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[casi-analysis] letter from Fallujah

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Attached is a letter from friends in Fallujah calling for help to end
the bombardment and prevent the threatened assault. The text is copied
below for those who doin't get the attachment.

His Excellency Mr. Kofi Annan
Secretary General of the United Nations
New York

Fallujah 14 October 2004

Your Excellency

It is very obvious that the American forces are committing crimes of
genocide every day in Iraq. Now, while we are writing to Your
Excellency, the American forces are committing these crimes in the city
of Fallujah. The American warplanes are dropping their most powerful
bombs on the civilian in the city, killing and injured hundreds of
innocent people. At the same time their tanks are attacking the city
with heavy artillery. As you know, there is no military presence in the
city. There had been no actions taken by the Fallujah resistance in
recent weeks because the negotiations between representatives of the
city and the Government which were going well. In this atmosphere, the
new bombardment by America has happened while the people of Fallujah
have been preparing themselves for the fast of Ramadan. Now many of them
are now trapped under the wreckage of their demolished houses, and
nobody can help them while the attack continues.

On the night of the 13th October alone American bombardment demolished
50 houses on top of their residents. Is this a genocidal crime or a
lesson about the American democracy? It is obvious that the Americans
are committing acts of terror against the people of Fallujah for one
reason only: their refusal to accept the Occupation.

Your Excellency and the whole world know that the Americans and their
allies devastated our country under the pretext of the threat of WMD.
Now, after all the destruction and the killing of thousand civilians,
they have admitted that there no weapons were found. But they have said
nothing about all the crimes they committed. Unfortunately everybody is
now silent, and will not even dignify the murdered Iraqi civilians with
words of condemnation. Are the Americans going to pay compensation as
Iraq has been forced to do after the Gulf war?

We know that we are living in world of double standards. In Fallujah,
they have created a new vague target,: AL ZARQAWI. This is a new pretext
to justify their crimes, killing and daily bombardment of civilians.
Almost a year has elapsed since they created this new pretext, and
whenever they destroy houses, mosques, restaurants, and kill children
and women they said "we have launched a successful operation against
Al-Zarqawi." They will never say that they have killed him, because
there is no such a person. And that means the killing of civilian and
the daily genocide will continue.

The people of Fallujah assure you that this person, if he exists, is not
in Fallujah and is probably not anywhere in Iraq. The people of Fallujah
have announced many times that any person who sees Al-Zarqawi should
kill him. Now everybody realises that this man is just a hypothetical
hero created by the Americans. At the same time the representative of
Fallujah, our tribal leader, has denounced on many occasions the
kidnapping and killing of civilians, and we have no links to any groups
committing such inhuman behaviour.

Excellency, we appeal to you, and to all world leaders to exert the
greatest pressure on the American administration to stop their crimes in
Fallujah and withdraw their army far away from the city. The city was
very quiet and peaceful when its people ran it. We didn't witness any
disorder in the city. The civil administration was going well given its
limited recourses. We simply didn't welcome the occupation forces. This
is our right according to the UN Charter, international law and the
norms of humanity. If the Americans believe in the opposite, they should
first from the UN and all its agencies before acting in a way contrary
to the Charter they signed.

It is very urgent that your Excellency, along with the world leaders,
intervenes in a speedy manner to prevent a new massacre.

We have tried to reach your representatives in Iraq, so as to ask them
to be more active in this regard, but as you know they are living in the
Green Zone where we cannot contact them. We want the UN to be involved
in the situation in Fallujah so as to avoid a new massacre.

We have tried to reach you through different channels and by asking our
friends to convey this letter to your office in New York or Geneva with
the hope that it will reach you. At the same time we appeal to you to
urge the UN agencies in Iraq to take an active role in protecting
civilians and preventing the new massacre which the Americans and the
puppet government are planning to start soon in Fallujah as well as many
part of our country.

Best regards.

Kassim Abdullsattar al-Jumaily
The Study Center of Human Rights & Democracy

On behalf of the people of Fallujah and for:
Al-Fallujah Shura Council
The Bar Association
The Teacher Union
Council of  Tribes Leaders
The House of Fatwa and Religious Education

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