Stand up and be counted! Sign this petition if you believe that US troops must withdraw immediately from Iraq. The reasons are clear to see and are listed below:

The U.S. occupation of Iraq has not liberated the Iraqi people, but has made life worse for most Iraqis.

Tens of thousands of U.S. service people have been killed or maimed, and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis have lost their lives as a result of the U.S. invasion in 2003, the ongoing occupation, and the violence unleashed by them.

Iraq's infrastructure has been destroyed, and U.S. plans for reconstruction abandoned. There is less electricity, less clean drinking water, and more unemployment today than before the U.S. invasion.

All of the justifications initially provided by the U.S. for waging war on Iraq have been exposed as lies; the real reasons for the invasion – to control Iraq's oil reserves and to increase U.S. strategic influence in the region – now stand revealed.

The Bush administration has insisted again and again that stability, democracy, and prosperity are around the next bend in the road. But with each day that the U.S. stays, the violence and lack of security facing Iraqis worsen. The U.S. says that it cannot withdraw its military because Iraq will collapse into civil war if it does. But the U.S. has deliberately stoked sectarian divisions in its ongoing attempt to install a U.S.-friendly regime, thus driving Iraq towards civil war.

The November elections in the United States sent a clear message that voters reject the Iraq war, and opinion polls show that seven in 10 Iraqis want the U.S. to leave sooner rather than later. Even most U.S. military and political leaders agree that staying the course in Iraq is a policy that is bound to fail.

Yet all the various alternative plans for Iraq now being discussed in Washington, including those proposed by House and Senate Democrats, aren't about withdrawing the U.S. military from Iraq. Rather, these strategies are about continuing the pursuit of U.S. goals in Iraq and the larger Middle East using different means.

Even the proposal to redeploy U.S. troops outside of Iraq, a plan favored by many Democratic Party leaders, envisions continued U.S. intervention inside Iraq.

With former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger insisting that a military victory in Iraq is no longer possible and (Ret.) Lt. Gen. William Odom calling for "complete withdrawal" of all U.S. troops, the antiwar movement should demand no less than the immediate withdrawal of the U.S. military – as well as reparations to the Iraqi people, so they can rebuild their own society and genuinely determine their own future.

We call on the U.S. to get out of Iraq – not in six months, not in a year, but now.

Click here to sign the Out Now petition.


$ingapore's Stand On Iraq


The nation-builder press, March 21, 2003.

"($ingapore's) inclusion is a political gesture and does not imply they are making any practical contribution."


The nation-builder press, March 20, 2003.

"...there is no doubt that $ingapore has made the pragmatic decision to stick by the mightiest nation in the world, regardless of the diplomatic riffs it may cause."


The nation-builder press, June 9, 2003.




The nation-builder press, March 12, 2004.

"$ingapore was not wrong to throw its support behind the U.S.-led war on Iraq as the aftermath of the conflict and resulting curbs on the spread of banned weapons has made for a safer regional and international environment."

Note: In 2006, North Korea exploded a nuclear bomb. In December 2006, the U.S. signed an agreement to supply India with the technology to build nuclear weapons.


The nation-builder press, February 22, 2003.

"In $ingapore: Sisters Noor Jahan Ibrahim Kutty and Shareefah were among six who turned up at the US embassy with anti-war placards last Saturday."

Note: "At least $ingaporeans can rest easy that there are six $ingaporeans who have courage to defend their beliefs."



$INGAPOREANS WHO SPOKE AGAINST IRAQ WAR II

Seventeen months ago, on Sept 3, 2002, four Muslim groups in $ingapore asked the PAP government not to support any US-led war on Iraq. The four groups were:

- the Singapore Islamic Scholars and Religious Teachers' Association (Pergas)

- Perdaus, a volunteer-welfare group

- the Muhammadiyah Association which runs religious classes, welfare homes and care centres for the elderly

- Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies

Specifically, the groups asked the government "to oppose, or at least abstain from supporting, any possible collective attacks on Iraq."

They said: "We support the view that all lives are precious whether they are Iraqis, Americans or Israelis. Unfortunately, in any attack, the innocent suffer and die at the expense of the guilty party."

Ustaz Zhulkeflee Haji Ismail, manager of Pergas, explained that they had made their views to "fulfil their role of guiding the public." This is what they got for their effort...





The nation-builder press, Sept 5, 2002. Dr Yaacob Ibrahim has said nothing since the war started and no weapons of mass destruction were found.




The nation-builder press, Sept 5, 2002. Ms Irene Ng is a PAP MP and deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs. Ms Ng has said nothing since the war started and no weapons of mass destruction were found.

GOOD FOR NOTHING



When responding to the Muslim group's appeal, PAP MP Mr Zainudin Nordin (Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC) said: "I believe that going into Iraq is a security issue for the US. It is not a religious issue." Mr Zainuddin has said nothing since the war started and no weapons of mass destruction were found.





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December 22, 2006


 

Ali Abunimah
ElectronicIraq.net

Gilbert Achcar
Author
Clash of Barbarisms

Michael Albert
ZNet

Tariq Ali
Author
Bush in Babylon

Anthony Arnove
Author
Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal

Noam Chomsky
Author
Hegemony or Survival

Kelly Dougherty
Executive Director
Iraq Veterans Against the War*

Eve Ensler
Playwright
The Vagina Monologues

Eduardo Galeano
Author
The Open Veins of Latin America

Rashid Khalidi
Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies
Columbia University

Camilo Mejía
First Iraq War resister to refuse redeployment

Arundhati Roy
Author
God of Small Things

Howard Zinn
Author
A People's History of the United States

* for identification purposes only