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Open Letter from Ramsey Clark to UN Secretary, UN Security Council, and Pres. Bush

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    OPEN LETTER FROM RAMSEY CLARK to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, members of the UN Security Council and President George W. Bush Please post this open letter
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 2, 2004
      OPEN LETTER FROM RAMSEY CLARK
      to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, members of the UN
      Security Council and President George W. Bush

      Please post this open letter from Ramsey Clark widely.
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      January, 29, 2004

      Dear Secretary General Annan,

      U.S. President George W. Bush again confirmed his
      intention to continue waging wars of aggression in his
      State of the Union message on January 20, 2004.

      He began his address:

      "As we gather tonight, hundreds of thousands of American
      service men and women are deployed across the world in the
      war on terror. By bringing hope to the oppressed, and
      delivering justice to the violent, they are making America
      more secure."

      He proclaimed:

      "Our greatest responsibility is the active defense of the
      American people... America is on the offensive against the
      terrorists..."

      Continuing, he said:

      "...our coalition is leading aggressive raids against the
      surviving members of the Taliban and Al Qaeda.... Men who
      ran away from our troops in battle are now dispersed and
      attack from the shadows."

      In Iraq, he reported:

      "Of the top 55 officials of the former regime, we have
      captured or killed 45. Our forces are on the offensive,
      leading over 1,600 patrols a day, and conducting an
      average of 180 raids a week...."

      Explaining his aggression, President Bush stated:

      "...After the chaos and carnage of September the 11th, it
      is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers. The
      terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United
      States and war is what they got."

      Forget law. No more legal papers, or rights. Forget truth.
      The claim that either Afghanistan, or Iraq declared war on
      the U.S. is absurd. The U.S. chose to attack both nations,
      from one end to the other, violating their sovereignty and
      changing their "regimes", summarily executing thousands of
      men, women and children in the process. At least 40,000
      defenseless people in Iraq have been killed by U.S.
      violence since the latest aggression began in earnest in
      March 2003 starting with its celebrated, high tech,
      terrorist "Shock and Awe" and continuing until now with
      25, or more, U.S. raids daily causing mounting deaths and
      injuries.

      All this death-dealing aggression has occurred during a
      period, Mr. Bush boasts, of "over two years without an
      attack on American soil". The U.S. is guilty of pure
      aggression, arbitrary repression and false portrayal of
      the nature and purpose of its violence.

      President Bush's brutish mentality is revealed in his
      condemnations of the "killers" and "thugs in Iraq" "who
      ran away from our troops in battle". U.S. military
      expenditures and technology threaten and impoverish life
      on the planet. Any army that sought to stand up against
      U.S. air power and weapons of mass destruction in open
      battle would be annihilated. This is what President Bush
      seeks when he says "Bring 'em on."

      President Bush declared his intention to change the
      "Middle East" by force.

      "As long as the Middle East remains a place of tyranny and
      despair and anger, it will continue to produce men and
      movements that threaten the safety of America and our
      friends. So America is pursuing a forward strategy of
      freedom in the greater Middle East. We will challenge the
      enemies of reform, confront the allies of terror, and
      expect a higher standard from our friends."

      "...America is a nation with a mission... we understand
      our special calling: This great republic will lead the
      cause of freedom."

      He extended his threat to any nation he may choose:

      "As part of the offensive against terror, we are also
      confronting the regimes that harbor and support
      terrorists, and could supply them with nuclear, chemical
      or biological weapons. The United States and our allies
      are determined: We refuse to live in the shadow of this
      ultimate danger."

      President Bush's utter contempt for the United Nations is
      revealed in his assertion that the United States and other
      countries "have enforced the demands of the United
      Nations", ignoring the refusal of the U.N. to approve a
      war of aggression against Iraq and implying the U.N. had
      neither the courage nor the capacity to pursue its own
      "demands".

      His total commitment to unilateral U.S. action, was
      asserted by President Bush when he sarcastically referred
      to the "permission slip" a school child needs to leave a
      classroom:

      "America will never seek a permission slip to defend the
      security of our people".

      President Bush intends to go it alone, because his
      interest is American power and wealth alone, though he
      prefers to use the youth of NATO countries and others as
      cannon folder in his wars.

      President Bush believes might makes right and that the end
      justifies the means. He declares:

      "...the world without Saddam Husseins regime is a better
      and safer place".

      So U.S. military technology which is omnicidal- capable of
      destroying all life on the planet-will be ordered by
      President Bush to make the world "a better and safer
      place" by destroying nations and individuals he
      designates.

      President Bush presided over 152 executions in Texas, far
      more than any other U.S. governor since World War II.
      Included were women, minors, retarded persons, aliens in
      violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations
      and innocent persons. He never acted to prevent a single
      execution. He has publicly proclaimed the right to
      assassinate foreign leaders and repeatedly boasted of
      summary executions and indiscriminate killing in State of
      the Union messages and elsewhere.

