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United for Peace of Pierce County - The Voters' Pledge
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UNITED FOR PEACE OF PIERCE COUNTY

"We nonviolently oppose the reliance on unilateral military actions rather than cooperative diplomacy."

THE VOTERS' PLEDGE

July 6, 2006

"I will not vote for or support any candidate for Congress or President who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq, and preventing any future war of aggression, a public position in his or her campaign."

This brief statement of intent is called the Voters' Pledge. Its goal: to constitute an identifiable bloc of voters who will not vote for any candidate who does not make a rapid withdrawal from Iraq and opposition to wars of aggression (which in practice are often labled "pre-emptive wars" in order to disguise their aggressive character) a part of his or her campaign. We urge all voters to consider this statement, and to join Michael Berg (the first person to sign the pledge), Cindy Sheehan, and Daniel Ellsberg in signing the statement online if they agree.

Neither the Republican party nor the Democratic party stands clearly against the war in Iraq or against wars of aggression. American politicians need to know: for us, these are non-negotiable issues. We stand against crimes against the peace, and will not vote for those who are unable clearly to articulate the principles that Henry L. Stimson (1867-1950), Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954), Francis Biddle (1886-1968), John Parker (1885-1958), and Telford Taylor (1908-1998) of the United States helped formulate at the Nuremberg Trials.

United for Peace of Pierce County is not a partisan organization, and we do not endorse partisan political campaigns. But we stand firmly against candidates who are unable to denounce aggressive war as incompatible with core American values of liberty and justice for all, a menace to peace, and a subversion of the United Nations Charter, which remains humanity's best hope of an institutional structure delegitimizing the use of force to settle differences between nations.

Had these simple principles been observed, how many thousands of people who are dead would now be alive? How many hundreds of billions of dollars squandered on war would be available for spending on health, education, research, and aid to those who desperately need it?

We advocate an end to the occupation of Iraq, but we must not turn our backs on the people of Iraq. The people of the United States have incurred enormous obligations for the harm that we have done. But building permanent bases in Iraq and maintaining U.S. military forces is a recipe for disaster.

Even as the United States military is bogged down in Iraq, hawks in the Bush administration are pushing for a violent confrontation with Iran. We oppose this and all acts of aggressive war. Candidates who are running for office should know: failure to oppose wars of aggression is unacceptable.

UNITED FOR PEACE OF PIERCE COUNTY

"We nonviolently oppose the reliance on unilateral military actions rather than cooperative diplomacy."