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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 11, 2003
3:03 PM
CONTACT: TrueMajority.org
Aaron Toso or Jason Salzman, 303-292-1524
Iraq War 'Not Necessary at This Time,' Says Sen. Byrd in New York Times Ad;
Byrd Calls on Colleagues to End 'Silence' on War
 
WASHINGTON - March 11 - A full-page ad in Sunday's New York Times quotes a Senate floor speech by Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), declaring that "pressure appears to be having a good result in Iraq" and that "this war is not necessary at this time."

At 85, Sen. Byrd is the most senior -- and one of the most respected -- U.S. Senators.

MoveOn.org and TrueMajority.org reprinted the extraordinary speech that he gave on the Senate Floor in a New York Times ad March 9 paid for.

Byrd said:

"To engage in war is always to pick a wild card. And war must always be a last resort, not a first choice. I truly must question the judgment of any President who can say that a massive unprovoked military attack on a nation which is over 50 percent children is 'in the highest moral traditions of our country." This war is not necessary at this time. Pressure appears to be having a good result in Iraq. Our mistake was to put ourselves in a corner so quickly. Our challenge is to now find a graceful way out of a box of our own making. Perhaps there is still a way if we allow more time."

"...There are huge crack emerging in our time-honored alliances, and U.S. intentions are suddenly subject to damaging worldwide speculation. Anti-Americanism, based on mistrust, misinformation, suspicion, and alarming rhetoric from U.S. leaders is fracturing the once solid alliance against global terrorism which existed after September 11. "

..."Frankly, many of the pronouncements made by this Administration are outrageous. There is no other word. Yet, this chamber is hauntingly silent. On what is possibly the eve of horrific infliction of death and destruction on the population of Iraq-a population, I might add, of which over 50 percent is under age 15-this chamber is silent. On what is possibly only days before we send thousands of our own citizens to face unimagined horrors of chemical and biological warfare-this chamber is silent. On the eve of what could possibly be a vicious terrorist attack in retaliation for our attack on Iraq, it is business as usual in the United States Senate."

TrueMajority.org enables citizens to fax their members of Congress about critical issues like the Iraq war -- for free. Click on http://www.truemajority.org.

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