      The danger of Bush unilateralism is further revealed when
      he states:

      "Colonel Qaddafi correctly judged that his country would
      be better off, and far more secure without weapons of mass
      murder. Nine months of intense negotiations involving the
      United States and Great Britain succeeded with Libya,
      while 12 years of diplomacy with Iraq did not."

      Forget diplomacy, use "intense negotiations". If President
      Bush believed it was "diplomacy", which maintained
      genocidal sanctions against Iraq for twelve years that
      failed, rather than an effort to crush Iraq to submission,
      then why didn't he use "nine months of intense
      negotiations" to avoid a war of aggression against Iraq?
      He was President for nearly twenty seven months before the
      criminal assault on Iraq, he apparently intended all
      along. Iraq was no threat to anyone.

      What President Bush means by "intense negotiations"
      includes a threat of military aggression with the example
      of Iraq to show this in no bluff. The Nuremberg Judgment
      held Goerings threat to destroy Prague unless
      Czechoslovakia surrendered Bohemia and Moravia to be an
      act of aggression.

      If Qaddafi "correctly judged his country would be better
      off, and far more secure, without weapons of mass murder",
      why would the United States not be better off, and far
      more secure, if it eliminated all its vast stores of
      nuclear weapons? Is not the greatest danger from nuclear
      proliferation today without question President Bush's
      violations of the Non Proliferation (NPT), ABM and Nuclear
      Test Ban treaties by continuing programs for strategic
      nuclear weapons, failing to negotiate in good faith to
      achieve "nuclear disarmament" after more than thirty years
      and development of a new generation of nuclear weapons,
      small "tactical" weapons of mass murder, which he would
      use in a minute? Has he not threatened to use existing
      strategic nuclear weapons? The failure of the "nuclear
      weapon State Party(s)" to the NPT to work in good faith to
      achieve "nuclear disarmament these past 36 years is the
      reason the world is still confronted with the threat of
      nuclear war and proliferation.

      None of the many and changing explanations, excuses, or
      evasions offered by President Bush to justify his war of
      aggression can erase the crimes he has committed. Among
      the less invidious misleading statements, President Bush
      made on January 20, 2004 was:

      "Already the Kay Report identified dozens of weapons of
      mass destruction-related program activities and
      significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from
      the United Nations."

      Three days later, Dr. Kay told Reuters he thought Iraq had
      illicit weapons at the end of the 1991 Persian Gulf War,
      but that by a combination of U.N. inspections and Iraq's
      own decisions, "it got rid of them". He further said it
      "is correct" to say Iraq does not have any large
      stockpiles of chemical or biological weapons in the
      country. He has added that no evidence of any chemical or
      biological weapons have been found in Iraq.

      Iraq did not use illicit weapons in the 1991 Gulf war. The
      U.S. did - 900 tons plus of depleted uranium, fuel air
      explosives, super bombs, cluster bombs with civilians and
      civilian facilities the "direct object of attack". The
      U.S. claimed to destroy 80% of Iraq's military armor. It
      dropped 88,500 tons of explosives, 7 1/2 Hiroshima's, on
      the country in 42 days. Iraq was essentially defenseless.
      Tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers and civilians
      perished. The U.S. reported 157 casualties, 1/3 from
      friendly fire, the remainder non combat.

      U.N. inspectors over more than 6 years of highly intrusive
      physical inspections found and destroyed 90% of the
      materials required to manufacture nuclear, chemical and
      biological weapons. U.N. sanctions imposed August 6, 1990
      had caused the deaths of 567,000 children under age five
      by October 1996, the U.N. FAO reported. Twenty four
      percent of the infants born live in Iraq in 2002 had a
      dangerously low birth weight below 2 kilos, symbolizing
      the condition of the whole population.

      In March 2003 Iraq was incapable of carrying out a threat
      against the U.S., or any other country, and would have
      been pulverized by U.S. forces in place in the Gulf had it
      tried.

      More than thirty five nations admit the possession of
      nuclear, chemical and/or biological weapons. Are these
      nations, caput lupinum, lawfully subject to destruction
      because of their mere possession of WMDs? The U.S.
      possesses more of each of these impermissible weapons than
      all other nations combined, and infinitely greater
      capacity for their delivery anywhere on earth within
      hours. Meanwhile the U.S. increases its military
      expenditures, which already exceed those of all other
      nations on earth combined, and its technology which is
      exponentially more dangerous.

