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Pittsburgh City Council Unanimously Passes Anti-War Resolution
by Merton Center Reports Tuesday, Mar. 04, 2003 at 5:19 PM
Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing the war on Iraq at their meeting this morning.
I'm happy to announce that as of today, Pittsburgh City Council has
passed a resolution against the war and in favor of diplomacy! The vote was 7-0. Congratulations to the activists in the Merton Center Anti-War
Committee -- Edith Belle who initiated and chaired the group, Nathaniel,
Vikram, Jennifer, Allison and others who helped organize the petitioning and rallies... your excellent work has paid off! This is a reflection of the
strength of the anti-war movement in Pittsburgh and shows that through our persistence and demonstrations, we can make a concrete difference.
Pittsburgh joins at least 124 other cities throughout the country that
have passed similar resolutions (see http://www.citiesforpeace.org for
details). The resolution will be sent to the President of the U.S. and to
the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation. There was ample press there covering the many eloquent speakers against the war, and we think that PCTV will air the meeting tonight at 7:00.
Have a glass of French wine or champagne in celebration! (If you get this
in time, we're having a celebration drink at the Squirrel Hill Cafe on Forbes & Murray starting at 6pm this evening). Onward!
Status of Carnegie Mellon's Campaign
by Daniel Papasian Tuesday, Mar. 04, 2003 at 7:33 PM
For information on the status of Carnegie Mellon's anti-war resolution: http://www.thetartan.org/97/20/news/3270.asp
To see the Tartan launch attacks against me: http://www.thetartan.org/97/20/forum/3299.asp
Over the past few weeks I have lost all respect for the Tartan. It started when they referred to the Ameriyah shelter bombing as as "fire" and said it was incinerated by SCUD missiles - missiles which are, as far as I know, Soviet in origin and were only used in the Gulf War by Iraq. See that "article" here: http://www.thetartan.org/97/18/news/3145.asp . This, as even the headline shows, shows a general disregard for journalistic integrity.
But it gets worse. The week after that, http://www.thetartan.org/97/19/news/3177.asp appeared- which referred to the anti-war resolution as "abandoned." Which was never true. They also only interviewed Student Body President Brian Namey for this article, when he's strongly against it. Why was nobody else, including the Chair of Senate or myself, interviewed?
And, finally, there's the unsigned article that appeared this week. Let me make the following clear:
1. Senate passing an anti-war resolution does not detract from other work that Senate does. Legislation on things like meal plans all would come from committee, and as far as I know every committee has remained on task. I have never brought the resolution to any committee, and all business from committee is always dealt with at Senate meetings. Committees are the only people who can be blamed for the amount or quality of legislation.
2. It is not arrogant to pass an anti-war resolution. Arrogance is believing that one's meal plan is more important than doing all that is in one's power to stop a war in which American and Iraqi lives, including Iraqi civilians, will be lost. Will Carnegie Mellon Students have no problem telling the familes of the deceased that they chose to remain silent when their loved ones were sent off to die, simply because they were more concerned about their meal plan?
3. I am not the senator sponsoring the current anti-war resolution. Michael Moiseyev is. Yet the Tartan chose only to attack my resolution, which was officially withdrawn last Thursday. Why is this? To make it seem like those who oppose war- in our vast numbers- is actually a raving minority? It's unacceptable. That being said, I fully endorse Michael's resolution.
4. It's times like this that I'm glad indymedia exists.
by Tom Ley Saturday, Mar. 22, 2003 at 9:31 PM
How can you people oppose this war? Our troops have volunteered to fight for this great country for the sake of bettering the world by ridding it of this tyrant who has supported terrorists and threatened the well being of all mankind with biological/chemical weapons. The world will be a better place without Saddam and the scum that support him, or, like you "anti war" demonstrators, even TOLERATE him! The civilians of Iraq acknowledge our troops as liberators, as well they are, and it makes me and all other true supporters of freedom SICK that anyone from our own great nation would oppose the removal of terrorism at all levels. Remember 9-11. And yes, sometimes blood does have to be shed to preserve freedom and better the world. This war is not a crusade nor a quest for world domination of oil. It is good vs. evil. Maybe you ingrates who support the French don't realize that the same freedom of speech you exercise at your peace rallies would not exist if Americans would have not fought and died to support those rights, nor would it exist if people like Saddam were succumbed to. And incidentally, isn't it hypocritical to say "We support our troops but oppose the war" when all our brave boys volunteered to fight? What a sickening disappointment you are to them. Wake up. There was no draft. This isn't Nam. We're right and you're wrong.
