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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851-875 of 11753 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comments.
10903 2.5 years ago Jon Olsen Jefferson, ME It is about time!
10902 2.5 years ago Kathryn Christian Grand Junction, CO
10901 2.5 years ago Beverly Williams Arlington, MA
10900 2.5 years ago Dirk S. Belmont, MA
10899 2.5 years ago Cary Moy Oak Park, IL
10898 2.5 years ago Jennifer Cox San Rafael, CA
10897 2.5 years ago Mary Cupp Falmouth, ME
10896 2.5 years ago Donna Joss Bridgton , ME
10895 2.5 years ago Cynthia Hull Gallup, NM
10894 2.5 years ago Deborah J. Lesco New Bedford, MA
10893 2.5 years ago Pamela Brubaker Thousand Oaks, TX
10892 2.5 years ago john egan new rochelle, NY
10891 2.5 years ago Judy Edgar Phoenix, AZ The American arms manufacturers are greedy & want to earn more money by selling more arms, regardless of the devastation & death caused by war. Unfortunately they have bought off too many Congress ...
10890 2.5 years ago Charles Fry Sunnyvale, CA
10889 2.5 years ago Rikhard Tanskanen Brighton, ON I do not believe that the U.S government is committing war crimes in the War on Terror or has committed war crimes. But I am opposed to the WAr on Terror, which has led to the Islamic State, the rad...
10888 2.5 years ago Mark Greenfield Gardiner, ME
10887 2.5 years ago Elizabeth Neuse Hamden, CT
10886 2.5 years ago Andrew Costigan Norwood, MA
10885 2.5 years ago Lynn Cardiff Salem , OR
10884 2.5 years ago Ruth Kay Souder Red Hill, PA
10883 2.5 years ago Lucia You Durango, CO
10882 2.5 years ago Joan Tibbetts Altamonte Springs, FL
10881 2.5 years ago Rich Hoeppner Lihue, HI Building of the American empire with the unconstitutional acts of war are leaving us with infrastructure, social structure, financial stability, political respectability, and national pride in total...
10880 2.5 years ago Don Somsky Castle Pines, CO How do you think most scum bag politicians get rich ? Wars and more wars.
10879 2.5 years ago LESLIE Cotee Scottsdale, AZ A peaceful world would behoove most of us.
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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