To The People of Iraq:
Notes from Our Hearts

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20030214:  From Jeanne E. O'Neill, Stevensville, MT
To:            The People of Iraq
Sent:         Friday, February 14, 2003 12:20 AM
Subject:    To the People of Iraq

To our brothers and sisters,
Please know that we do not wish harm to any of you, and we ask forgiveness from you for what has happened because of our government's policy toward you. We are trying every day to pressure the U.S. government to seek peace and justice, not violence. We speak to the same God with different voices. We are praying for you.
Jeanne E. O'Neill,
Stevensville, MT. USA


20030213:  From John McKendrick, Dallas, TX
To:            The Children of Iraq
Sent:         Thursday, February 13, 2003 10:54 AM
Subject:    To the children of Iraq

I am a teacher in a Catholic school in Dallas, Texas. I am sitting in my
classroom, looking at my children - they are well fed and clothed. I think
of the contrast between them and the photos I see of Iraqi children. When I
talk to them about the US sponsored plans for war, they agree with me that
we, as religious people, have to reject the violence and killing. The
children understand what the adults don't. They are still young enough to
feel sympathy for the children of other countries. They send you their love;
I send you my request for your forgiveness. This Saturday, I will be
marching for peace - I only wish I could do more.

John McKendrick


20030213:  From Diana Lawrence-Brown, USA
To:            The People of Iraq
Sent:         Thursday, February 13, 2003 12:04 AM
Subject:    To the People of Iraq

May God bless you and keep you safe.

May God's will be done the world over.

May He help each one of us to do our part in bringing about His will, in accordance with His undying love for us all.

One God, one world, one people.

God bless you.

Diana Lawrence-Brown


20030211:  From Cindy Hennessy, Buffalo, NY
To:            The People of Iraq
Sent:         Monday, February 03, 2003 7:57 PM
Subject:    The People of Iraq

Some people around the world think that the United States doesn't care--that
we are just a bully. Please know that the actions of our government do not
reflect the thoughts and feelings of all American citizens. People are
people everywhere. We all love, work, dream, and want what's best for our
children. That's why I keep saying prayers to my Higher Power that President
Bush will rethink his plans against Iraq. I know that such actions would be
devastating for people in your country. While our two governments do battle,
the souls of people in both of our countries are in anguish.

Cindy Hennessey
Buffalo, NY


20030203:  From Donna Joss, USA
To:            The People of Iraq
Sent:         Monday, February 03, 2003 7:57 PM
Subject:    My message

To all the people of Iraq,

It is my greatest hope that you will be safe and secure in the days and months
to come. Please know that many hundreds of thousands of Americans and
Europeans are telling their governments that they do not want a war on Iraq.

We are working in the best ways we know to stop our government officials from
carrying out further harmful actions on you. We will continue this struggle
until war on Iraq is prevented or stopped, the sanctions ended and until you
as a population are provided with the resources you need to rebuild your
lives, health and future.

I hope you will see the American people as potential partners with you in
making a safer, healthier planet for your families and for all living beings.
May we all live to see and enjoy a world free from war, a world of peace and
health for all.

With love and solidarity,

Donna McIvor Joss


20030202:  From Eileen Grimaldi, Buffalo, New York, USA
To:         The People of Iraq
Sent:      Sunday, February 02, 2003 5:56 PM
Subject: To the People of Iraq

Dear People of Iraq,

I am heartily sorry for the pain you are suffering. I have heard how the lack of medications and sanitation as a result of sanctions has caused its own form of biological and chemical warfare against you. Now, many, many of us are calling, writing and demonstrating in an effort to stop the military action in your land which seems so imminent. We are trying to get our government to listen.

Dear People, please know that most of the citizens in my country are peace-loving. We trace our lives to ancestors who came here to flee oppression and hardship and have no desire to inflict it on others. We have been taught in schools, churches, mosques and synagogues, and in our homes, to love one another and to do no harm to another. Our common enemy is really greed and the abuse of power which seems to enter into every soul unwilling to fight against it. I believe that enemy is defeated on all fronts, not with military strength, but as a result of constant prayer and good works.

Please know that many of my co-workers, friends, family and I are putting in our best efforts to stop the injustices that abound in our world, which seem to cause people to hate or fear one another. Please know, too, that we pray that we will grow in the ability to address these issues with non-violence and peace.

The older I grow, the more I realize how connected we are to one another. I have heard it said that we are all made of the same "stardust"; we exchange the same air; the same raindrops fall on us all; we are equally loved by our Creator. I do not want you or any other living thing to suffer. Please accept my apology for the suffering you have spent and my sincere prayer and constant effort to help to end it and bring justice and peace to our world.

