WLOE Newsletter: 10 April 2003:
Uniting for Peace, Dangers of Depleted Uranium, Guns vs Butter in the USA –
and Tax Resistance
- On Tuesday, April 8,
Arab nations requested a U.N. General Assembly meeting on the war in Iraq,
hoping to win approval for a resolution calling for a cease-fire. Such a special
meeting under the provisions of Resolution 337 (V), “Uniting for Peace”, has
been urged by women’s, Green Party and other international groups.
From the website of Uniting for Peace: http://habitat.igc.org/ufp/
"We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding
generations from the scourge of war ..."
Preamble to the United
Join an e-merging global peoples movement supported by non-governmental organizations
that is calling on Member States of the United Nations to convene an Emergency
Meeting of the UN General Assembly under the provisions of General Assembly
Resolution 377 (V), Uniting for Peace.
Resolution 377 (V) empowers a majority of the Members of the General Assembly
- or of the Security Council - to call such a meeting where "... Security
Council, because of lack of unanimity of the permanent members, fails to exercise
its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and
security in any case where there appears to be a threat to the peace, breach
of the peace, or act of aggression."
Resolution 377 (V) was decided in November 1950 with the active support of
the U.S. as a way of responding to what was perceived as abuse of the Security
Council veto power by the U.S.S.R. and had its legislative roots in General
Assembly Resolution 290 (IV), Essentials of Peace.
Here is a listing of just a few of the web sites that are calling for an Emergency
Meeting of the General Assembly under the provisions of Resolution 337 (V),
Uniting for Peace…
Please sign the petitions, and/or send an email or fax to the Permanent Mission
of Member States - see contact information below.
formally request General Assembly meeting on Iraq
Uniting for Peace Petition - International site
for Peace Petition - Voice4Change
Uniting for Peace Petition - Greenpeace
for Peace - Center for Constitutional Rights, New York
for Peace - Denmark
- Last Chance to Give Peace a Chance
for Peace - Friends of the Earth, UK
Urges General Assembly to "Unite for Peace"
& Email information for Permanent Missions to the UN in New York
of Europe Resolution 1326: Europe and the war in Iraq
Uniting for Peace - fax sent to Ambassadors worldwide
Project for a
New American Century - blueprint for U.S. world dominance
- Resolution 377 (V),
Uniting for Peace
(V) English - HTML
Women’s groups word-wide support special UN session to discuss war and peace
NEW YORK - March 28 - International
women's organizations,including MADRE, Women of Color Resource Center, Center
for Women's Global Leadership, and the International Women's Human Rights
Law Clinic, today joined other women's organizations worldwide as they called
on the member states of the United Nations General Assembly to enact an emergency
application of UN Resolution 377 ("Uniting for Peace") to stop the
US-led bombing of Iraq and protect Iraqi civilians.
Uniting for Peace provides that in the event of a "threat to the peace
or act of aggression," which the Security Council does not counter, the
General Assembly "shall consider the matter immediately." The Assembly
can recommend collective measures, including the use of armed forces, to member
states to "maintain or restore international peace and security."
This action follows a recent call in New Delhi made by women's organizations
from over 35 countries condemning the Bush Administration's war against Iraq
and urging the General Assembly to challenge US aggression. The organizations
also condemn the Bush Administration's attempts to undermine the United Nations,
which have been reported in the Chilean newspaper, La Tercera, and other sources.
According to those reports, the US has issued a warning to the 191 UN member
states, demanding that the General Assembly not convene an emergency session
to address the US attack on Iraq.
In their open letter to the UN General Assembly, the group of organizations
stated, "The bribery and bullying that the Bush Administration calls
diplomacy reflects its brazen contempt for democracy both in the US and abroad.
Bush has claimed that the United Nations would render itself irrelevant if
it did not submit to his demands. But as the decrepit state of the US Democratic
Party reveals, it is those who collude with llegitimate power that render
themselves irrelevant. Meanwhile, the resolve of many UN member states to
stand firm against the US, reinforced by the call to enact Uniting for Peace,
offer hope for a revitalized international system better able to fulfill the
United Nation's founding mission to 'save succeeding generations from the
scourge of war.'"
The groups first issued the call to enact Uniting for Peace on September 12,
2002, when Bush declared, in a speech at the United Nations, his intent to
escalate hostilities against Iraq. Since then, the threat posed by his Administration
to the people of Iraq, and indeed, to the people of the world, has mushroomed.
The world now faces a nuclear-armed religious fundamentalist who, according
to journalists who have interviewed him extensively, believes that he was
placed in the White House by God to carry out a divine mission. With Bush's
doctrine of preventive war justifying an attack against any country that he
claims is a threat to present or future US interests, the world is his target.
The Bush Administration is indeed a grave threat to international peace and
security and must be challenged by a multi-lateral effort aimed at protecting
the principles and practices of international cooperation and the rule of
The organizations made the following declarations to the General Assembly:
* "We therefore reiterate our call on the United Nations General Assembly
to convene an emergency session to enact United Nations resolution 377, Uniting
for Peace to halt the
US-led bombing and protect the human rights of Iraqi civilians.
