PPRC Denounces Bush’s Ultimatum to UN, Condemns Israeli Bulldozer-Murder of American Volunteer, Prepares for War.

Event: PPRC Condemns Bush’s Decision to Attack.
Date: Monday, March 17th, 2003
Time: Immediate Release
Place: N/A

“The death of Rachel Corrie, crushed to death by an IDF bulldozer as she tried to prevent the destruction of a Palestinian home, painfully emphasizes to us the moral degradation of the Israeli government and of the US foreign policy that supports the occupation,” said Will Seaman, a volunteer with the PPRC. “The IDF’s indiscriminate use of extreme brutality and intense violence has now been illustrated by the tragic deaths not only of Palestinians, but of two Israelis and a young, courageous 23-year-old from Olympia, Washington.” Seaman was referring to the death last week of two Israeli security guards who were killed when they were mistaken for Palestinian “terrorists”. “This is the future that Bush is planning for the rest of the world,” said Seaman. “A future of indiscriminate tragedy inflicted upon combatant and noncombatant alike, brutal murder of friend and foe, a future of pain, violence and despair.”

“With Bush’s ultimatum to the UN, and his call for the UN inspectors to leave Iraq, he has signed the death warrant for countless innocent Iraqis and for countless innocent Americans and British who will doubtless be the target of bloody retaliation,” said Seaman. Seaman cited a Los Angeles Times report that repeated earlier CIA assessments predicting increased terrorist attacks in response to the US war.1 “Like Ariel Sharon in his campaign to ethnically cleanse the occupied territories, George Bush has embraced a strategy that deliberately provokes terror in order to frighten Americans into supporting a foreign policy that they would otherwise reject,” said Seaman. “If you want to know our future, look at the horrible violence of the Israel/Palestine conflict, an endless cycle of violence that has blinded almost everyone to the underlying injustice that is fueling the conflict.”

If the war begins, the PPRC along with many other anti-war groups, will hold an emergency rally at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 4:00 p.m.. If the war begins after 4:00 p.m., the emergency rally will be held the following day at 4:00 p.m.. “We face now what we’d hoped to prevent, a criminal and unnecessary war,” said Seaman.


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