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Dear Colleagues, In a few hours, I'll be delivering the following speech as close to the White House as the police and the military will permit. Ran into two the of the latter in full camouflage outfits near the White House this afternoon-- reminded me of visiting Budapest during the Russian occupation... On the question of targeting water treatment facilities, may I direct you to the section beginning with Q2. The DOD documents cited indicate that the U.S. obliterated the electrical system of Iraq as a matter of doctrine and further acknowledge that the result was the rendering useless (to use the language of Protocol l) of the water system which in turn led to epidemics and c. 100,000 deaths in the short term together with a doubling of the infant mortality rate. No, DOD does not admit (at least in the declassified documents available) that it bombed the water treatment system directly. Rather the U.S. government *merely* rendered the water systems useless, an action specifically prohibited in Protocol Additional 1, Article 54, par. 2 of the Geneva Convention. Tom Nagy GWU Washington, D.C. Code Pink 4 Change Vigil Lafayette Park-White House Washington, DC January 27, 2003 JUST DON'T SAY YOU DIDN'T KNOW Alternatives to Endangering Our Children by Escalating the War against Iraq* Thomas J. Nagy**, Ph.D. George Washington University School of Business & Public Management Washington, D.C email@example.com home.gwu.edu/~nagy Assumption: Time Desperately Short to Avert Endangering Our Children by Killing More Iraqi Children AKA Collateral Damage. Q 0: Isn't SH an evil dictator? Ans. The peace movement never supported arming SH or arming anyone. SH's funds and anthrax, etc. came largely from the U.S. Government Ask SH's former buddy, Sec. of Defense Rumsfeld. Q 1: What is the official definition of Terrorism anyway? Ans.: DOD, Field Manual 100-20, Ch. 3, p. 1: "The DOD defines terrorism as the unlawful use of-or threatened use of force or violence against individuals or property to coerce or intimidate governments or societies, often to achieve political, religious or ideological objectives". Q 2 Will the US Government Resort to Terrorism if it Escalates the War against Iraq? Will US bombs turn huge numbers of Iraqi kids into "collateral damage? Ans. The U.S. Government revealed the true answer to that one-read it yourself on the Internet. Weep for Iraqi children as well as for our children and children everywhere. In the official, approved "Strategic Attack Doctrine 2-1.2, dated 1998, signed by the head of AF Doctrine, Major General Keys, the U.S. Government describes its actions in Desert Storm I. These actions appear under the heading, "Elements of Effective Operations". So it also predicts what will happen if there's a Desert Storm II. p. 26 "The electrical attacks proved extremely effective…The loss of electricity shut down the capital's water treatment plants and led to a public health crisis from saw sewage dumped in the Tigris River…In the following week, Tomahawk land attack missiles and coalition aircraft reduced every major city in Iraq to the same unhappy situation." Notice: This official doctrine constitutes terrorism by the DOD's own definition. It also directly violates Protocol Additional 1, Article 54, par. 2 of the Geneva Convention "It is prohibited to attack, destroy or render useless …whatever the motive." Q3 How bad was the "unhappy situation of every major city in Iraq that resulted from the U.S. led bombings? Ans. The May 2001 Contributor's Corner of the U.S. Air Force's Air and Space Power Chronicles at p1, par. 2 says: "A key example of such dual-use targeting was the destruction of Iraqi electrical power facilities in Desert Storm…destruction of these facilities shut down water purification and sewage plants. As a result, epidemics of gastroenteritis, cholera, and typhoid broke out, lead to perhaps as many as 100,000 civilian deaths and a doubling of the infant mortality rate." Q4 What alternatives won't endanger our kids, their kids, our military people, their military people? Ans. Supporting Americans and others who voluntarily go to Iraq to protect with their bodies "objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population such as …drinking water installations and supplies," would certainly decrease the probability of war. Q5 Has anyone done that? Is anyone doing it now? Ans. In September/October of last year, I did along with others in support of "The Iraq Peace Team" and "Generations for Peace". Look at BBC, a former US Marine is leading several busloads of volunteers to Iraq now. Q6 Is this idea inspired or absurd? Can it possibly work? Ans. Yes, it was tried during the U.S. sponsored Contra war where our puppet army killed health and education workers in Nicaragua - soft targets as the US government called them. BUT Not even one health or education worker was attacked by the Contra terrorists if there was even a single international observer present. See Nagler, M. Is There No Other Way? The Search for a Nonviolent Future, Berkeley Hills Books, 2001. For an excellent review go to www.commondreams.org/views02/0309-01.htm Generations for Peace http://www.prairienet.org/cpt/ and www.prairienet.org/cpt/archives/2002/aug02/0007.html Iraq Peace Team www.iraqpeaceteam.org/ References (Please read them yourself to see if you agree with my conclusions.) 1) http://www.au.af.mil/au/database/projects/ay2000/acsc/00-205.pdf Gingras, J.L. & Ruby T.Z., "Morality in Modern Aerial Warfare," Maxwell Air Force Base Air and Staff College, Air University, April 2000. See pp. 14, 25, 34, 2) http://www.maxwell.af.mil/au/aul/aupress/SAAS_Theses/Griffith/griffith.pdf Griffith, T. E. "Strategic Attack of National Electrical Systems," Maxwell Air Force Base, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, October 1994. See p11*, 16, 3) www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/cc/Rizer.html Rizer, "Bombing Duel Use Targets: Legal, Ethical & Doctrinal Perspectives." Air & Space Power Chronicles, May 2001. 4) http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/jel/service_pubs/afd2_1_2.pdf Strategic Attack: Air Force Doctrine Document 2-1.2, 20 May 1998, pp. 25, 26. *This speech will soon be at home.gwu.edu/~nagy so you can click on the links. **Member, The Tikkun Community and the International Association of Genocide Scholars Speaker on Panel on sanctions against Iraq as grave violation of Geneva Convention or genocide at DOD's Joint Services Committee on Professional Ethics, 2001. Parent, pacifist, and professor, former postdoctoral fellow in public health, Johns Hopkins University, ex-refugee/displaced person tim buckley wrote: > Dr Leon Eisenberg of Harvard Medical School noted that the destruction of > the country's power plants in 1991 'brought its entire system of water > purification and distribution to a halt, leading to epidemics of cholera, > typhoid fever and gastroenteritis, particualrly among children.' _______________________________________________ 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