Sample Letters to the Editor and Politicians by Mike Yarrow, WWFOR Organizer, with help from friends!

These letters can be adapted to send to your Senators and Congressional Representatives. Note the suggested adaptation of the first letter to the editor. Letters to Congressional Representatives preferably should be mailed to their offices in their home districts (phone books usually have a government section) or faxed or e-mailed. You will find more helpful information in the other materials on this and linked websites. See especially "Talking Points on Iraq Sanctions" and "Background on Iraqi Sanctions."

thanks to Aaron Green for sending this information about an additional resource for sending our opinions to Congress members! Anyone can instantly get the local and federal addresses and fax numbers of their reps by simply typing in their ZIP code at http://capwiz.com/wa/dbq/officials/

Talking Points on Iraq Sanctions also available as pdf file for Adobe Acrobat

Background on Iraq Sanctions also available as pdf file for Adobe Acrobat

To The Editor,

I am concerned about the long-range security of this country. President Bush has promised a long war on terrorism and mentioned 40 countries which could be targets. Sources within and outside the Administration have talked about "finishing the job" in Iraq. Former US Ambassador to the UN, Richard Holbrook was quoted in La Stampa recently: "We will attack Iraq without needing to give any evidence connecting Saddam Hussein to the perpetrators of the Sept 11 events." There were good reasons why the senior Bush did not march on Baghdad. It would create long-term instability in the region and further antipathy toward our country.

The US has a long history of CIA sponsored coups and military actions which have led to tragic results for the countries involved and often rebounded against us such as the overthrow of a democratic government in Iran in 1953 and the support of Saddam Hussein's war against Iran in the 1980s and of Bin Laden in the war against the USSR in Afghanistan.

I believe that a foreign policy based on American values of democracy, justice and self-determination is possible and would bring us more security.

Your Name
Your Address
Your Phone Number

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(because of problems with mail to Washington D.C. Congressional offices, the local offices would be better than the generic addresses below, see the phone book government section)

Congressperson _______
House of Representatives
Washington D.C. 20515

Dear Rep. _______

or

Senator ________
Senate
Washington D.C. 20510

Dear Senator ______,

I am concerned about the long-range security of this country. President Bush has promised a long war on terrorism and mentioned 40 countries which could be targets. Sources within and outside the Administration have talked about "finishing the job" in Iraq. Former US Ambassador to the UN, Richard Holbrook, was quoted in La Stampa recently: "We will attack Iraq without needing to give any evidence connecting Saddam Hussein to the perpetrators of the Sept 11 events." There were good reasons why the senior Bush did not march on Baghdad. It would create long-term instability in the region and further antipathy toward our country.

The US has a long history of CIA-sponsored coups and military actions which have led to tragic results for the countries involved and often rebounded against us such as the overthrow of a democratic government in Iran in 1953 and the support of Saddam Hussein's war against Iran in the 1980s and of Bin Laden in the war against the USSR in Afghanistan.

I believe that a foreign policy based on American values of democracy, justice and self-determination is possible and would bring us more security. I strongly urge you to speak out in the Senate and to the Administration against taking the war on terrorism to Iraq and for halting the economic sanctions in return for Iraq accepting a reasonable international weapons inspection regime.

Please let me know where you stand on and what you are doing about a possible war aginast Iraq.

Your Name
Your Address
Your Phone Number

note: it is always a good idea to ask a politician for a reply!

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To the Editor

A number European and Middle Eastern leaders have expressed their opposition to future escalation of the war on Iraq which the US and Britain have been conducting for the past 11 years. There is evidently a debate in the administration about such action. President Bush has made menacing, but somewhat cryptic, comments suggesting he will punish Iraq for rejecting calls for international weapons inspection. But the Iraqi government has stated that it would accept weapons inspections if the present bombing and devastating economic sanctions are lifted (Iraqi Ambassador to the UN al-Douri, BBC Nov. 29, 2001).

Pursuing military action against Iraq would almost certainly alienate US allies in the Middle East, at a time when it needs their cooperation more than ever. The long-term efficacy of the War on Terrorism will depend on intelligence gathering and effectively freezing terrorist assets in the Muslim world. If the US tries to topple Iraq it risks loosing its grip on terrorist activity elsewhere.

Your Name
Your Address
Your Phone Number

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To The Editor,

According to the UN and international relief agencies hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children have died as a result of economic sanctions against Iraq. There are many in the Bush administration that are calling for military action against Saddam Hussein, and President Bush himself has alluded to unspecified plans to punish Iraq. I am writing because I am worried that as a result of U.S. actions, more innocent children will die. If this war is to happen it will be justified with the claim that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction but outgoing Secretary of Defense, William Cohen told incoming President Bush in January, 2001: "Iraq no longer poses a military threat to its neighbors." Moreover, the Iraqi government is willing to accept weapons inspectors in return for halting the current bombing and economic sanctions.

Unilateral military action will alienate our allies and strengthen our adversaries. The U.K. and France have already indicated that they will not take part in a campaign against Iraq. An attack on Iraq now could be construed by many as a merciless attack against an already suffering civilian population and is likely to increase mounting anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world.

For the children of Iraq, and for the anti-terrorist coalition, a U.S. attack on Iraq would be a disastrous move. You don't go after a dictator by killing the kids!

Your Name
Your Address
Your Phone Number

For more information please visit http://www.forusa.org, http://www.afsc.org, or http://www.endiraqsanctions.org, email iraq@forusa.org, or phone (206) 789-5565.

see also Talking Points on Iraq Sanctions also available as pdf file for Adobe Acrobat

Background on Iraq Sanctions also available as pdf file for Adobe Acrobat


updated August 3, 2002, by Jean Buskin bb369@scn.org

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