
1519 Anderson Place SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: (505) 268-5073

 Veterans for Peace - Santa Fe
Ken Mayers
7 Avenida Vista Grande
Santa Fe, NM 87508
Phone: (505) 466-6954

Los Alamos Study Group
2901 Summit Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106-2028                                                                                                                                    

* If you do not see your group listed here and would like to have it listed, please call us at (505) 265-1200.


Congressional Research Service finds “preemptive” war unprecedented in U.S. history, Richard F. Grimmett, National Defense Specialist. Click here to download html document.

“Officers Say U.S. Aided Iraq in War Despite Use of Gas,” Patrick E. Tyler, New York Times, August 17, 2002.
This article documents that dozens of U.S. military advisors, working in a special Baghdad office, helped Saddam Hussein with detailed battle planning and assessment during the Iran-Iraq war, including periods when poison gas was being used regularly and extensively. Click here to download html document.

 “The Case Against War on Iraq,” Howard Zinn, Boston Globe, August 19.

“The Iraq Crisis and International Law,” A Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Reader, Edited by Richard Falk and David Krieger, January 2003. Adobe Acrobat pdf document, 499kb, click here to download.

 “Why Another War?” A Backgrounder on the Iraq Crisis, 2nd ed, Sarah Graham-Brown and Chris Toensing.   

 “U.S. Had Key Role in Iraq Buildup - Trade in Chemical Arms Allowed Despite Their Use on Iranians, Kurds,” Michael Dobbs, Washington Post, December 30, 2002.

This detailed article is very interesting because it documents, among other revelations, that the first Bush Administration allowed sales of chemical weapons and/or chemical weapon precursors to Iraq in December 1988, after the Halabjah massacre of March 1988.  Also, it may not be widely known that Rumsfeld’s 1983 overture to Saddam Hussein occurred when it was well known to the Reagan Administration that Hussein was using chemical weapons “on an almost daily basis.” Click here to download html document

“Top ten reasons why the U.S. should not invade Iraq”

Courtesy of Global Exchange.  For a complete explanation of the following, please access the full webpage at Global Exchange:
  1. There is no justification for going to war.
  2. Iraq does not pose a clear and present danger.
  3. When it comes to invading Iraq, the U.S. has few allies.
  4. An attack on Iraq would make us less safe.
  5. A costly invasion would take resources away from much needed priorities at home.
  6. Invading Iraq would be extremely difficult -- and without a clear victory.
  7. A war would kill thousands of people.
  8. We should not wage a war for oil.
  9. Other options besides war are available.
  10. Opposition to the war is growing.

For more reasons not to invade Iraq, see the web pages of these organizations

Dallas Peace Center
Foreign Policy in Focus                                
Global Exchange

Useful links with lots more information and analyses

Action Coalition of Taos, New Mexico
American_Friends_Service Committee
Democracy Now
The Coaltion for Peace Action
San Juan County Peace Coalition
Veterans for Peace
Voice 4 Change
Western States Legal Foundation

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