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DECEMBER 21, 1998   10:31 AM
CONTACT: International Action Center
Letter to the UN Security Council from former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark
NEW YORK - December 21 -

International Action Center
39 West 14th St., #206
New York, NY 10011
212-633-6646 fax: 212-633-2889
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Ramsey Clark, Chairperson

December 20, 1998

Dear Ambassador,

The first and immediate response of the United Nations to the criminal assault on Iraq by the United States, assisted by the United Kingdom, must be to end Security Council sanctions against Iraq. The Security Council has unleashed the scourge of war, taking "peace from the earth," by its failure to prevent the use of U.S. military power, the second horseman of the apocalypse, against the people of Iraq. See, The Revelation of St. John, Ch. 6. The Security Council must act to repossess that power and effectively prevent its use again, or it will continue to violate the principal purpose of the United Nations Charter.

For all the terror of the U.S. missile attack, its assault on life is minor compared to that of sanctions which create devastating hunger and sickness, the third horseman of the apocalypse. In November, the U.S. estimated 10,000 would die in Iraq from its assault. Even that figure pales in comparison with the deaths, sickness and human wasting caused monthly by sanctions. Sanctions against a whole people are genocide and must be prevented in all cases. For the U.N. to impose, or permit, such sanctions make it the enemy of the people. Already, since his impeachment yesterday, President Clinton has called for tightening the sanctions against Iraq.

U.N. action now is absolutely essential to peace on earth. We see the fury rising among the poor, the Arab, the Muslim, all peoples of the planet who seek peace, by this U.S. flogging of Iraq. The assault is punishment, more than war, because only one people suffer death and injury.

U.S. military technology, its destructive arms capacity and its expenditures for arms exceed those of the rest of the Security Council combined. U.S. research continues to seek surer ways to kill masses of people from afar. The next President of the United States whether elected, or by succession after impeachment, will be more bellicose than Bill Clinton, unless bellicosity is addressed now. Clinton has been a reluctant warrior. One need only compare his predecessors, the clamor during his impeachment proceedings and in public opinion polls supporting the assault on Iraq to know the lust for economic exploitation through military domination and coercion is virulent in the American body politic.

To a degree Martin Luther King, Jr. never dreamed possible, his prophetic words in 1967 have increased in truth: "The greatest purveyor of violence on earth is my own government." The American people are presently supportive of, indifferent to, or lacking in understanding and the will to stop U.S. militarism. Clinton has preferred economic exploitation by sanctions, "free trade," debt servitude and fiscal coercion to physical violence. His successors will use the military power from U.S. weapons expenditures which exceed the gross national products of 25 Iraqs and contains omnicidal weapons.

During this religious period in which the lunar and solar calendars of the principal contending faiths, Islam and Christianity, bring together their high holy days, the Security Council members must resolve to end sanctions against Iraq immediately and prevent the imposition of such sanctions ever again. Hundreds are dying in Iraq every day. Thousands are suffering physical sickness and injury and twenty million people feel the weight and sorrow of the mindless, heartless forced impoverishment that is killing their infants, children and elderly.

Each nation must refuse to abide by the sanctions, recognizing it is no defense to the crime of genocide to act under a criminal order, or resolution to commit it. Each nation should contribute urgently to alleviate hunger and sickness in Iraq and rebuild that nation so damaged by the criminal savagery of U.S. war and sanctions.

The people of the United Nations depend on you to do your duty.


Ramsey Clark




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