WHEREAS, the people of the United States have already suffered grievous loss of life and well being as a result of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, and we wish to reduce the likelihood of future attacks,
WHEREAS, a war with Iraq will jeopardize the lives of American soldiers and the lives of many innocent Iraqi civilians, who have already suffered enormously under Saddam Hussein's rule and United Nations sanctions, and
WHEREAS, a war with Iraq would threaten to further destabilize the Middle East, possibly leading to a wider regional war and increased support for Al Qaeda and other groups dedicated to terrorism, making the citizens of Austin and the world less save, and
WHEREAS, past military conflict in the region resulted in widespread damage to the civilian infrastructure of Iraq and widespread suffering and death of Iraqi civilians, and
WHEREAS, severe budget cuts to the public infrastructure within the City of Austin, Travis County, and the State of Texas threaten working people, the poor, and employees in the areas of health, education, and welfare, and whereas it has been estimated that a war in Iraq would likely cost the U.S. government over 100 billion dollars an amount that could go a long way to meeting health, education, and other needs,
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the City Council of the City of Austin, Texas:
HEREBY, opposes a U.S. invasion of Iraq, but supports instead a genuinely multilateral diplomatic approach to the Iraqi situation, sanctioned and directed by the United Nations, and be it
RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution, duly adopted, shall be sent to President George W. Bush, US Senators Kay Bailey Hutchinson and John Cornyn, and Congressmen Lloyd Doggett and Lamar Smith.