MoveOn UN Petition of 20030304

To be delivered March 6th, 2003

Last updated 20030201 by jow



TO: The Members of the U.N. Security Council
SUBJECT: Tough Inspections, Not War

Dear Member of the U.N. Security Council,

We are citizens from countries all over the world. We are speaking together because we will all be affected by a decision in which your country has a major part -- the decision of how to disarm Iraq.

The first reason for its existence listed in the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations is "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind." If your country supports a Security Council resolution that would authorize a war on Iraq, you will directly contradict that charter. You will be supporting an unnecessary war -- a war which immediately, and in its unknown consequences, could bring "untold sorrow to mankind" once again.

The U.N. was created to enable peaceful alternatives to conflict. The weapons inspections under way are a perfect example of just such an alternative, and their growing success is a testament to the potential power the U.N. holds. By supporting tough inspections instead of war, you can show the world a real way to resolve conflict without bloodshed. But if you back a war, it will undermine the very premise upon which the U.N. was built.

President Bush argues that only by endorsing a war on Iraq can the United Nations prove its relevance. We argue the opposite. If the Security Council allows itself to be completely swayed by one member nation, in the face of viable alternatives, common sense and world public opinion, then it will be diminished in its role, effectiveness, and in the opinion of humankind.

We do not support this war. For billions of citizens in hundreds of countries, and for the future generations whose lives will be shaped by the choice you make, we ask that you stand firm against the pressuring of the Bush Administration, and support tough inspections for Iraq. The eyes of the world are on you.

[Number] citizens of the world.


Personal comments added to my own signature:

The world is now getting the impression that UN votes and decisions can be bought and sold. I urge you to stand resolutely by your principles, on behalf of the citizens of the world you represent.  And to show us all that the UN can and will remain a source of inspiration, hope and integrity for people who only want a safe and healthy world for their children. As a global decision making body, you've already demonstrated that you can effectively speak for us. Now, please, show us that you can resist the temptation to allow greed to trump moral conviction.  Stand by your charter to avoid the untold sorrow and scourge of war; stand with us, for us and by us -- your larger global constituency -- as we all seek non-violent means to resolve the conflicts of our time.

James O. Whitlock
21 Crescent Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214  USA


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