From: Committee On the Middle East (COME): 

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>         D  O     N  O  T     B  O  M  B     I  R  A  Q 
> 
>   A Major Historic Statement from The Committee On The Middle East
>           (COME Advisory Committee members listed at end)
> 
>    While the United States clearly has the military power to further 
> devastate and prostrate Iraq, we strongly believe that the course the 
> U.S. has chosen is not only grossly unjust, but also exceedingly 
> hypocritical and duplicitous.  We further believe that though the U.S. 
> may be able to pursue its imperial policies without substantial 
> opposition in the short term, the policies being pursued today, 
> especially the new and massive military assault being prepared against 
> Iraq, are likely to have tremendously negative historical ramifications.
>    As Middle East experts and scholars - many with close and personal 
> ties to this long troubled and misunderstood region - we feel a 
> political, a moral, and a historical responsibility to speak up in 
> clear opposition at this critical time.
> 
>                 Origins of Today's Imbroglio:
> 
>    Throughout this century Western countries, primarily the United 
> States and Great Britain, have continually interfered in and 
> manipulated events in the Middle East. The origins of the 
> Iraq/Kuwait conflict can be found in the unilateral British decision 
> during the early years of this century to essentially cut off a 
> piece of Iraq to suit British Empire desires of that now faded era.  
>    Rather than agreeing to Arab self-determination at the end of World 
> War I and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, Western nations conspired 
> to divide the Arab world into a number of artificial and barely viable 
> entities; to install Arab "client regimes" throughout the region, to 
> make these regimes dependent on Western economic and military power 
> for survival; and then to impose an ongoing series of economic, 
> cultural, and political arrangements seriously detrimental to the 
> people of the area.  This is the historical legacy that we live with
today.
>    Throughout the 1930s and the 1940s the West further manipulated the
> affairs of the Middle East in order to control the resources of the
> region and then to create a Jewish homeland in an area long considered
> central to Arab nationalism and Muslim concerns.  Playing off one regime
> against the other and one geopolitical interest against another became a
> major preoccupation for Western politicians and their closely associated
> business interests.
> 
>                   Following World War II:
> 
>    After World War II, and from these policy origins, the United States
> became the main Western power in the region, supplanting the key roles
> formerly played by Britain and France.  In the 1960s Gamel Abdel Nasser
> was the target of Western condemnation for his attempt to reintegrate
> the Arab world and to pursue independent "non-aligned" policies. By the
> 1970s the CIA had established close working relationships with key Arab
> client regimes from Morocco and Jordan to Saudi Arabia and Iran -
regimes
> that even then were among the most repressive and undemocratic in the
> world - in order to further American domination and to secure an
> ever-growing supply of inexpensive oil and the resultant flow of
> petrodollars.
>    By the late 1970s the counter-reaction of the Iranian revolution was 
> met with a Western build-up of the very same Iraqi regime that is so
> condemned today in a vain attempt to use Iraq to crush the new Iranian
> regime.  The result was millions of deaths coming on top of the
> terrible devastation of Lebanon, itself a country that had been severed
> from Greater Syria by Western intrigues, as had been the area of
> southern Syria, then known as Palestine.  Additionally the Israelis 
> were given the green light to invade Lebanon, further devastate the
> Palestinians, and install a puppet Lebanese government - an attempt
> which failed leading to an American and Israeli retreat but ongoing
> militarism to this day.  Meanwhile, throughout all these years Western 
> manipulation of oil supplies and pricing, coupled with arms sales 
> policies, often seriously exacerbated tensions between countries in 
> the region leading to the events of this decade.
> 
>                       The Gulf Conflict:
> 
>    It was precisely such American manipulations and intrigues that led 
> to the Gulf War in 1990.  Indeed, we would be remiss if we did not note
> that there is already much historical evidence that the U.S. actually
> maneuvered Iraq into the invasion of Kuwait, repeatedly suggesting to
> Iraq that it would become the pivotal military state of the area in 
> coordination with the U.S.   Whether true or not the U.S. subsequently 
> did everything in its power to prevent a peaceful resolution of the 
> conflict and for the first time intervened with massive and overwhelming
> military force in the region creating today's dangerously unstable 
> quagmire.
>    The initially stated American goal was only to protect Saudi Arabia. 
> Then after the unprecedented  military build-up the goal became to expel
> Iraq from Kuwait.  Then the goal evolved to toppling  the Iraqi
> government.  And from there the Americans began to impose various limits
> on Iraqi sovereignty; took over much of Iraq air space; sent the CIA to
> repeatedly attempt to topple the Iraqi government; and placed a
> near-total embargo on Iraq that many - including a former Attorney 
> General of the United States - have termed near-genocidal.  The overall 
> result has been the subjugation and impoverishment of Iraq and the 
> actual death of approximately 5% of the Iraqis as the direct result 
> of American sanctions, plus the reallocation of oil quotes and 
> petrodollars to American client-states.
>    With the Clinton Administration, the U.S. began to insist on the 
> "dual containment" of both Iraq and Iran - both countries which just a 
> few years ago the U.S. was working very closely with and providing 
> considerable arms to.   With few in the press able to remember from 
> one year to the next, or to connect one historic event with another, 
> somehow Washington has come to insist on Iraqi disarmament and Iranian 
> strangulation.  Furthermore, these policies are being pursued even 
> while Israel and key Arab client states are receiving American weapons 
> in ever larger amounts, with Israel's weapons of mass destruction 
> making her forces 7 to 8 times stronger than all Arab armies combined.
> Furthermore still, the U.S. and Israeli strategic alliance has never 
> been closer, the U.S. has repeatedly helped Israel defy the will of 
> the international community and the United Nations, and the U.S. 
