Saturday, July 23, 2005

PRELIMINARY DECLARATION OF THE JURY OF CONSCIENCE WORLD TRIBUNAL ON IRAQ

In February 2003, weeks before war was declared on Iraq, millions of people protested in the streets of the world. That call went unheeded. No international institution had the courage or conscience to stand up to the aggression of the US and UK governments. No one could stop them. It is two years later now. Iraq has been invaded, occupied, and devastated. The attack on Iraq is an attack on justice, on liberty, on our safety, on our future, on us all. We the people of conscience decided to stand up. We formed the World Tribunal on Iraq, to demand justice and a peaceful future.
The legitimacy of the World Tribunal on Iraq is located in the collective conscience of humanity. This, the Istanbul session, was the culmination of a series of 20 hearings held in different cities of the world focusing on the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq.
We the Jury of Conscience, from 10 different countries, met in Istanbul. We heard 54 testimonies from a panel of advocates and witnesses who came from across the world, including from Iraq, the United States and the United Kingdom.
The World Tribunal on Iraq met in Istanbul from 24-26th of June 2005. The principal objective of the WTI is to tell the truth about the Iraq war as clearly as possible, and to draw conclusions that underscore the accountability of those responsible and underline the significance of justice for the Iraqi people.


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2 Comments:

At 7/23/2005 4:43 PM , Blogger Brick Sykes said...

Wow...

Am I the only one looking at the Big Picture? Seems everybody has their favorite Bush-invented crisis to carp over, but when will we start talking about what all this mess is really about?

It should be evident to all that the Repugnicons openly despise any form of "government"...its been their rallying cry for the last three decades. Also, it is run by the "public" which is the antithesis of their beloved "Private Enterprise" sector. To deny that they are hellbent on privatizing any form of organized human involvement in this life business is denial at its worst.

They are now privatizing: the Postal Service (replacing it with FedEx, UPS, etc.); the prison system; the church (replacing traditional Churches with Evangicons); the Military (deactivating active duty and the Guard with "contractors" and "mercenaries").

We haven't seen any coverage of this idea because they have managed to keep Americans embroiled in minor skirmishes, Rove-gate, Iraq-gate, Christ-gate, SCOTUS-gate, etc. We already know, though, that they have privatized suffrage through e-vote, etc.

We're really in a pickle

 
At 7/23/2005 6:18 PM , Blogger ProgressivePatriot said...

Howdy Brick,

No you aren't the only one....on this blog and many others there are articles and opinions on the issues you mention.

This regime creates so many crisises that prioritization is the key on any given day.

Good blog you have...keep it up!!

 

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