A Call to Action - Human Shields Needed in Iraq
"Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide
of time." - Gandhi
Problem - Innocent and victimized men, women and children in Iraq are set
to endure yet another war and unknown loss of life… their crime? They are
citizens of an oil rich nation with a violent dictator who no longer
fulfills the needs of Western powers. Of course these are the same
Western powers that all too happily supported this dictator during all of
his worst crimes. But times have changed and it is clear that the agenda
of the U.S. and British Governments is to carry out a war that will
topple Saddam Hussein and replace him with a Western puppet. All talk of
"war being the last resort" from the British and U.S. Governments is
laughable. The inevitable pretext of an Iraqi "material breach" of United
Nations Resolution 1441is all but guaranteed. Yet as this tragic comedy
sideshow plays out there is a group of people (growing in numbers) who
have another scenario, one which the war mongers have not previously
factored into the equation.
"Peace will not come out of a clash of arms but out of justice lived and
done by unarmed nations in the face of odds." - Gandhi
Solution - What would happen if several thousand Western citizens
migrated to Iraq to stand side by side with the Iraqi people? The fact is
that the world's most powerful nation would be stopped in its imperialist
tracks if thousands of Westerners might be killed by its oil lust war.
Never has there been a greater need for people to stand up and demand a
sane and peaceful world. Voting and recycling is not enough, it is direct
action that is desperately required. And never has there been more people
more aware about the truth and ready to act. People are organizing and
mobilizing like never before, the time has come and 'We the People' are
responding. Now many of us are coming together to exercise our "freedom"
by acting as voluntary human shields in the hopes of saving thousands,
perhaps tens of thousands of Iraqi lives. This is not about supporting
Saddam Hussein as our governments did, it is about saving the lives of
those in our human family. So if you care enough and are fed up with the
never ending excuses from the politicians and "experts" who historically
perpetuate the status quo, you are invited to join us.
"Faith gains in strength only when people are willing to lay down their
lives for it." - Gandhi
The Plan - To enlist the service of as many Human Shield volunteers for
direct action in Iraq. To organize the required food and transportation
for travel by coach, vans and cars from Europe to Iraq for all who Human
Shield volunteers. Our departure date is tentatively set for January 10,
2002 from London but this is subject to the evolving situation. We plan
to travel through Europe via London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Dachau
Concentration Camp, Zurich, Milan, Sarajevo, Istanbul, Halab and
Baghdad.on our way to Iraq. We may very well need/choose to add or delete
cities along the way again depending on the situation at the time. All
things going as planned we will conduct brief rallies and pick up more
Human Shield volunteers along the way. Once in Baghdad we will
strategically place ourselves with the most vulnerable people. People who
are overwhelmingly supportive for obvious reasons.
"The golden rule is to act fearlessly upon what one believes to be
right." - Gandhi
What You Can Do - Immediately join as a Human Shield volunteer. If you
cannot do this than support us financially for our food and fuel needs.
U.S. citizens can make tax-exempt donations to the Universal Kinship
Society (sponsor of this action). Donate your car, van or bus or school
and medical supplies which we will transport to the people of Iraq. Send
out emails and press releases announcing our action and post our action
on your website.
"True morality consists not in following the beaten track, but in finding
out the true path for ourselves and in fearlessly following it."
Who To Contact - Ken Nichols O'Keefe of the Universal Kinship Society -
uksocietyhotmail.com. Phone in Holland - 00316 2220 4574
"Only a life lived for others is a life worth while ." - Albert Einstein
Our Pledge as Participants in this Mission
'We the People' remember our 20th Century as the bloodiest century in
history, and are fully aware that the 21st Century is threatening to be
'We the People' acknowledge that Saddam Hussein has the capacity to kill
perhaps thousands while George W. Bush has the means to destroy our
entire world thousands of times over. As thinking people we see the
obvious, George W. Bush is far more of a threat to world peace than
'We the People' do not forget the vital U.S. support that helped bring
Saddam Hussein to power and further remember the direct U.S. support
before, during and after his use of chemical weapons (WMD probably
supplied by the U.S.) against the Kurdish people.
'We the People' reject George W. Bush and his "Pre-emptive" doctrine as
sheer madness that insures the bloody cycle of violence so necessary for
the existence of the greedy and sadistic interests he represents. We
acknowledge this man as the most dangerous man of the 21st Century.
'We the People' acknowledge the United States declaring its willingness
to use nuclear weapons as proof positive that the U.S. is undeniably the
most powerful and dangerous nation in the history of our world.
'We the People,' those who genuinely seek justice and peace acknowledge
that all nations must ultimately disarm, and that the United States is
logically and necessarily the first nation that must disarm.
'We the People' acknowledge the silence and/or complicity with U.S. war
policies by our governments around the world as wholly unrepresentative
and completely unacceptable. "Not In Our Name" expresses our position
with regard to the upcoming international crime of 'Aggression' likely to
be committed against an already horribly violated Iraqi people.
'We the People' see any and all nation/state governments that support the
Bush junta for what they are, cowards and criminals who are complicit in
a highly profitable oil induced launch into World War III.
'We the People' refuse to sit idly by while the so-called "United
Nations" provides "legal" sanction for wars that it is mandated by law to
'We the People,' mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, brothers and
sisters stand in solidarity with all those in the human family who
renounce war and embrace peace.
'We the People' declare that we would rather die as participants in
defense of justice and peace than live as disempowered human sheep
blindly marching to our very own slaughter.
'We the People' acknowledge oppression in all its forms as the primary
root of all violencem, especially so-called "terrorism."
'We the People,' those who genuinely seek justice and peace, understand
the people of the world need "Food Not Bombs," Justice Not Tyranny, Peace
'We the People' declare our allegiance to our human family and to the
planet that provides the basis of our very existence. We are 'World
Citizens' and declare ourselves as such before the law as mandated by the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights.