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Do Not sign "nuclear disarmament" Petition One of our supporters sent us notice of an "urgent call to end nuclear weapons" initiated by David Cortright, Randy Forsberg, and Jonathan Schell. This "disarmament" petition calls for UN weapons inspection on Iraq. The fourth point of the petition calls on the United States to: Strengthen nonproliferation efforts by ratifying the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, finalizing a missile ban in North Korea, supporting UN inspections in Iraq, locating all fissile material worldwide, and negotiating a global ban on fissile-material production. http://www.urgentcall.org/php/petition.php For those unfamiliar with the legacy of UN weapons inspectors in Iraq, it is worth remembering a few facts. Prior to their exit in 1998, UN weapons inspections were thoroughly discredited by revelations of spying for Iraq's military opponent, the US. Under the cloak of UN legitimacy these teams provided top secret Iraqi military intelligence not to the United Nations, but to the United States. They provided targeting information for the US bombing attacks on Iraq. For years the Clinton administration justified major US bombing attacks on Iraq because of its alleged failure to cooperate with the demands of these UN weapons inspection teams. And now the current US administration is threatening a full-scale invasion of Iraq because it is not cooperating with UN weapons inspection. Demanding weapons inspection and Iraq's disarmament in the face of the ongoing US and British bombings (there were four bombing attacks against Iraq last month) does not challenge, but contributes to, the prevalent war hysteria in the US against Iraq. Kitty Bryant Bob Allen, Campaign to End the Sanctions Philadelphia PA _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk