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Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in General News

STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR IRAQ WAR RESISTER KIMBERLEY RIVERA

STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR IRAQ WAR RESISTER KIMBERLEY RIVERA

 

CANADIAN VOICE OF WOMEN FOR PEACE – LYN ADAMSON, CO-CHAIR

 

The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace is here to stand with Kim Rivera.  We applaud her courage in the resisting the illegal and unjust war in Iraq.  Her conscience brought her to Canada.  We support her presence in Canada and we are ashamed of the decision of this government to deport her.

 

In February of 2003, millions of people from all around the world came out on the streets to demonstrate, to say ‘this is an illegal war, this is wrong, don’t attack Iraq’.  The people of this world and of this country know that war is not the answer.  The trillions of dollars squandered on this destructive war could instead have been spent building peace and

justice, meeting millennium development goals, and responding to the real threats to our survival – climate change and nuclear weapons- not the manufactured threat of ‘terrorists’.

 

War itself is terrorism, and we do not accept it.

 

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

Dwight Eisenhower, 34th US president, April 16, 1953

Under the UN Charter wars of aggression are illegal.  The excuse of Weapons of Mass Destruction was a lie.