* "We condemn the Bush Administration's plan to sideline UN relief agencies
and turn Iraq's reconstruction into a bonanza for US-based corporations. We
urge the General
Assembly to address the issue of reconstruction and to guarantee the social
and economic rights of Iraqi women and their families in the reconstruction
* In accordance with Security
Council Resolution 1325, which recognizes that women are disproportionately
impacted by war and calls for women’s involvement in conflict-resolution and
peace-building, we urge that women’s voices and priorities be represented
in resolution and reconstruction efforts.”
(for more information and list of signers:) http://www.madre.org/art_iraq_UnitePeace.html
The destruction and human misery caused by war is not over when the shooting
stops, especially when the ammunition used is radioactive, as this interview
- An Interview with Major
from YES! Magazine - Spring, 2003
Doug Rokke has a PhD in health physics and was originally trained as a forensic
scientist. When the (1991 – ed.) Gulf War started, he was assigned to prepare
soldiers to respond to nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare, and sent
to the Gulf. What he experienced has made him a passionate voice for peace,
traveling the country to speak out. The following interview was conducted
by the director of the Traprock Peace Center, Sunny Miller, supplemented with
questions from YES! editors.
QUESTION: Any viewer who saw the war on television had the impression this
was an easy war, fought from a distance and soldiers coming back relatively
unharmed. Is this an accurate picture?
ROKKE: At the completion of the Gulf War, when we came back to the United
States in the fall of 1991, we had a total casualty count of 760: 294 dead,
a little over 400 wounded or ill. But the casualty rate now for Gulf War veterans
is approximately 30 percent. Of those stationed in the theater, including
after the conflict, 221,000 have been awarded disability, according to a Veterans
Affairs (VA) report issued September 10, 2002. Many of the US casualties died
as a direct result of uranium munitions friendly fire. US forces killed and
wounded US forces. We recommended care for anybody downwind of any uranium
dust, anybody working in and around uranium contamination, and anyone within
a vehicle, structure, or building that's struck with uranium munitions. That's
thousands upon thousands of individuals, but not only US troops. You should
provide medical care not only for the enemy soldiers but for the Iraqi women
and children affected, and clean up all of the contamination in Iraq… For
full article see:
Guns vs Butter in the USA
War involves more than pain, brutality -- and control over land and resources.
It is also about how participating countries’ limited resources will be used—or
abused. The people of the USA are feeling the results of the Bush administration’s
choices. These have been put together in a Green Party US brochure, quoted
below. It can be downloaded in full from their site: http://www.gp.org/articles/gunsnbutter.html
THE "GUNS" REPORT
The proposed 2004 Military Budget is $399.1 billion (a $48 billion increase).
This figure does not include a requested $79 billion for 6 months for the
War on Iraq. A Yale report estimates that an additional $300 billion will
be needed to "secure" Iraq over two years of occupation. By 2035
the estimated cost of "missile defense" program pushed by Bush et
company is $1.2 trillion. Here are the amounts that a sampling of "defense"
contractors raked in.
"Defense" contracts for 2001/2002
Wackenhut $17.3 million
Thales-Raytheon $ 119 million
Rand $ 146 million
Phillip Morris $ 299 million
Rolls Royce $ 611 million
Johns Hopkins $ 729 million
Alliant $ 1.2 billion
Bechtel $ 1.7 billion
TRW $ 3.9 billion
Northrup Grumman $ 13.9 billion
Boeing $ 31 billion
Halliburton unlimited contracts
While the budget is touted
for fighting terrorism, the bulk of the funding goes for buying weapons, manufactured
by corporations like those above. Even worse, V.P. Cheney still makes about
a million dollars a year from Halliburton while holding the office of U.S.
Vice President. All U.S. wars will directly enrich him and that corporation
- THE "BUTTER"
Trillions of dollars in "corporate welfare for "defense" corporations,
but look what is happening to the human services that your tax dollar should
be paying for.
Cuts in Social Services
$61 million cut in child care for poor working families
$172 million cut in funding for health resources including care for HIV and
$286 million cut Environmental Protection Agency
$305 million cut in funding for public housing, energy and security
$340 million cut for Center for Disease Control
$395 million cut for Head Start
$684 million cut in job training for workers and youth
$1.4 trillion proposed by Bush administration for "diversion" of
Social Security to pay for other programs in the next 10 years
The house budget plan requires Congress to cut $265 billion from entitlement
programs over ten years, $165 billion of which would come from programs for
low-income households. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates
that Medicaid will be cut by $92 billion and the State Children's Health Insurance
will be cut by $2 billion from FY 2003 to 2014.
For more information from The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities see:
COMPARING THE HOUSE AND SENATE BUDGETS by Robert Greenstein and Richard Kogan
“The Senate and House budgets
now in conference each would increase deficits by nearly $2 trillion through
2013, with the House budget adding $1.9 trillion to deficits and the Senate
budget adding $1.7 trillion. But the two budgets nevertheless differ
in important ways.” http://www.cbpp.org/3-31-03bud2.htm)
Starve the Pentagon, Feed the People
Yes, there is tax resistance in the US. On Tuesday, April 15, the day taxes
are due, many women will lead and participate in actions coordinated by the
National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee. For more information see:
Women and Life on Earth, Marienstr. 19/20, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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