As George Bush II prepares to initiate an unprovoked attack on Iraq, violating the principles of the United Nations Charter, International Law and as we have signed these principles, our Constitution. His planned attack is opposed by all nations of the world with two exceptions, is opposed by the majority of people of the United States, and he claims he does not need the consent of the Congress, in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

An unprovoked attack on Iraq whose people suffered in the Gulf War and have continued to suffer and die in the tens of thousands in the continuous bombing and embargo for the last ten years, would outrage the Arabic people and other Islamic people in the area and around the world, potentially leading to the overthrow of several Islamic countries and the rise to power of fundamentalist regimes and attacks on Americans and American institutions in the U.S. and around the world.

Such a war would plant the seeds of multiple bin Ladens.

Whether you agree or not that non-violent means are the best, it is clear that the approach of the Bush Administration is poor military tactics in the war against terrorism.

The Congress of the United States does not have the courage to stand up against the Bush Maladministration. It is important that you call and/or email and/or write your representative and Senators and let them know you do not want this war and give them courage.

So click on the email addresses and either copy these sample letters, use them as a starting point, or best of all write your own. Also call and/or fax your Representative and Senators and let them know how you feel. It is quite easy and quick. They will want to know your address (to ascertain that you are a resident) and your opinion and probably will cut you short if you go on long. Please be polite! The people who answer the phone are public servants. Some say that written letters of your own sent by mail have the most impact - be sure to include your address or at least your town. Post cards are another option. Some things to keep in mind: 1) if you email, the subject line should state your position concisely; 2) the first sentence of an email, letter or fax should be as concise a statement of your position as you can, followed by any qualifications or detailed statements or arguments. Unfortunately, the recipients will probably not read past the first sentence or paragraph and merely tally it.

    - Frank Merewether

Sample Letters

Dear Senator Patrick Leahy:

I oppose any resolution that supports military action against Iraq or that the Bush Administration can twist to justify an attack on Iraq or any other country.

Furthermore, the next time you come up for election, I promise to vote for you and support your reelection if you vote against it and vote against you, and work for your defeat, if you vote for any such resolution.

This holds regardless of any UN resolution.

Thank you.


Frank Merewether [replace with your name]
your town & state


Dear Congressman Bass,

I am deeply concerned about the discourse regarding pre-emptive strikes on Iraq, Before September 11 2001 there was no such excited discussion, and I am concerned that the administration is taking advantage of the current public sentiments of fear and anger by misdirecting them toward Iraq. Recognize that we have not, despite considerable effort, been able to link Iraq's government or military to the events of September 11. An attack on Iraq would in fact do nothing to diminish threats of terrorism, but rather will fan the flames of hatred toward the US, and likely lead to more acts of terrorism.

If our goal is truly to prevent the development and deployment of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, it is imperative that we work to secure resumption of UN weapons inspections. The conditions set forth by Iraq for inspections to resume are reasonable: lifting economic sanctions in return for compliance - this would be a powerful incentive for cooperation and would do much to alleviate the long suffering of the Iraqi people - and a promise to respect the sovereignty of Iraq - without this, Iraq has no reason to participate in any diplomatic efforts. US unwillingness to consider these conditions brings into question our commitment to peace and leaves the world to wonder what our true intentions are.

This is not an extraordinary moment with regard to the threat from Iraq, but is in fact no different than it was before September 11. We are neither under attack nor do we have reason to believe we are about to be attacked. International law and the Charter of the United Nations do not support our taking military action under these circumstances.

President Bush has stated publicly that he intends to make his decision without regard for public opinion, he has shown in many ways that he has no interest in world opinion, and is only reluctantly offering to consult with Congress. This is terribly frightening. I implore you to work toward democratic decision-making here and toward real peace and security in the world.


[your name]
your town & state

more sample letters

Vermont legislators

Senator Patrick Leahy         202-224-4242  800-642-3193  Fax: 802-658-1009
433 Russell Senate Office Bldg, Washington DC 20515-4502

Senator James Jeffords         202-224-5141  800-835-5500 Fax: 802-860-7624
728 Hart Senate Office Bldg, Washington DC 20510-4503

Representative Bernie Sanders         202-225-4115  800-339-9834   Fax: 202-225-6790
2135 Rayburn House Office Bldg, Washington DC 20515-4501

New Hampshire Legislators

Senator Judd Gregg         202-224-3324
393 Russell Senate Office Bldg, Washington DC 20510-2902

Senator Robert Smith       202-224-2841  Fax 202-224-1353
NH Office: 603-634-5000 Fax 603-634-5003
307 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg, Washington DC 20510-2903

Representative Charles Bass         : (202) 225-5206  Fax: (202) 225-2946
NH Office: (603) 226-0249  Fax: (603) 226-0476
218 Cannon House Office Bldg, Washington DC 20515-2902

Rep. John Sununu (R-NH 1st)     (202) 225-5456  800-649-7290   Fax: (202) 225-5822
316 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-2901

Reward and support the Heroes who support peace

And it's still appropriate to support the military's reluctance to fight a war the American people do not want. Let them know. The vote in Congress is not the vote of the People.

Contact Potential Presidential Candidates for 2004

Howard Dean    802-846-6600
Dean for America
PO Box 1228
Burlington, VT05402

Senator John Kerry       (202) 224-2742  fax: (202) 224-8525
304 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2102

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT)         (202) 224-4041 fax: (202) 224-9750
706 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-0703

Sen. Joseph Biden, Jr. (D-DE)     (202) 224-5042  fax: (202) 224-0139
221 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-0802

House Minority Leader
Richard Gephardt (D-Missouri)   (202) 225-2671 or 202.225.0100  fax: 202.225.7452
1236 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-2503


Find other elected Officials at Friends Committee on National Legislation

Use this toll free number 1-800-839-5276 to call the Congressional Switchboard Operator and ask for your Senators and House Representative. The link above (FCNL) will tell you who your representative is given your zip code.

Also phone the White House at 202-456-1111. A machine will detain you for only a moment and then a pleasant live operator will thank you for saying "I oppose" (or "I approve of") the proposed war against Iraq. The president wants to know.
Tell him. Time is running out.

Senate Minority Leader
Thomas Daschle (D - SD)     (202) 224-2321  Fax: (202) 224-6603
509 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-4103

Senate Majority Leader
Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS)   ph. 202-224-6253   Fax: 202 224-2262
487 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2403

House Minority Leader     importance of contacting Gephart now
Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-MO)   ph. 202-225-2671  Fax: (202) 225-7452
1236 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-2503

Speaker of House
Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-IL)   ph. 202-225-2976  Fax: (202) 225-0697
2369 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-1314

Majority Leader of House
Rep. Richard Armey (R-TX)   (202) 225-7772   Fax: (202) 226-8100
301 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-4326

Senator Byrd is treatening to mount a filibuster against the President's resolution to attack Iraq
Let him know we support him
Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV)    (202) 224-3954 Fax: (202) 228-0002
311 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-4801

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