|these messages reprinted today by
VOICES FOR PEACE
‘Stop the bombing of Iraq and Yugoslavia!
End the sanctions against Iraq!
Let Iraq LIVE!’
La Crosse post office, April 5 1999
Since our last vigil a week ago, probably another 1,500 Iraqi children
have died at our hands, due to economic ‘sanctions’.
CALL YOUR GOVERNMENT, FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND TELL THEM
Perspective: One is Too Many, But…
The harsh economic sanctions imposed on Iraqi civilians for the past seven years are now resulting in 4,500 deaths of children each month, according to U.N. studies. Secretary General Kofi Annan reports that one-third of Iraqi children are malnourished. Hundreds of thousands of children under the age of 5 have now died since the ‘end’ of the Gulf war in 1991.
Our policy in Iraq is guilty of violating the gospel warning against “seeing the speck in your neighbor’s eye, and ignoring the log in your own eye.” If the United States wants to gain some real moral authority in calling Iraq to task for its weapons of mass destruction, we could begin by dealing with our own. How can we avoid the charge of hypocrisy and double-standards as long as we refuse to allow any moral scrutiny of our weapons of mass destruction?
More bombing just worsens the problems caused by lack of clean water, sanitation, food, and medicines. Do we honestly believe that raining bombs on the heads of already beleaguered people will turn them against their dictator and towards those doing the bombing?
-Jim Wallis, editor, Sojourners Magazine