Emergency Protest Actions to Stop the War Against Iraq!

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Internationally Coordinated Week of Emergency Protest Actions Monday, September 27 - Saturday, October 2, 1999 to demand:

Stop the War Against Iraq!
Stop the Bombings-Lift Sanctions Now!
Stand Up Against Genocide!

The International Action Center is calling on all its affiliate chapters and member organizations and all other anti-war and anti-sanctions organizations to initiate demonstrations, rallies, vigils and teach-ins during the week of September 27-October 2, 1999, to protest the apparently imminent escalation of the bombing war against Iraq and to demand the immediate lifting of economic sanctions that have killed more than 1.5 million Iraqis since their imposition in August 1990.

The French Press Agency (AFP) and other media sources have issued reports that the recent heavy US/British bombing of Iraq is a prelude to a vast escalation of a new bombing campaign. These media sources report that the US and British governments will attempt to issue new ultimatums to Iraq regarding the acceptance of a new weapons inspection regime to take the place of the thoroughly discredited UNSCOM. These media sources indicate that this campaign will be launched after the mid-September meeting of the UN Security Council.

The United States government has carried out more than 10,000 combat or combat support sorties since the conclusion of the so-called Operation Desert Fox Operation between December 16-19, 1998. The U.S. is also stepping up its CIA-run destabilization campaign coupled, of course, with the ongoing genocidal sanctions against the Iraqi people.

The U.S. goal is to overthrow the Iraqi government (the new official lingo is ‘regime change’) and replace it with a U.S. puppet regime in this oil-rich region. Let us never forget that this was precisely what the U.S./CIA operations accomplished in the overthrow of Mossadegh in Iran in 1953; against the Arbenz government in Guatemala in 1954; and against the Allende government in Chile in 1973. No one should be under any illusion. All historical evidence indicates that when U.S. imperialism targets governments for overthrow it is not to replace them with more humanistic, more democratic regimes. The Shah in Iran, the military dictatorship in Guatemala, and Pinochet in Chile—they all slaughtered hundreds of thousands. But they also returned nationalized oil fields, fruit plantations and copper mines to their former Wall Street overlords. This is what made them invaluable "allies" for successive administrations in the White House.

We demand that the multi-faceted war against the people of Iraq be ended. No bombing! Lift the sanctions! Self-determination for the Iraqi people! Please join in the international effort to organize emergency actions between Monday, September 27 and Saturday, October 2, 1999.

Brian Becker & Sara Flounders
Co-Directors of the International Action Center

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