Saturday, December 17, 2005

IRAQ URGENT ACTION: Contact President Bush before his speech regarding situation in Iraq

Dear friends,

Please read this urgent action from CPT regarding President Bush's speech tomorrow night (Sunday) on Iraq.  Should you choose to call or e-mail, please speak from your own deep values & faith.  If you are Christian, I suggest that you identify yourself that way.

Peace & fiery spirit be in your hearts,

Matt Guynn
On Earth Peace


17 December 2005

IRAQ URGENT ACTION: Contact President Bush before his speech regarding
situation in Iraq

Background: President Bush will be making a rare address from the Oval
Office this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to address the nation
about how the U.S. war effort should proceed in Iraq.

Based on CPT's on-the-ground work in Iraq, the Iraq team would like the
President to know what team members have observed and the appropriate steps
they and the CPT constituency think he should take toward ending violence
and human rights abuses in Iraq.

The Iraq team has  observed the following with respect to the presence of
U.S. and Multinational Forces in Iraq:

·        Loss of faith and trust in the United States government by both
Iraqis and Americans

·        Absence of security

·        Iraqi and American injuries and deaths

·        Lack of basic services

·        Limited reconstruction

·        Continued bombing of civilians

·        Kidnapping, torture and extrajudicial deaths

·        Continued illegal detentions

·        Continued mass arrests, house raids and theft of personal

·        Alienation of Iraqi people and of the Muslim world

·        Growing number of people in the international community who
perceive the United States as the enemy because of our policies and actions
in Iraq

Please e-mail President George W. Bush at and Vice
President Richard Cheney at

Please copy your members of congress by going to and entering your zip code.

For those of you outside the U.S., please e-mail your U.S. embassy

The following is a sample of text you might use:

"Based on reports from Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq, I know that you
have failed in your stated goals of bringing peace and true democracy to
Iraq.  In light of your upcoming speech Sunday, December 18, I make the
following recommendations:

1.    Clearly state your intention to withdraw all U.S. troops and military
bases promptly

2.     Recognize the human rights of all people of Iraq by

·        Withdrawing U.S. troops from urban areas immediately

·        Stopping U.S. bombing

·        Providing sufficient funds to the Iraqi people to rebuild basic

·       Ending illegal detentions and torture in U.S. detention facilities
both in Iraq and in locations outside Iraq

·        Ensuring a fair and speedy judicial process for detainees held in
U.S. facilities

·        Using diplomatic means to pressure the Iraqi government to take
corresponding actions regarding detainees held in Iraqi detention facilities

·        Using diplomatic means to pressure the Iraqi Ministry of Interior
to end the use of government sponsored commando units and extrajudicial


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