Appeal from U.S. to World: Help Us Resist U.S. Crimes

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Since the end of the Cold War, the United States of America has systematically violated the prohibition against the threat or use of force contained in the UN Charter and the Kellogg Briand Pact. It has carved out a regime of impunity for its crimes based on its UN Security Council veto, non-recognition of international courts and sophisticated "information warfare" that undermines the rule of law with political justifications for otherwise illegal threats and uses of force.

Former Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin B. Ferencz has compared current U.S. policy to the illegal German "preemptive first strike" policy for which senior German officials were convicted of aggression at Nuremberg and sentenced to death by hanging.

In 2002, the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy described post-September 11th U.S. doctrine as "a call for 21st century American imperialism that no other nation can or should accept." And yet the U.S. government has succeeded in assembling alliances and ad hoc "coalitions" to support threats and attacks on a series of targeted countries, while other countries have stood by silently or vacillated in their efforts to uphold international law. In effect, the U.S. has pursued a successful diplomatic policy of "divide and conquer" to neutralize global opposition to wars that have killed about 2 million people and plunged country after country into intractable chaos.

As representatives of civil society in the United States, the undersigned U.S. citizens and advocacy groups are sending this emergency appeal to our neighbors in our increasingly interconnected but threatened world. We ask you to stop providing military, diplomatic or political support for U.S. threats or uses of force; and to support new initiatives for multilateral cooperation and leadership, not dominated by the United States, to respond to aggression and settle international disputes peacefully as required by the UN Charter.

We pledge to support and cooperate with international efforts to stand up to and stop our country's systematic aggression and other war crimes. We believe that a world united to uphold the UN Charter, the rule of international law and our common humanity can and must enforce U.S. compliance with the rule of law to bring lasting peace to the world we all share.

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426-450 of 11749 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comments.
11324 1 year ago Barry Cheney Hickory, NC
11323 1 year ago john lebus garland, TX
11322 1 year ago Steven Goldstone New York, NY
11321 1 year ago ruth roberts corvallis, OR
11320 1 year ago Marion Susie Kossack Ithaca, NY Cuomo and our federal government have it backwards. We need to protect Palestinians from Israeli oppression and enslavement. We need legislation putting an immediate stop to Israel's anti-democratic...
11319 1 year ago stephen teich new york, NY
11318 1 year ago James Landis Mariposa, CA
11317 1 year ago Dianne Safford Gilbert , AZ Former Navy contracting officer
11316 1 year ago joe reilly highlands, NJ
11315 1 year ago Anonymous Washington, DC
11314 1 year ago jeffrey surovell new york, NY
11313 1 year ago mark scibilia-carver Trumansburg, NY
11312 1 year ago Bonny Mahoney Albuquerque, NM
11311 1 year ago Jeff Ellenberger New York, NY GOP RAPES USA
11310 1 year ago Jane Bloomer White Plains, NY It grieves me and causes me many moments of lamentation that the U S of A has 800 bases around the world many of them containing nuclear weapons. The USA needs to adhere to the international rule of...
11309 1 year ago ed kinane syracuse, ny, NY
11308 1 year ago Sarah Lassberg Plano, TX
11307 1 year ago John Miluso San Jose, CA
11306 1 year ago George Taylor Spokane, WA Keep on telling the truth. The first casualty of war is always the truth. Jesus said: "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free."
11305 1 year ago DIA REDMAN North Saint Paul, MN
11304 1 year ago D D REDMAN North Saint Paul, MN
11303 1 year ago DE SMITH FRIDLEY, MN
11302 1 year ago Ruth Mowry Dansville, MI
11301 1 year ago Lora Schwartzberg South Salem , NY
11300 1 year ago Fermain Lahorgue San Rafael, CA
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U.S. Appeal Organizational Endorsers:
World Beyond War
Kickapoo Peace Circle
Engineers for Change
Los Alamos Study Group
On Earth Peace
Nicaragua Center for Community Action
Intern'l Ass. of Educators for World Peace
The St. Paul Yoga Center
CODEPINK
Resident Council
No More Bombs
Peaceworkers
BrynMawr Peace Coalition
Freethinkers of the Gold Country
Wolf 's Human and Civil Rights Advocacy
Global Family Legal Services
Hilton Head for Peace
World Rainforest Fund
CSRA Peace Alliance
Community for Interracial Solidarity
Lost Coast League
Malu 'Aina Center for Nonviolent Education & Action
Live LOVE and Prosper Society
WILPF, Monterey County
Association of World Citizens
PopularResistance.org
Peace Mural Foundation
Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel
Show Up! America
Earth Rights Institute
War Criminals Watch
Peace Academy at Liberty
National Lawyers Guild International Committee
Rule of Law
Berkeley Women in Black        
Pax Christi Metro New York   
Environmentalists Against War
World Can't Wait
People's Opposition to War, Imperialism and Racism