There are two simple reasons we can oppose the war and still support our troops and country.
First and foremost, There is no way that war - especially a preemptive action promotes peace. Our actions show tremendous disrepect for the beliefs of the culture in the region. No one will deny that Hussein is a maniac, but he is after all a creation of our own government actions. Just as is Osama Bin Laden.
The second reason is that most of the reasons given by the administration publically had little if any basis in fact. There was too much conjecture and supposition that was never backed up with credible evidence or intelligence information. The supposed intent to purchase weapons grade material from Niger has been questioned by our own intelligence agencies.
Assertions of Hussein's links to Bin Laden have been questioned by more than one Middle Eastern analyst.
Regardless of the actions of Hussein in the Middle East, the possibility of him being an immediate threat to our country is minimal.
Our nation is the only remaining super power, but that does not give us divine right to circumvent international law to take action against another country until we can prove the threat beyond ANY doubt.
It's only my opinion and you know what they say about opinions.
This comment is directed to all that feel it is wrong to oppose this war.
Is our government not killing innocent civilians? Does our government not possess chemical, nuclear, and biological weapons? Why is it OK for our government to pepetuate evil abroad? Do you honestly feel that this war is benefitting America? if so....then how?
Those who support this war need to be asking themselves these questions.
A war waged on false pretense is no war to fight!! Our fight to stop this war shalled be waged with the weapon of truth!!! WAKE UP AMERICA AND TURN DAN RATHER OFF!!!
WHO IS GOING TO DC JANUARY 20TH!!!! LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD!!!
THE REVOLUTION IS ON THE INTERNET AND THE REVOLUTION STARTS NOW!!!! LET'S TAKE IT TO THE STREETS!!!
Re: Pro War
by American Patriot Opposed To U.S. War Crimes Friday, Nov. 19, 2004 at 5:33 PM
What would you do if in the middle of the night a heavily armed and armored goon squad invaded your sanctuary called home and terrorized you and your family with threats and beatings, and maybe even raped the females, killed one of your family members or took them away never to be seen or heard from again?
What would you do if your child was in the backyard playing and suddenly you see his head explode from a psychopathic snipers' bullet?
What would you do if you saw a picture of your best friend lying dead in a partially wrapped body bag and a foreign soldier posing gleefully giving the thumbs up signal?
What would you do if a car full of neighbors drove by and suddenly their car was riddled to pieces by .50 caliber gunfire and the shooters then walked up to the mangled mass of metal and finished off those who managed to survive the unprovoked attack?
What would you do if newborns in your family and community were born with hideous defects as a result of the all the depleted uranium contamination left behind by the spent munitions that liberated you?
What would you do if you had to watch a loved one die a slow agonizing death due radiation poisoning from the same depleted uranium contamination?
What would you do if you had to recant your religious beliefs, or face the possibility of sick and perverted sexual humiliation or a tortuous death?
What would you do if your unwitting child curiously picked up an unexploded cluster bomb and was killed or maimed?
What would you do if you found out your daughter felt she had to become a prostitute in order to help the family afford the basic necessities of life?
What would you do if a local family was having a wedding party and they were torn to pieces by foreign troops firing bullets and bombs, and had no regard as to whether or not they killed innocent men, women or children?
What would you do if foreign corporations came into your country and plundered your natural resources?
What would you do if you were coming home only to find arrogant bullies had demolished it with bulldozers?
What would you do if those who act less than human treated you as if you were less than human?
What would you do if constant fear, suffering and death caused by foreigners, with no end in sight, came to visit your neighborhood and country?
Take a moment or two and try to imagine yourself in these conditions, and then ask yourself, what would you do? That is, if you dare.
Good luck to Fallujah's minutemen, defending their homes and loved ones. Iraq never attacked us. "Our" troops fight for Bush, Cheney, and Halliburton: NOT FOR THEIR COUNTRY!