MARCH 11, 2003
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Common Cause Takes Stand Against War With
Iraq At This Time
- March 11 - "Common Cause is concerned about the precedent of
the United States declaring that it can act unilaterally in a
pre-emptive war," said Derek Bok, chairman of Common Cause's national
governing board. "We fear such an action will weaken international
law and make the world less safe as other nations see pre-emptive
war as an accepted means of dealing with potential threats to
national governing board on Saturday approved the following resolution:
war is an extremely hazardous step that should be undertaken only
under grave and immediate threat to the United States or its allies
or when the use of force is supported by a very broad coalition
of nations and every reasonable means of resolving the crisis
peacefully has been exhausted. Because these conditions have not
been fully met, the National Governing Board of Common Cause is
opposed to a decision at this time by the United States to initiate
a war against Iraq.
first voiced concern about war with Iraq last October. The organization
took out two full-page advertisements in the New York Times and
aired a series of radio ads urging Congress to more fully debate
a resolution giving President Bush the authority to commit U.S.
troops in Iraq. Those ads resulted in more than 17,600 citizen
calls and faxes to Members of Congress.
takes seriously its historic role as the "people's lobby." In
addition to the response from the ads, Common Cause heard from
a number of its state organizations, which requested the national
governing board to formally oppose war with Iraq at this time.
reflects the views of thousands of our members," Bok said. "We
hope it will give them a voice in this global debate."
is also sending a letter to Congress, expressing its opposition
to war with Iraq at this time.
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