Librarians' Petition Against the Occupation of Iraq


Anonymous Patron writes to point us to a link for librarians who want to sign a petition against the occupation of Iraq.
It is entitled, "Librarians Say No to Occupation."
It is part of the Librarians for Peace website.


I think everyone is against the occupation of Iraq, however I am certain not everyone shares the same belief that the removal of Saddam Hussein, a murderous tyrant, was a bad thing.

Is there an online petition for people who oppose genocidal heads of state and thinks they should be removed, by force if necessary.

(Of course an online petition is an exercise in futility.)

I agree that to accomplish anything, write a letter, sign it and send it via the U.S. Postal Service. I'm not sure that Saddam Hussein would have been my first priority, but I also respect your point. My friend noted that he saw a bumper sticker that said we should respect difference. I'm not sure that directly relates to Iraq because of your point, but I also think we need to be aware of our standing in the eyes of the world community. There are worse heads of states who are much more brutal. We did not remove them. We must consider why we send our people to change flags. There is slavery in some countries, but we don't invade.

Being a librarian for peace -- I think this is a pretty complex war with many perspectives and that you can both desire peace and realize we're there and that the troops need our support until we can bring them home -- hopefully as soon as possible. What is important to me -- primarily -- is the welfare of our troops, who make about $14,000 and are terribly overtaxed in every way. That's not to say that this is my war. I am just sensitive that we can be against the war and support the folks willing to come back in a body bag. I'm glad that a lot of Americans seem to be discussing the war daily. I don't want us to forget we're at war.

I disagree. I think most Americans are in favor of the occupation of Iraq and say so. They think it is necessary to prevent chaos and "ease into" a situation of sovereignty. Some people disagree, and think our presence is doing more harm than good, and that our intention in being there has more to do with influencing the nature of their future government and assuring that it will be friendly to us than in preventing chaos. The petition is for the latter group.I also degree that an online petition is an exercise in futilty and take exception to your "of course." Do you have evidence for this assertion?Some of the uses for a petition: A letter is more effective when it is sent with a hundred or a thousand signatures, especially if they are all members of a respected profession with a certain societal role. It also provides moral support to the people who sign it, because it is a form of speech. Each person who signs the petition is vocally supporting every other person who signs it. The more unpopular the idea, the more real this benefit is. It can really give a person a feeling of not being alone.

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