We want our voices added to the many people worldwide who are speaking against our government's threat to invade Iraq in spite of the fact that most of the world does not believe such a war would be justified. In explaining our opposition we want to borrow the words Sen. Robert Byrd recently spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate. The speech in its entirety was printed in Sunday's New York Times. "To contemplate war is to think about the most horrible of human experiences... This coming battle, if it materializes, represents a turning point in U.S. foreign policy and possibly a turning point in the recent history of the world."
The change in policy to unilateral first strike leads us down a slippery slope. It increases, rather than decreases the threat to our soldiers and citizens. It threatens our economy and the world economy. It alters the trust relationships our nation has built with our allies around the world and is inconsistent with the goals of a worldwide effort to counter terrorism. We need our allies. To quote Sen. Byrd again, "We may have massive military might, be we cannot fight a global war against terrorism alone."
Juneau residents have an opportunity to voice their opposition to this war by walking in protest this Saturday morning at Twin Lakes. The march for peace begins at 10 a.m. The more voices for peace, the better the chance for a peaceful resolution.
Sen. Byrd says, "We are truly sleep-walking through history... This war is not necessary at this time. Pressure appears to be having a good result in Iraq. Our mistake was to put ourselves in a corner so quickly. Our challenge is to now find a graceful way out of a box of our own making. Perhaps there is still a way if we allow more time." Let's wake up before we are part of a massive unprovoked military attack on another nation.
Jim and Jean Ann Alter