Read Tim Robbins speech
Read Tom Andrews speech
- April 15 - At a luncheon at the National Press Club today, Actor/Director
Tim Robbins and Win Without War National Director, former Congressman
Tom Andrews, called on media to act as a check and balance to
the Bush administration and its pursuit of the First-Strike doctrine.
war was sold to the American public as something that it wasnt,
said Tom Andrews. Why is it that Americans continue to
believe that Saddam Hussein is connected to events of 9/11 and
that the Iraqi people have a relationship with Al-Qaeda? Not
only is this patently false, but it seems that the rest of the
world knows this administration is misleading the American public.
Why dont we?
explained that the Doctrine of Pre-emption was launched
in 1997, but it took the attack of September 11th to move the
agenda. As Bush now eyes Syria, it has become clear that the
war with Iraq has opened the door for future invasions.
that the Congress has abdicated responsibility and the U.N.
has been cast aside, unless the media is able and willing to
administrations manipulation of facts, Americans may find
themselves at war again. We are talking about future wars that
are avoidable, that fuel terrorism, that isolate us from historic
allies whose cooperation we need to fight terrorism effectively,
that undermine the rule of law, that heap enormous costs on
the American people alone, that serve as partial justification
for the suspension of civil liberties, and that make all
Americans less secure, said Andrews.
Tim Robbins, who has been an outspoken critic of the war said:
We are living in a crucial moment. As we eye Syria and
begin the chatter that leads to war there, it is imperative
for those who oppose the notion of the United States as unchecked
Empire to speak out strongly against a foreign policy of military
intimidation. We are, as a nation, so much nobler than that.
intimidations to free speech by certain talk radio hosts, by
Clear Channel Broadcasting, and by the National Baseball Hall
of Fame have to be met head on. Any instance of intimidation
to free speech should be battled against. Any acquiescence to
intimidation at this point will only lead to more intimidation,
War members include: American Friends Service Committee, Business
Leaders for Sensible Priorities, Campaign for UN Reform, Council
for a Livable World, Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America, Families USA, Fourth Freedom Forum,
Global Exchange, Greenpeace, Leadership Conference of Women
Religious, MoveOn, NAACP, National Council of Churches, National
Gay and Lesbian Task Force, National Organization for Women
(NOW), NETWORK - A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, Oxfam
America, Pax Christi USA, Peace Action, Physicians for Social
Responsibility, Rainbow/Push Coalition, Shalom Center, Sierra
Club, Sojourners, Soulforce, The Tikkun Community, TrueMajority,
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, United
Church of Christ, United Methodist Church General Board of Church
and Society, USAction, Us Foundation, Veterans for Common Sense,
Veterans for Peace, Women's Action for New Directions (WAND),
Working Assets, Artists United to Win Without War, and Musicians
United to Win Without War.