Greens defend Cindy Sheehan vigil, call war proponents - expected Saturday - ‘vicious attack dogs set loose by radical right'
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GREENS BLAST TROOP ESCALATIONS AND DELAYED EXIT
PLANS, CALL FOR IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ
Greens announce an online petition against the
war, criticize Democratic Party support for
Bush's Iraq policy.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders sharply
criticized plans announced by the Pentagon to
increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, and
reiterated the party's call to begin withdrawing
occupational forces from Iraq immediately.
"We agree with Cindy Sheehan -- the only
legitimate way to support our troops is to get
them out of Iraq right now," said Andrea Garland,
Louisiana Green who joined Ms. Sheehan at her
Camp Casey protest vigil in Crawford, Texas.
"This will be the demand of Greens participating
in the September 24 rallies in Washington, D.C.
against the occupation."
The Green Party's Peace Action Committee (GPAX)
announced an online petition urging the White
House to end the occupation and supporting the
Camp Casey vigil, at
GPAX recently issued a statement in support of
which national Green Party co-chair Rebecca
Rotzler presented to Ms. Sheehan.
Greens especially condemned statements from
Democratic leaders supporting increased
deployment, including Senators Hillary Clinton
(N.Y.), Joe Biden (Del.) and John Kerry (Mass.).
Greens also rejected the position of Sen. Russell
Feingold (D-Wis.), MoveOn.org, and others who
favor a delayed withdrawal, including Sen.
Feingold's call for removal of U.S. troops by
"Greens do not demand that President Bush
announce a plan to withdraw troops. We demand
that the President issue an order to begin
withdrawal now," said Sarah "echo" Steiner,
sister of an Iraq War Veteran, co-chair of the
Green Party of Florida, and GPAX member.
"Another year of occupation will mean hundreds,
perhaps thousands more U.S. troops dead and
maimed; and tens of thousands more dead Iraqi
Green Party leaders have called the Iraq invasion
and occupation a catastrophe, noting that:
? Between 25,000 and 100,000 Iraqi civilians have
been killed in the war; the number of U.S. troops
killed is approaching 2,000.
? The Bush Administration now admits that secular
democracy is unlikely in Iraq; possible civil
war, further breakdown of vital infrastructure,
and establishment a repressive, misogynistic
Islamic theocracy threaten the Iraqi people.
? Bush Administration officials, including the
President, have not been held accountable for the
litany of deceptive justifications for the
invasion: nonexistent WMDs; forged evidence of
nuclear weapons; fraudulent claims of conspiracy
between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein and Iraqi
involvement with the 9/11 attacks.
? Shocking revelations of torture at Abu Ghraib
mirror the White House's own efforts to
circumvent international and constitutional
prohibitions against torture in Guantanamo Bay
? Terrorist attacks have increased in countries
allied with the U.S. (most recently Britain, in
July), as predicted by opponents of the war
before the 2003 invasion. Vice President Cheney
continues to call Iraq a "critical front in the
war on terror"; Greens, in agreement with recent
CIA and other intelligence studies, assert that
the occupation itself has motivated further
attacks on the West and violence within Iraq, and
threatens U.S. security and international
? The costs of the occupation are causing social
needs in the U.S. to go unmet; while President
Bush preaches sacrifice -- presumably for
families who have lost children, parents, and
spouses in the war, and for soldiers given
insufficient armor and other equipment;
meanwhile, he has granted tax cuts for the
wealthy and indulged Halliburton and other
favored firms multibillion-dollar contracts
allowing them to profit from the war.
? The war itself is a crime, violating
international covenants signed by the U.S.
against invasion of a nation on 'preventive'
grounds; Hitler used preventive justifications
(also fraudulent) for the German invasion of
Czechoslovakia and Poland in 1939.
"These charges are not Green opinion. They are
statements of fact. They're the reason why the
Green Party has called for Mr. Bush's
impeachment," said Tom Siracuse of the West Side
(Manhattan) Greens and Veterans For Peace, both
of which are represented at the Camp Casey vigil.
GPAX is urging Americans outraged by the Iraq
venture to sign on to the Veterans For Peace
petition for impeachment
which is also linked at the GPAX web page
Green Party of the United States
1700 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 404
Washington, DC 20009.
September 24 protests against the war; related
events in Washington, D.C.
United For Peace & Justice
Operation Ceasefire http://www.opceasefire.org
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This just in from Ann Wilcox. For those of you who will be in the DC area the Friday before Sept 24th.
In response to the leadership and visibility of the
anti-war movement sparked by Cindy Sheehan and her
supporters, the right wing has started to strike back
- in an attempt to smear our efforts. An article
appears in today's CNSNews.com, (Cybercast News
service), written by Marc Morano, on the Walter Reed
Army Hospital vigil, which has been held every Friday
since late March. Additional reports are appearing in
other right-wing web-sites, and some CodePink
activists have received "hate" phone calls (I have!).
Our vigils are peaceful, and emphasize our support and
empathy for the large numbers of wounded - and the
importance of recognizing their rehabilitation as part
of the "cost of war." The vigil is sponsored by Code
Pink as well as Veterans for Peace and other allied
For about 6 weeks, "anti's" (about 15-20 Free Republic
folks) have also appeared across the street at WR on
Fridays - sporting flags and large signs denouncing
Code Pink and supporting the war effort. we need to
maintain our presence - now more than ever. Join us!
We plan a large vigil on Friday, sept. 23, at the
beginning of the weekend of anti-war activities in DC.
For more information see Codepinkalert.org, or
contact Ann Wilcox 202-441-3265 or Gael Murphy.
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