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To: George Bush and Associates

To: President Bush
Subject: Artists Say Win Without War

Karen Lyden Cox, from: We the People • February 26, 2003

War talk in Washington is alarming and unnecessary. We are patriotic Americans who share the belief that Saddam Hussein cannot be allowed to possess weapons of mass destruction. We support rigorous UN weapons inspections to assure Iraq's effective disarmament. However, a pre-emptive military invasion of Iraq will harm American national interests. Such a war will increase human suffering, arouse animosity toward our country, increase the likelihood of terrorist attacks, damage the economy, and undermine our moral standing in the world. It will make us less, not more, secure. We reject the doctrine -- a reversal of long-held American tradition -- that our country, alone, has the right to launch first-strike attacks. The valid U.S. and UN objective of disarming Saddam Hussein can be achieved through legal diplomatic means. There is no need for war. Let us instead devote our resources to improving the security and well-being of people here at home and around the world. Signed, Artists for Winning Without War...

Along with the views expressed in this petition Artists Say Win Without War, honorable Americans and our fellow people of the Earth are most deeply grieved and enraged that you and your pro-war camp -- Dick Cheney and your Cabinet, domestic and foreign government politicians and lawyers, national leaders such as Tony Blair, Jose Mariá Aznar, Silvio Berlusconi and Abdullah Gul, 'think' tank advisors, and many others -- embody the cabal of evil.

Your representation of us goes only as far as what you can manipulate to suit your miserable ends, your bottom line profit. You are the weapons and nuclear industry, the petroleum industry, the pharmaceutical industry controlling corporate agriculture and gene patents, banking and finance. You are massive world-destroying entities with allies in technology, science and education. You are responsible for cumulative global atrocities in criminal excess of Saddam Hussein's hideous record in Iraq.

More than half of Iraq's surviving people, these terrorists you say we must kill, are under the age of fourteen. Killing children has not deterred you before. It is quite clear to all the world you have no intention of liberating Iraqis in the name of democracy. In the name of democracy you gave them chemical and biological weapons. You empowered the torturer Saddam Hussein al-Majd al-Tikriti. You hope to mutilate his victims again.

What you did not exterminate the last time, you poisoned. You poisoned the land and the people For All Time. You poisoned The Garden. Radioactive toxins. Iraqi women are afraid to give birth now, afraid of what they will find. Babies with no skulls, no brains, no eyes, deformities too horrifying to look upon. If they are born sound, many will die. Sanctions you call them. Torment with the longing for death. Genocide.

Your Desert Storm. Where were you hiding, you warmongers? You took our eager young people and gave them weapons from hell. You fed them lies. You made them monsters. You poisoned them with radioactive killing tools. Do you think we will let you do it again, and again?

We, the People, demand the end to your policies of greed, deceit, death and destruction. We demand the dismantling of all nuclear weapons, the disposal of all depleted reactor fuel toxins and the elimination of all stores of chemical and biological weapons, worldwide, beginning with the United States. Americans do not wish to war with other people, economically or militarily. Americans do not wish to destroy what remains of Gaia, our shared home.

The resounding NO!! that is coming at you from directions you did not know existed is not solely the refusal to acquiesce as you continue to war while cowering behind us. The wrath of our dissent runs deeper. You, your cohorts, and previous governments here have misrepresented our desires. You have violated our will and trust. You make our fellow human beings in other nations loathe us.

We hold you and your associates responsible for the totality including the calculated, illicit and ongoing removal of our constitutional rights, the police brutality against free citizens and guests of our country exercising their rights, the corrupt control of media and opinion, the threatening of peaceful citizens with martial law and the attempt to keep all of us in a distracted, protracted state of terror.

The next time we have a free democratic presidential election in this country, one without illegal tampering, your heinous crimes will be fresh in our minds. We will be keeping the issues of representative democracy of the mass of humanity and the health of all planetary life in the foreground. We will not rely on the political system alone to make significant changes.

You might come to realize far too late what you have purposely chosen to misinterpret. Our unfailing strength to refuse and resist, our dedication to protecting life on the planet and our compassionate will to do what is right and good for all the world are the most noble and enduring attributes of our patriotism.

Karen Lyden Cox


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