Fw: Stop the Bombing for Ramadan
- Here is an opportunity to speak your feelings to a few world leaders
about the bombing campaign.
You can either send the prepared message that is supplied, or
re-word so you speak from the heart. I sent this message:
Another letter to you in support of suspending the bombing campaign
in Afghanistan during the holy month of Ramadan.
I support ending the bombing entirely, and instead use our American
dollars to help the displaced people survive the winter and awaken
to better tomorrows. Let our country be a blessing to them rather
than a curse.
----- Original Message -----
From: Eli Pariser <action@...>
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2001 5:33 AM
Subject: Stop the Bombing for Ramadan
Dear Friend of 9-11peace.org,
Call on world leaders to halt the bombing for Ramadan at:
Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic faith, begins on
November 17. Officials from Egypt, Pakistan, and Indonesia
have called for a halt in the bombing campaign to show
respect for the Islamic religion during this holy time.
These officials are worried that bombing during Ramadan will
fan the flames of Islamic militancy and increase popular
support for Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
Bombing continues to worsen the plight of the Afghan people
because aid organizations can't get food and medicine into
the country. The food dropped by the US is woefully
inadequate for the 7 million Afghans who rely on aid. The
UN estimates that over 900,000 Afghan refugees may die if
aid does not reach them within the next several weeks.
Halting the bombing for Ramadan would also give the US and
its partners an opportunity to rethink and modify the
current war strategy without losing face. The New York Times
has reported that the bombing campaign has killed as many
civilians as Taliban soldiers, and that battle lines have
moved little since September. Stopping the bombing for
Ramadan would allow leaders an opportunity to choose a
strategy which would minimize the loss of innocent life.
Britain's defense secretary, Geoff Hoon, has said that he
will give serious thought to a cessation of bombing. Join
us in urging leaders in the United States, Britain, Canada,
and Australia to stop the bombing for Ramadan.
You can send your message to world leaders in less than five
More information about Ramadan, the ongoing air strikes, and
the aid crisis in Afghanistan is available there as well.
Thank you. Many lives are at stake, but if we act now, we
can change the face of this conflict.
November 8, 2001
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