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OPERATION DIRE DISTRESS
MARCH 22-24 IN WASHINGTON, DC
VETERANS AGAINST IRAQ WAR
TEACH-IN & SPEAKOUT
Saturday, March 22 from 1-5 PM
American University-Kay Chapel
DEMONSTRATION-SUNDAY MARCH 23
Assemble 12 Noon at Constitution Gardens
Solemn Procession to Vietnam, Korea,WW II Memorials &
March to VA, White House, Rally on the Ellipse
LOBBYING-MONDAY MARCH 24
Meetings with Congressional allies and state reps.
All veterans, active-duty GI's, reservists, family members & supporters are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Wear your medals, ribbons, uniforms, vets organization colors etc., bring flags, banners, signs
Veterans Against Iraq War www.vaiw.org
Veterans For Peace www.veteransforpeace.org
Vietnam Veterans Against the War www.vvaw.org
Veterans for Common Sense www.veteransforcommonsense.org
Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation www.vvaf.org
Military Familes Speak Out www.mfso.org
VETERANS AGAINST IRAQ WAR STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Veterans Against The Iraq War is a coalition of American veterans who oppose war with Iraq.
Until and unless the current U.S. Administration provides evidence which clearly demonstrates that Iraq or any other nation poses a clear, immediate danger to our country, we oppose all of the Administration's pre-emptive and unilateral military and diplomatic activities geared towards provoking or initiating a military conflict with Iraq. Furthermore, we cannot support any war that is initiated without a formal Declaration of War by Congress, as our Constitution requires.
Although we detest the dictatorial policies of Saddam Hussein and sympathize with the tragic plight of the Iraqi people, we oppose unilateral and pre-emptive U.S. military intervention on the grounds that it would establish a dangerous precedent in the conduct of international affairs, that it could easily lead to an increase of violent regional instability and the spread of a much wider conflict, that it would place needless and unacceptable financial burdens on the American people, that it would further divert us from addressing critical domestic priorities, and that it would distract us from our stated goal of destroying international terrorists and their lairs.
Furthermore, Veterans Against The Iraq War does not believe the American military can or should be used as the police force of the world by any administration, Republican or Democrat. Consequently, we believe that the lives and well being of our nation's soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines should not be squandered or sacrificed for causes other than the direct defense of our people and our nation.
Finally, we believe that a pre-emptive and unilateral US military attack on Iraq would be illegal, unnecessary, counter-productive and present a truly dire threat to our vital international interests and basic national security. As military veterans, we have a unique understanding of war and know the many hidden truths that lie behind easy theories and promises, as well as behind the tragic consequences that even victory brings. We therefore call on all like-minded American veterans to join and support VAIW in its efforts to avert a national tragedy and an international calamity before it begins