Eileen Grimaldi

"The virtue of patriotism means that as citizens we respect and honor our country, but our very love and loyalty make us examine carefully and regularly its role in world affairs, asking that it live up to its full potential as an agent of peace with justice for all people."
                                   US Catholic Bishop's Pastoral, The Challenge of Peace (1983)


20030202:  From Joan Malone, Buffalo, New York, USA
To:            The People of Iraq
Sent:         Sunday, February 02, 2003 3:28 PM
Subject:    To the People of Iraq

To my sisters and brothers in Iraq, please know that there are millions
of us in America who are desperately trying to prevent U.S. bombs and
guns from coming into your country.  You and I share the same earth, the
same God who loves us all equally, the same love for our children, the
same need to live in peace.  I am praying and fasting that George Bush
will not do this evil thing.  I pray he comes to understand you have
suffered enough and his war will only add to your suffering.   I pray
for you and your children.  Joan Malone, Buffalo, New York, USA.


20030201:  From Mark Steinberg, Buffalo, New York, USA
To:           The People of Iraq
Sent:        Saturday, February 01, 2003 8:09 PM
Subject:   To the people of Iraq

I want to let the Iraqi people know that I don't want the U.S. to send troops to
your country.  There must be a lot of pain that you feel towards us for the atrocities
we have already created.  I may not know a lot about your culture but I do know that I
don't want to see anyone get hurt.

Mark Steinberg


20030131:  From Bill Wachob, Buffalo, New York, USA
To:           The People of Iraq
Sent:         Saturday, February 01, 2003 11:05 PM
Subject:    Message to the People of Iraq

To the Children, Mothers, Fathers, and Citizens of Iraq,

Bill Marx and others go to you as fellow human beings to convey messages
of peace and goodwill.  They speak on behalf of millions of citizens of
the United States who are praying and marching for peace and for an end
to sanctions and hostilities towards Iraq and its people that have been
imposed and supported by the leaders in the United States.  We also pray
and march for justice and for humane, caring leaders both in the United
States and in Iraq, so that our peoples may live loving, peaceful lives.

We know that all life is interconnected, regardless of what countries we
live in; that all peoples are brothers and sisters; and that we are all
children of the supreme creator of all life and all living things, each
equal in the sight of God.

I hold a vision of love in my heart and mind for the people of Iraq in
these times of war and threat of war, and will strive here in the United
States for more caring, just, and peaceful policies.

May God be with and comfort you in these times and always,



20030131:  From Ted Phelps, Valatie, New York, USA
To:            The People of Iraq
Sent:         Friday, January 31, 2003 12:33 PM
Subject:    To the People of Iraq

Hello. Peace be with you. We live near farms with cows and horses and I work in
a city. I am 54 years old. Wherever I have lived it has been peaceful all these
years. We hear news about people being robbed and murdered, but very few of the
people I know have had that kind of sorrow hit their families. Most Americans
are peaceful and would never physically hurt another person. Americans would
not sleep tonight if they understood what you are experiencing. War is coming
over you like a thunder cloud. I don't know anyone who wants you to be hurt,
but we all are responsible in America for the governments we elect, and our
government is purposely choosing to bring this cloud of destruction into your
lives. It is so hard to stop a man who has the heat of war in his blood. I am
crying in my heart for all of this.

The best of the American way is to work for peace, as empty as that might sound
to you. Yet, I dare to say it is even true for the mothers and fathers who
voted for Mr. Bush who now have sons and daughters with guns on their backs
practicing in the desert outside your borders. Deep in our hearts, we do
believe that this is not God's way. It is not the way of great Americans
throughout history. A few of our best people, like Bill Marx, have the courage
to put the love of peace ahead of their fears and go to you say it in person.
Please look in his eyes and feel my love for you.

Ted Phelps

Main Street
Valatie, New York, USA



20030131:  From James O'Connor Whitlock, Buffalo, NY: while considering the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children from sanctions alone and wondering what could ever possibly justify such horrendous losses.  Not in my name.  Not now.  Not for an instant.  Not ever again.  Not in my Name.
To:           The People of Iraq
Sent:        Friday, January 31, 2003 1:07 AM
Subject:   All I Can Do or Say Now

To The People of Iraq,

I cannot ever begin to make up for or to atone for the
losses you have suffered from my Nation's behavior,
in my name, while I looked the other way. I can and do,
however, commit to raise my voice in opposition and to
invest my greatest energies and heartfelt love in efforts
to inspire others to find their own voices and work with
me; and to continue to do so with all the strength and
courage I can find within me, until we start to redirect
our Nation's heart and actions to caring and loving ends
for all. Before my God, who loves us all and inspires my
own for you, you have my word on this. 

With all the love in my heart,


James O'Connor Whitlock
Bitsy's Dad
Buffalo, NY 14214

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                 James O'Connor Whitlock
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