Harming Civilians is a War Crime

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Harming Civilians is a War Crime

Cindy Sheehan

Journey for Humanity and Accountability - Day 7

The Journey for Humanity and Accountability took a two days hiatus in Charlotte, NC while I traveled home to the Bay Area to attend the memorial service of a dear friend of mine. The rest of the group used the time in Charlotte to repair tires, rest, catch up on emails and help work on the next few stops. In the meantime, to the consternation of the Democratic blogosphere, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has 7 more days to put impeachment back on the table. Very few people on these blogs recognize the fact that it's not my fault that Ms. Pelosi is not doing her job.From the comments on the blogs many people are just pleased as punch to wait until George Bush is gone in January '09 or are happy to give the Dems more time to grow a spine. I would hazard a guess that not too many of these people have a child, parent or spouse in Iraq or have any heart-connection with our brothers and sisters who are being wiped off the face of Mesopotamia so BushCo can control their oil and so that the war profiteers who line the pockets of Democrats and Republicans alike can reap Midas-like fortunes.

War was never a good way to solve problem. However, since World War I the disproprotionate rates that civilians have been killed to combantants has risen so dramatically and now it is about 200 civilians to every one of our soldiers being killed. Why are we aloowing BushCo to destroy a beautiful country and its wonderful inhabitants in their corporate imperialistic fervor?

Not only is it a war crime to aggressively and egregiously invade a country pre-emptively but during an occupation it is against Geneva Conventions to kill innocent civilians and not provide for their basic human needs of food, shelter, medical care and security. Security is a joke and not only has the US not provided these simple needs, doctors, hospitals and ambulances have been targeted.

I have heard from a doctor in Sadr City whose hospital is in dire need of equipment and medical supplies. His hospital specializes in blood cancer cases which have risen 242% since the First Gulf War. 1500 people a month need transfusions, when there is spare blood, and patients often have to share a bed with one or two other people.

Another humanitarian crises of monumental proportions is the refugee crisis that the repulsive occupation has created.

Millions of Iraqis have fled Iraq or have become homeless within their own country. Just about everyone who is able has fled the country. Refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iran have compromised the stability of those countries while the refugees are barely surviving. To make matters worse, the imperialistic country that has created this humanitarian catastrophe will only welcome 7000 to our shores this year. We have plenty of resources and room here in the US for the inhumanely displaced people of Iraq and wouldn't it be great if helping these people brought attention to the fact of our own homeless and disadvantaged citizens?

The longer we wait the longer (if ever) that it will take for the Middle East and our own country to recover from BushCo.

Impeach BushCo for crimes against our country and Consititution.

Remove BushCo from office for justice and to restore the rule of law to the ruling class elite.

Imprison BushCo for their crimes against humanity to reassure the world that the US will no longer harbor war criminals.

Go to www.thecampcaseypeaceinstitute.org for more info on our Journey or to donate to help cover our expenses and to enable us to help the hospitals in Iraq and Iraqi refugees.

Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan who was KIA in Iraq on 04/04/04. She is a co-founder and President of Gold Star Families for Peace and the author of two books: Not One More Mother's Child and Dear President Bush.

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