THE PETITON LETTER
TO: President Bush
SUBJECT: Artists Say Win Without War
War talk in Washington is alarming and unnecessary.
We are patriotic Americans who share the belief that Saddam Hussein cannot be allowed
to possess weapons of mass destruction. We support rigorous UN weapons inspections to
assure Iraq's effective disarmament.
However, a pre-emptive military invasion of Iraq will harm American national interests .
Such a war will increase human suffering, arouse animosity toward our country, increase
the likelihood of terrorist attacks, damage the economy, and undermine our moral standing
in the world. It will make us less, not more, secure.
We reject the doctrine--a reversal of long-held American tradition--that our country, alone,
has the right to launch first-strike attacks.
The valid U.S. and UN objective of disarming Saddam Hussein can be achieved through
legal diplomatic means. There is no need for war. Let us instead devote our resources to
improving the security and well-being of people here at home and around the world.
Artists for Winning Without War
Mike Farrell, Co-Chair|
Robert Greenwald, Co-Chair
Ed Begley, Jr.
Peter Buck (REM)
Eugene J. Carroll, Jr.,
Rear Adm. U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Ambassador Jonathan Dean
(U.S. Rep. to NATO
Charles S. Dutton
Sean Patrick Flanery
Robert David Hall
LaTanya Richardson Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
Robert Duncan McNeill
Mike Mills (REM)
Ambassador Edward Peck |
(former U.S. Ambassador
Sgt., U.S. Army (Ret.)
Vice Adm. U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Michael Stipe (REM)
James Whitmore, Jr.
|statement and link published with permission of Mike
Farrell, co-founder of Win Without War.