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President George W. Bush has requested authorization from Congress for a unilateral preemptive military attack on Iraq, with the object of overthrowing the government of that country. We look upon this circumstance with profound sorrow and dismay. Such a war would be in violation of our obligations under the Charter of the United Nations and it would set an extremely dangerous precedent. It would have disastrous consequences on the welfare and the lives of fellow human beings, both soldiers and civilians. Its repercussions would extend beyond the borders of Iraq throughout the entire region and even the world. Its cost in resources that might otherwise be put to use for peaceful purposes would be immense.
In the light of truth, we utterly reject the principle of preemptive war and the president's proposal to apply it in Iraq. We, members and attenders of Juneau Friends Meeting, appeal to President Bush to stay his hand from the sword of war. We appeal to the members of Congress, and in particular our Alaska delegation, if he persists on his course, to withhold from him the authorization our Constitution requires before this country engages in war.
for Juneau Friends Meeting