Push for an Iraq withdrawal


Published: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 12:06 a.m.
The Gainesville Interfaith Peace Center membership, which represents a number of local religious groups, is deeply disappointed by the president's announcement of a major escalation of the war in Iraq and not so veiled threats of war with Iran and Syria.
It is our fervent hope that the people of our community and country will flood Congress with messages urging strong action to establish a new bipartisan political strategy for ending the U.S. military presence in Iraq. (Call members of Congress at 1-800-614-2803.) This plan should:
  • Set a date for withdrawing U.S. military forces.
  • Initiate negotiations that include the Iraqis fighting the Iraqi government and U.S. forces.
  • Diplomatically engage with Iraq's neighbors to agree on a responsible plan for meeting a date for withdrawal.
  • Impose conditions on any new funding to prevent its being used for a military escalation.
    We need to act quickly and responsibly as many lives depend on our actions. Living out our faith requires nothing less.

    Donald C. Smith,

    Gainesville Interfaith Peace Center

    Gainesville

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