> continues to champion a disingenuous Israeli "peace process" which 
> in reality on the ground continues to dispossess the Palestinians 
> and to corral them onto reservations in their own country!
> 
>                               The Future:
> 
>    In a future statement we will move on to the crucial subject of what
> alternative policies the United States should be pursuing.  But at this
> critical moment we are compelled to come forward and urgently condemn
> the policies now being pursued by the United States and regional ally
> Israel.  We call for an immediate cessation of the economic embargo 
> against Iraq, an end to U.S.-imposed restrictions on Iraqi sovereignty 
> and airspace, and most of all immediate suspension of all plans to 
> attack Iraq using the overwhelming technological and military
> instruments available to the U.S.
>    If the U.S. continues to pursue its current policies then we 
> conclude and predict it will not be unreasonable for many in the world 
> to brand the U.S. itself as a arrogant and imperialist state, and if 
> that becomes the historical paradigm it will be both understandable 
> and justifiable if others pursue whatever means are available to them 
> to oppose American domination and militarism.  Such developments could
> quite possibly lead to still more decades of conflict, warfare, and 
> terrorism throughout the region and beyond.
> 
>                 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
> 
> COME Advisory Committee: Arab Abdel-Hadi - Cairo; Professor Nahla
> Abdo - Carleton University (Ottawa); Professor Elmoiz Abunura -
> University of North Carolina (Ashville); Professor Jane Adas - Rutgers
> University (NJ); Oroub Alabed - World Food Program (Amman); Professor
> Faris Albermani - University of Queensland (Australia); Professor Jabbar
> Alwan, DePaul University (Chicago); Professor Alex Alland, Columbia
> University (New York); Professor Abbas Alnasrawi - University of Vermont
> (Burlington); Professor Michael Astour - University of Southern
> Illinois; Virginia Baron - Guilford, CT.; Professor Mohammed Benayoune -
> Sultan Qaboos University (Oman); Professor Charles Black - Emeritus Yale
> University Law School; Professor Francis O. Boyle, University of
> Illinois Law School (Champlain);  Mark Bruzonsky - COME Chairperson
> (Washington); Linda Brayer - Ex. Dir., Society of St. Ives (Jerusalem);
> Professor Noam Chomsky - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
> (Cambridge); Ramsey Clark - Former U.S. Attorney General (New York);
> Professor Frank Cohen - SUNY, Binghamton; John Cooley - Author, Cyprus; 
> Professor Mustafah Dhada - School of International Affairs, Clark 
> Atlanta University; Zuhair Dibaja - Research Fellow, University of 
> Helsinki; Professor Mohamed El-Hodiri - University of Kansas; Professor 
> Richard Falk - Princeton University; Professor Ali Ahmed Farghaly - 
> University of Michigan (Ann Arbor); Professor Ali Fatemi - American 
> University (Paris); Michai Freeman - Berkeley; Professor S.M. 
> Ghazanfar - University of Idaho (Chair, Economics Dept); Professor
> Kathrn Green - California State University (San Bernadino); Nader 
> Hashemi - Ottawa, Canada; Professor M. Hassouna - Georgia; Professor 
> Clement Henry - University of Texas (Austin); Professor Herbert Hill - 
> University of Wisconsin (Madison); Professor Asaf Hussein - U.K.; 
> Yudit Ilany - Jerusalem; Professor George Irani - Lebanese American 
> University (Beirut); Tahir Jaffer - Nairobi, Kenya; David Jones - 
> Editor, New Dawn Magazine, Australia; Professor Elie Katz - Sonoma 
> State University, CA; Professor George Kent - University of Hawaii;
> Professor Ted Keller - San Francisco State University, Emeritus; 
> John F. Kennedy - Attorney at Law, Washington; Samaneh Khader - 
> Graduate Student in Theology, University of Helsinki; Professor 
> Ebrahim Khoda - University of Western Australia; Guida Leicester, 
> San Francisco; Jeremy Levin - Former CNN Beirut Bureau Chief 
> (Portland); Professor Seymour Melman - Columbia University (New
> York); Dr. Avi Melzer - Frankfurt; Professor Alan Meyers - Boston
> University; Professor Michael Mills - Vista College (Berkeley, CA);
> Kamram Mofrad - Idaho; Shahab Mushtaq - Knox College; Professor Minerva
> Nasser-Eddine - University of Adelaide (Australia); Professor Peter
> Pellett - University of Massachussetts (Amherst); Professor Max Pepper,
> M.D. - University of Massachusetts (Amherst); Professor Ruud Peters -
> Universiteit van Amsterdam; Professor Glenn Perry - Indiana State
> University; Professor Tanya Reinhart - Tel Aviv University; Professor
> Shalom Raz - Technion (Haifa); Professor Knut Rognes - Stavanger College
> (Norway); Professor Masud Salimian - Morgan State University
> (Baltimore); Professor Mohamed Salmassi - University of Massachusetts;
> Qais Saleh - Graduate Student, International University (Japan); Ali
> Saidi - J.D. candidate in international law (Berkeley, CA); Dr. Eyad
> Sarraj - Gaza, Occupied Palestine; Henry Schwarzschild - New York
> (original co-founder - deceased); Professor Herbert Schiller -
> University of California (San Diego); Peter Shaw-Smith - Journalist,
> London; David Shomar - New York; Dr. Manjra Shuaib - CapeTown (South
> Africa); Robert Silverman - Montreal; Professor J. David Singer - 
> University of Michigan (Ann Arbor); Professor Majid Tehranian - 
> Director Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy (University of 
> Hawaii); Dr. Marlyn Tadros - Deputy Director, Legal Research and 
> Resource Center for Human Rights (Cairo); Ismail Zayid, M.D. - 
> Dalhousi University (Canada).
> 
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