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Subject: [IAC] Ramsey Clark's Letter to UN Security Council

On December 11, 2001 the following letter was sent from 
former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark to the 
ambassador and foreign minister of each member of the UN 
Security Council and the UN General Assembly.
International Action Center
 39 West 14th St, #206
 NY, NY 10011  
212-633-6646  fax: 212-633-2889   [EMAIL PROTECTED]
December 11, 2001
Dear Ambassador,
The Security Council must direct the United States that 
it may not attack Iraq and must cease threatening to do 
so.  Nor can it train, aid, or finance other forces 
seeking the violent overthrow of the Iraqi government. 
  Any such acts would violate the obligations of nations 
under the Charter of the United Nations and constitute 
crimes under international law.
U.S. military and economic assaults on Iraq in the past 
dozen years are a continuing crime against peace and 
humanity.   They violate the Genocide Convention.
The Pentagon admits it conducted 110,000 aerial sorties 
against a defenseless Iraq dropping 88,500 tons of bombs 
equivalent to 7 1/2 Hiroshima bombs in 42 days from 
January 17 to February 28, 1991.  The bombs targeted every 
type of structure and facility necessary to support 
civilian life.  Family dwellings, water and food systems 
and supplies, industry, commerce, business, education, 
religion all across Iraq were the direct object of U.S. 
bombs punishing a whole population.
More than 150,000 thousands defenseless people died in 
Iraq as a result of this military assault, which included 
thousands of individual war crimes.
From August 6, 1990 to date the most severe economic 
sanctions and forced impoverishment have deliberately 
inflicted hunger, malnourishment, sickness and death 
generously among the people of Iraq killing and crippling 
infants, children, the elderly, pregnant women, nursing 
mothers, persons with chronic illnesses, and emergency 
medical cases fist and most frequently.  
More than 1 1/2 million people have died as a direct 
result of these sanctions.  More than half have been 
children under five years of age.  The sanctions, coerced 
from the Security Council by the U.S., have violated the 
Genocide Convention because they have deliberately created 
conditions of life intended to destroy the Iraqi 
population in whole, or in part, because of the 
nationality, race, religion and ethnic origin of its 
people.   The sanctions have had their intended effect.
Every U.N. agency dealing with food, health and children 
has confirmed the human horror of the sanctions.  They 
include the FAO, UNICEF, WFP, WHO.  The most courageous 
and honorable of the U.N. employee's directly involved 
with enforcement of the sanctions and inspections under 
them have resigned their positions and publicly protested 
the sanctions and inspections policies.  The food for oil 
program approved only in late 1996, and used thereafter 
primarily as a devise for delay, frustration and 
accusation, was initiated only when international protest 
against the savagery of the sanctions overwhelmed the fear 
in which Security Council members held the threat of U.S. 
reprisal if they did not support U.S. policies.
The U.S. has bombed Iraq whenever it chose to do so at 
any time for the past twelve years.  Missiles and bombs 
have targeted Saddam Hussin for assassination.  Many 
hundreds have been killed, including as an illustration of 
the meaning of such bombing, Leila al Attar, the 
internationally famous artist, museum director, wife, 
mother, human being.  The sound of U.S. jets over Iraq is 
omnipresent, keeping constant the terrifying memory of the 
continuous aerial and missile assault of February-March 
1991 which averaged an aerial sortie every 30 seconds.
In the face of these staggering crimes against Iraq, the 
U.S. has conducted a constant campaign of vilification in 
the international media it controls.  While claims Saddam 
Hussein is the evil it seeks to destroy its broad brush 
paints all of Iraq as a symbol of evil.  The U.S. 
propaganda is racist, anti Muslim, hate engendering and 
The U.S. has corrupted and seriously compromised the 
United Nations by appearing to act in its name, tragically 
diminishing humanities best hope for peace, dignity and 
decent conditions of life for all by its decade of brutish 
and criminal assaults on the people of Iraq.  Though 
coerced, the Security Council is  complicit in these 
crimes against peace and humanity, war crimes and genocide 
because it has at the least allowed its name and moral 
authority to be usurped by the United States.
The United States time and time again has acted on the 
advice of Plato's Athenian Stranger, who fearing the 
judgment of history remains anonymous by waging "...war 
for the sake of peace".  Consider how victims of U.S. 
wars, surrogate and direct, since World War II have fared: 
Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nicaragua, the Domenican 
Republic, the Philippines, Liberia, Cuba, Guatemala, 
Grenada, Palestine, Lebanon, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Haiti, 
El Salvador, Honduras, Angola, Croatia, Bosnia, 
Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iran, Indonesia, 
Afghanistan.  Yet where is the promised peace?
Consider the havoc direct U.S. military violence has 
wreaked in the past decade on the people of Iraq, all the 
Republics of the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 
created to make peace possible in the Balkans, Nicaragua, 
Haiti, Somalia, Sudan, North Korea, Kosovo, Afghanistan. 
 And who will be next?  The media  reports daily on the 
Is there anything Iraq has done in the past decade which 
threatened peace, endangered life, or caused violence 
that could possibly compare with the violence and calumny 
the U.S. has visited on Iraq.  There is no legal basis, or 
moral justification for a U.S. attack on Iraq, or for U.S. 
financing and assisting in the overthrow of its 
government.  For the U.S. to do so is an international 
crime and prohibited by the Constitution and laws of the 
United States.  Prevailing power in the U.S. and its 
government intends to attack Iraq when the current assault 
of Afghanistan has accomplished its purpose to consolidate 
U.S. domination over the Middle East, the Gulf region and 
central Asia.
Act immediately to end the shame of the Security Councils 
abject failure to assert the independence and sovereignty 
of the United Nations under its Charter and to end this 
scourage of war.  Prohibit the United States from 
attacking Iraq.
                                        Ramsey Clark
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