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House International Affairs Committee Drafting Resolution to Authorize Bombing of Iraq 


Rep. Ron Paul Circulating Congressional Letter in Opposition



OPEN LETTER From: "Crisis Update" <[email protected]>  10  December 2001 

Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG),  globalresearch.ca,  12 December 2001

Hello, all. 

The Bush administration was unable to show any hard link between Iraq and the attacks of Sept. 11, so it has declared that the simple possession of weapons of mass destruction by a "rogue state" is terrorism. Now, the House International Relations Committee is considering a resolution that will declare Iraq's refusal to allow weapons inspectors in an act of "aggression" against the United States (weapons inspectors were removed by the United States shortly before the December 1998 "Desert Fox" bombing campaign, and Iraq has not allowed any back in). This is a clear move to authorize large-scale bombing of Iraq. For those of you living in the United States, the following action alert has information on what to do. For everyone else, please do take note. It's not too early to start thinking about demonstrations.

For more information about Iraq, see http://www.casi.org.uk. http://www.endthewar.org  or http://www.fair.org/international/iraq.html

In Solidarity,


As many of you know, there has been immense pressure building recently within the Bush Administration, and the media, to make Iraq the next target in our unending war against terrorism. Now a number of members of Congress have written a letter urging President Bush to do just that, and this coming Tuesday the House International Relations Committee will be drafting a resolution to authorize attacks on Iraq. (Much greater attacks than what we have been doing already, aimed at overthrowing Saddam Hussein.) It will, among other things, stipulate that any refusal of Iraq to grant access to UN inspectors to any site in Iraq will be considered an "act of aggression against the United States."

Con. Ron Paul of Texas is circulating a letter opposing any attacks on Iraq. While not a pacifist letter, it does clearly state that there will be massive loss of life if we do this, that pretty much the rest of the world opposes us doing this, that even our allies freely acknowledge that there is no evidence that Iraq had anything to do with the September 11 bombing, and that taking military action against them would thus go well beyond the original resolution authorizing use of force in Afghanistan.

Please circulate this message to all your group and personal email listservs, and urge your group members, colleagues or friends to call their Representatives immediately (as in Monday and Tuesday) to speak against the bombing of Iraq, and to urge them to sign on to Rep. Paul's letter. While all members of Congress are important, the members of the House International Relations Committee are particularly so, and they are listed below.


Members of the House International Relations Committee

Henry J. Hyde, Chairman (R-IL) (202) 225-4561 Republicans

Benjamin A. Gilman, New York -> (202) 225-3776 James A. Leach, Iowa -> (202) 225-6576 Doug Bereuter, Nebraska -> (202) 225-4806 Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey -> (202) 225-3765 Dan Burton, Indiana -> (202) 225-2276 Elton Gallegly, California -> (202) 225-5811 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida -> (202) 225-3931 Cass Ballenger, North Carolina -> (202) 225-2576 Dana Rohrabacher, California -> (202) 225-2415 Edward R. Royce, California -> (202) 225-4111 Peter T. King, New York -> (202) 225-7896 Steve Chabot, Ohio -> (202) 225-2216 Amo Houghton, New York -> (202) 225-3161 John M. McHugh, New York -> : (202) 225-4611 Richard Burr, North Carolina -> (202) 225-2071 John Cooksey, Louisiana -> (202) 225-8490 Thomas G. Tancredo, Colorado -> (202) 225-7882 Ron Paul, Texas -> (202) 225-2831 Nick Smith, Michigan -> (202) 225-6276 Joseph R. Pitts, Pennsylvania -> (202) 225-2411 Darrell E. Issa, California -> (202) 225-3906 Eric Cantor, Virginia -> (202) 225-2815 Jeff Flake, Arizona -> (202) 225-2635 Brian D. Kerns, Indiana -> (202) 225-5805 Jo Ann Davis, Virginia -> 202. 225. 4261


Tom Lantos (Ranking Member), California -> (202) 225-3531 Howard L. Berman, California -> (202) 225-4695 Gary L. Ackerman, New York -> (202) 225-2601 Eni F. H. Faleomavaega, American Samoa -> (202) 225-8577 Donald M. Payne, New Jersey -> (202) 225-3436 Robert Menendez, New Jersey -> (202) 225-7919 Sherrod Brown, Ohio -> (202) 225-3401 Cynthia A. McKinney, Georgia -> (202) 225-1605 Earl F. Hilliard, Alabama -> (202) 225-2665 Brad Sherman, California -> (202) 225-5911 Robert Wexler, Florida -> (202) 225-3001 Jim Davis, Florida -> (202) 225-3376 Eliot L. Engel, New York -> (202) 225-2464 William D. Delahunt, Massachusetts -> (202) 225-3111 Gregory W. Meeks, New York -> (202) 225-3461 Barbara Lee, California -> (202) 225-2661 Joseph Crowley, New York -> (202) 225-3965 Joseph M. Hoeffel, Pennsylvania -> (202) 225-6111 Earl Blumenauer, Oregon -> (202) 225-4811 Shelley Berkley, Nevada -> (202) 225-5965 Grace Napolitano, California -> (202) 225-5256 Adam B. Schiff, California -> : (202) 225-4176 Diane E. Watson, California -> (202) 225-7084

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