These messages reprinted by VOICES FOR PEACE/
LaCrosse Coalition Against the Wars

'Stop the bombings and sanctions against Iraq!
Lift the sanctions against Iraq now!  Let them LIVE!’

La Crosse post office, July 19 1999

DID YOU KNOW THAT 5000 CHILDREN a MONTH DIE IN IRAQ
BECAUSE OF OUR ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST THEM??

CALL YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY and GOVERNMENT and TELL THEM
THIS MUST STOP!

Sunday, July 18 1999: U.S. AIR RAID ON IRAQ kills 17, wounds another 17
-Iraq says that most of the victims were women, children, and elderly people.
They report that many homes were destroyed in the raid.


-from BACK TO THAT OTHER WAR,
by Michael Allen, July 18 99:

Sweet victory has supposedly come to the NATO forces which are now going to the ground in Serbia to enforce the peace agreement reached this month. The leaders of NATO and its driving force, the United States, are trumpeting the new deal that is being assembled in Kosovo. Some victory it is: Milosevic isn’t out of office, the Kosovar Liberation Army isn’t disarming, and the Serbs are going to be denied the bounty of foreign aid being heaped on the ethnic Albanians.

The only good thing one sees in the “peace agreement” is a temporary halt to the bombings of Serbia that have left the nation in turmoil. The halt is labeled temporary because there is no certainty that NATO is done with its war on the Serbian people. As long as Milosevic is in office, there is a perpetual excuse for more military action - regardless of the blatant immorality of bombing power plants, bridges, and neighborhoods.

At the least, Serbs can enjoy a few weeks of freedom from bombs and NATO aggression.

That’s more than the Iraqi people can do.

WHAT? ARE THEY STILL BOMBING IRAQ?

Of course, though mainstream media outlets have been silent about it since intervention in Yugoslavia started.

…The embargo is not as directly deadly as a campaign of air strikes, but in the long run has inflicted more damage on Iraq than the military actions undertaken there in the last ten years.

Before the Gulf War, 70% of all food in Iraq had been imported. Under the embargo, the food supply has diminished to the point where no one expects full meals anymore. Thirty per cent of children in Iraq suffer from severe malnutrition.

(Voices notes: the U.N. estimates that 6,000 die a month in Iraq due to the economic sanctions, mostly children; they estimate that 1.7 million Iraqis have died since the Gulf War, as a direct result of the sanctions.)

…Military and government aggression have devastated the nation of Iraq. To end the wars on Iraq, both economic and official, brave people are needed to help the people. The UN has demonstrated that government is not even part of the solution to the suffering there. NATO has discredited itself as a humanitarian force. Let free people now come to the aid of the distressed people of the world.

The war in Serbia is not over yet (in fact the worst could lie ahead), but do not forget that other war being waged on a sovereign state and its innocent people.

Congressman Ron Kind
House of Representatives
Washington DC 20515
local phone:  782-2558
email:
ron_kind@mail.house.gov
Senator Russ Feingold
United States Senate
Washington DC 20510
local phone: 782-5585
email:
senator@feingold.senate.gov
Senator Herb Kohl
United States Senate
Washington DC 20510

email:
senator_kohl@kohl.senate.gov