SATURDAY, APRIL 12:
NATIONAL MARCH on WASHINGTON

STOP THE WAR ON IRAQ!
Gather at 12 noon
March on the White House

On Saturday, April 12, join the tens of thousands of
people of conscience who will surround the White House.
The whole world is watching to see if the people of the
United States can intensify the power of the anti-war
movement at the moment that the Bush Administration is
intending to slaughter tens of thousands of Iraqi people
and occupy their country. We urge every anti-war organizer
and concerned person to bring your friends, neighbors and
family members to this all-important mobilization on April
12.

The world is in a state of Shock and Revulsion as the
murderous Bush Administration follows through on its
promise to "Shock and Awe" the Iraqi people by dropping
thousands of bombs and missiles on their capital, a city
that is home to 4.5 million human beings. Baghdad has been
bombed relentlessly, terrorizing the occupants of that
city and of the entire country. U.S. "precision" bombs
have slammed into poor residential neighborhoods in
Baghdad and a busy shopping street. U.S. and British
troops are leaving a "trail of death" in their wake as
they invade and bomb Iraq and reporters describe charred
corpses littering the roads to Baghdad as well as in its
streets. U.S. and British forces have laid siege to Basra,
bombing and destroying the electrical supply to the main
water plant and blocking the Iraqi food distribution
system into Basra. The people of Basra are now starving
and without water; various U.N. agencies state that Basra
is in humanitarian crises and on the verge of a major
cholera outbreak and massive child mortality. This crisis
is caused by the U.S. attack coupled with the effect of 12
years of U.S.-led U.N. economic sanctions. The United
States government is telling the people of Basra that they
may only have food and water if they rise up against the
Iraqi government and accept the U.S. occupation.

The Iraqi people and the U.S. GIs who have been killed and
wounded and are suffering are the casualties of George W.
Bush's unprovoked war of aggression. We extend our
heartfelt sympathies to the families of all those who have
been killed and wounded as a consequence of this illegal
imperialist war.

This horrific unprovoked attack on Iraq must be understood
as one of the extreme terrorist acts of modern times.
Cruise missiles launched from submarines and aircraft
hundreds of miles away and 2,000 lb. bombs dropped from
30,000 ft. up are the latest example of the Bush
administration's criminal resort to limitless violence and
terrorism in order to achieve its objectives of conquest
and occupation. The hypocrisy of the war against Iraq is
extreme: the most powerful military in the world waging
first strike war with the most advanced weapons against an
impoverished country on the pretext that it someday may
possess such weapons.

The world has entered a new phase. The Bush Administration
is hell bent on world domination. The war on Iraq was
meant to signal that the U.S. use of raw military power
will be the means to create a new era of Empire. We
understand that the war on Iraq is only one of the fronts
on which the United States government is determined to
build a world empire. The U.S. is also waging war in
Colombia, training future death squads at the dreaded
School of the Americas/WHISC, and waging economic war
through the IMF, World Bank, and free trade treaties such
as the Free Trade Area of the Americas agreement.

To the shock of the warmakers, their plans have ignited a
world movement of opposition and solidarity. In addition
to the well publicized demonstrations in Europe and the
Middle East, nearly every country in Latin America has
participated in massive street demonstrations and the
continent has nearly unanimously rejected Bush's
"Coalition of the Willing." For months this movement has
delayed and restrained the war plans for Iraq. Bush and
Co. have lost all legitimacy and they are isolated. The
people's movement has deprived them of the any threadbare
claim to legality.

April 12 comes in the midst of the long-planned
"Mobilization Against Military and Economic Intervention
in Latin America and the Caribbean" organized by the Latin
America Solidarity Coalition (LASC). This coalition, which
includes some members of the A.N.S.W.E.R Steering
Committee, has called for a series of actions from April
10- 15. In addition to converging in Washington on
Saturday April 12 for the mass march on the White House to
Stop the War on Iraq, A.N.S.W.E.R. encourages you to
travel to DC in time for the public opening plenary of the
LASC conference on Friday evening, April 11, and to stay
for a demonstration on Sunday, April 13 focusing on Latin
America Solidarity which will march to several corporate
and financial institutions before arriving at the World
Bank. Visit the LASC web page at www.lasolidarity.org for
full details.

Today our hearts are filled with both anger at the war and
sadness for the suffering people of Iraq who are enduring
this unprovoked terrorist attack, and for the grieving
families of the sons and daughters of America who Bush has
sent to kill and be killed for his war of aggression and
conquest. But sadness and grief should be coupled with a
profound understanding that the sudden emergence of a new
global movement offers the best and only hope that the
U.S. government's plans for militarism, war and domination
-- the doctrine of endless war -- can and will be
overcome. In the days ahead we must intensify the struggle
against this cruel war.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

* SPREAD THE WORD! Forward this email, and download
flyers, posters and stickers from the A.N.S.W.E.R. web
page (available by Thursday).

* ORGANIZE BUSES TO DC. Let us know about transportation
from your city. Fill out the form at
http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/a12/index.html#transp
(if this link does not take you directly to the form,
scroll down) to list your transportation plans.

* ENDORSE THE MOBILIZATION at
http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/a12/index.html#endo
(if this link does not take you directly to the form,
scroll down)

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