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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601-625 of 11753 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comments.
11153 2.5 years ago Charles Heinrichs Yreka, CA
11152 2.5 years ago Benita Coffey Chicago, IL
11151 2.5 years ago Steven Kostis New York, NY
11150 2.5 years ago Paul O'Hanlon Edinburgh, ot All countries including the United States should respect International Law.
11149 2.5 years ago Ray Smith Old Forge, NY I have been opposing U.S. wars since 1961. Very discouraging, but I won't give up.
11148 2.5 years ago Gladys Schmitz Mankato, MN
11147 2.5 years ago M. Shafi Lokhandwala Livonia, MI
11146 2.5 years ago Rick McDonough Monument, OR
11145 2.5 years ago JASON PAULL SANDPOINT, ID
11144 2.5 years ago Miller Francis Decatur, GA
11143 2.5 years ago Subha Narasimhan New York, NY
11142 2.5 years ago Chris Kaihatsu Chicago, IL
11141 2.5 years ago Erdmut Lerner Evanston, IL
11140 2.5 years ago Roberta Medford Montrose, CA
11139 2.5 years ago Ray Edinger Rochester, NY
11138 2.5 years ago Nancy Matthews Sedona , AZ Our leaders must be held accountable for crimes against humanity!!!
11137 2.5 years ago Demetrios Koutsoufis montreal, QC The hour is getting late. The USA has become a nation of exceptional greed and belligerence. It's been taken over by lobby groups and corporations that will never give up their power unless forced.
11136 2.5 years ago Leonard Schulman Fort Lauderdale, FL
11135 2.5 years ago Jerilyn Tabor Shelter Island , NY
11134 2.5 years ago Rea Petersen Caldwell, ID
11133 2.5 years ago Anonymous mission viejo, CA invest in education and health care and not in the military war machine.
Reduce military spending 75% and lower taxes to 10% max and the economy will soar.
11132 2.5 years ago Stephanie Rugoff New York, NY
11131 2.5 years ago Jennifer Hartman Lexington , MA
11130 2.5 years ago Sarah McKee Amherst, MA The Charter of the United Nations is part of the supreme law of the United States of America. It is long past time for these United States to act like it.
11129 2.5 years ago Elizabeth Adams Marysville, 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
Resident Council
No More Bombs
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
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