      The U.N. General Assembly Resolution on the Definition of
      Aggression of December 14, 1974 provides in part:

      Article 1: Aggression is the use of armed force by a State
      against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or
      political independence of another State;

      Article 2: The first use of armed force by a State in
      contravention of the Charter shall constitute prima facie
      evidence of an act of aggression;

      Article 3: Any of the following acts ... qualify as an act
      of aggression:

      (a) The invasion or attack by the armed forces of a State
      of the territory of another State, or any military
      occupation, however temporary, resulting from such
      invasion or attack;

      (b) Bombardment by the armed forces of a State against the
      territory of another State or the use of any weapons by a
      State against the territory of another State;

      (c) The blockade of the ports or coasts of a State by the
      armed forces of another State;

      (d) An attack by the armed forces of a State on the land,
      sea or air forces, or marine and air fleets of another
      State.

      If the U.S. assault on Iraq is not a War of Aggression
      under international law, then there is no longer such a
      crime as War of Aggression. A huge, all powerful nation
      has assaulted a small prostrate, defenseless people half
      way around the world with "Shock and Awe" terror and
      destruction, occupied it and continues daily assaults.
      President Bush praises U.S. soldiers' "...skill and their
      courage in armored charges, and midnight raids." which
      terrorize and kill innocent Iraqis, women, children,
      families, nearly every day and average 180 attacks each
      week.

      The first crime defined in the Constitution annexed to the
      Charter of the International Military Tribunal (Nuremberg)
      under Crimes Against Peace is War of Aggression. II.6.a.
      The Nuremberg Judgment proclaimed:

      "The charges in the indictment that the defendants planned
      and waged aggressive war are charges of the utmost
      gravity. War is essentially an evil thing. Its
      consequences are not confined to the belligerent states
      alone, but affect the whole world."

      To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an
      international crime, it is the supreme international
      crime...

      The "seizure" of Austria in March 1938 and of Bohemia and
      Moravia from Czechoslovakia in March 1939 following the
      threat to destroy Prague were judged to be acts of
      aggression by the Tribunal even in the absence of actual
      war and after Britain, France, Italy and Germany had
      agreed at Munich to cede Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland to
      Germany.

      The first conduct judged to be a war of aggression by Nazi
      Germany was its invasion of Poland in September 1939.
      There followed a long list, Britain, France, Denmark,
      Norway, Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg, Yugoslavia, Greece.
      The attack on the USSR, together with Finland, Romania and
      Hungary, was adjudged as follows:

      It was contended for the defendants that the attack upon
      the U.S.S.R. was justified because the Soviet Union was
      contemplating an attack upon Germany, and making
      preparations to that end. It is impossible to believe that
      this view was ever honestly entertained.

      The plans for the economic exploitation of the U.S.S.R.,
      for the removal of masses of the population, for the
      murder of Commissars and political leaders, were all part
      of the carefully prepared scheme launched on 22 June
      without warning of any kind, and without the shadow of
      legal excuses. It was plain aggression.

      The United Nations cannot permit U.S. power to justify its
      wars of aggression if it is to survive as a viable
      institution for ending the scourges of war, exploitation,
      hunger, sickness and poverty. Comparatively minor acts and
      wars of aggression by the United States in the last 20
      years, deadly enough for their victims, in Grenada, Libya,
      Panama, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Sudan, Yugoslavia,
      Cuba, Yemen with many other nations threatened,
      sanctioned, or attacked, some with U.N. complicity and all
      without effective United Nations resistance, made the
      major deadly wars of aggression against Afghanistan and
      Iraq possible.

      Failure to condemn the massive U.S. war of aggression and
      illegal occupation of Iraq and any U.N. act providing
      colorable legitimacy to the U.S. occupation will open wide
      the gate to further, greater aggression. The line must be
      drawn now.

      The United Nations must recognize and declare the U.S.
      attack and occupation of Iraq to be the war of aggression
      it is. It must refuse absolutely to justify, or condone
      the aggression, the illegal occupation and the continuing
      U.S. assaults in Iraq. The U.N. must insist that the U.S.
      withdraw from Iraq as it insisted Iraq withdraw from
      Kuwait in 1990.

      There must be no impunity or profit for wars of
      aggression.

      The U.S. and U.S. companies must surrender all profits and
      terminate all contracts involving Iraq.

      There must be strict accountability by U.S. leaders and
      others for crimes they have committed against Iraq and
      compensation by the U.S. government for the damage its
      aggression has inflicted on Afghanistan and Iraq, the
      peoples injured there and stability and harm done to world
      peace.

      This must be done with care to prevent the eruption of
      internal divisions, or violence and any foreign domination
      or exploitation in Iraq. The governance of a united Iraq
      must be returned to the diverse peoples who live there,
      acting together consensually in peace for their common
      good as soon as possible.

      Sincerely,
      Ramsey Clark

      The identical letter has been sent to:
      -Members of the UN Security Council
      -The President of the UN General Assembly
      -The Secretary General of the UN
      -The President of the United States

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