We are veterans of the United States armed forces. We stand with
the majority of humanity, including millions in our own country, in opposition
to the United States' all out war on Iraq. We span many wars and eras, have
many political views and we all agree that this war is wrong. Many of us
believed serving in the military was our duty, and our job was to defend
this country. Our experiences in the military caused us to question much
of what we were taught. Now we see our REAL duty is to encourage you as
members of the U.S. armed forces to find out what you are being sent to
fight and die for and what the consequences of your actions will be for
humanity. We call upon you, the active duty and reservists, to follow your
conscience and do the right thing.
In the last Gulf War, as troops, we were ordered to murder from a safe distance.
We destroyed much of Iraq from the air, killing hundreds of thousands, including
civilians. We remember the road to Basra -- the Highway of Death -- where
we were ordered to kill fleeing Iraqis. We bulldozed trenches, burying people
alive. The use of depleted uranium weapons left the battlefields radioactive.
Massive use of pesticides, experimental drugs, burning chemical weapons
depots and oil fires combined to create a toxic cocktail affecting both
the Iraqi people and Gulf War veterans today. One in four Gulf War veterans
During the Vietnam War we were ordered to destroy Vietnam
from the air and on the ground. At My Lai we massacred over 500 women, children
and old men. This was not an aberration, it's how we fought the war. We
used Agent Orange on the enemy and then experienced first hand its effects.
We know what Post Traumatic Stress Disorder looks, feels and tastes like
because the ghosts of over two million men, women and children still haunt
our dreams. More of us took our own lives after returning home than died
If you choose to participate in the invasion of Iraq you will
be part of an occupying army. Do you know what it is like to look into the
eyes of a people that hate you to your core? You should think about what
your "mission" really is. You are being sent to invade and occupy
a people who, like you and me, are only trying to live their lives and raise
their kids. They pose no threat to the United States even though they have
a brutal dictator as their leader. Who is the U.S. to tell the Iraqi people
how to run their country when many in the U.S. don't even believe their
own President was legally elected?
Saddam is being vilified for gassing his own people and trying
to develop weapons of mass destruction. However, when Saddam committed his
worst crimes the U.S. was supporting him. This support included providing
the means to produce chemical and biological weapons. Contrast this with
the horrendous results of the U.S. led economic sanctions. More than a million
Iraqis, mainly children and infants, have died because of these sanctions.
After having destroyed the entire infrastructure of their country including
hospitals, electricity generators, and water treatment plants, the U.S.
then, with the sanctions, stopped the import of goods, medicines, parts,
and chemicals necessary to restore even the most basic necessities of life.
There is no honor in murder. This war is murder by another
name. When, in an unjust war, an errant bomb dropped kills a mother and
her child it is not "collateral damage," it is murder. When, in
an unjust war, a child dies of dysentery because a bomb damaged a sewage
treatment plant, it is not "destroying enemy infrastructure,"
it is murder. When, in an unjust war, a father dies of a heart attack because
a bomb disrupted the phone lines so he could not call an ambulance, it is
not "neutralizing command and control facilities," it is murder.
When, in an unjust war, a thousand poor farmer conscripts die in a trench
defending a town they have lived in their whole lives, it is not victory,
it is murder.
There will be veterans leading protests against this war on
Iraq and your participation in it. During the Vietnam War thousands in Vietnam
and in the U.S. refused to follow orders. Many resisted and rebelled. Many
became conscientious objectors and others went to prison rather than bear
arms against the so-called enemy. During the last Gulf War many GIs resisted
in various ways and for many different reasons. Many of us came out of these
wars and joined with the anti-war movement.
If the people of the world are ever to be free, there must
come a time when being a citizen of the world takes precedence over being
the soldier of a nation. Now is that time. When orders come to ship out,
your response will profoundly impact the lives of millions of people in
the Middle East and here at home. Your response will help set the course
of our future. You will have choices all along the way. Your commanders
want you to obey. We urge you to think. We urge you to make your choices
based on your conscience. If you choose to resist, we will support you and
stand with you because we have come to understand that our REAL duty is
to the people of the world and to our
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