[Last update: 24 June 2002]

NOW Resolution to Oppose the "War on Terror"

National Organization for Women
[23 June 2002]

[Original version -- this may have been amended]

WHEREAS, the tragedies of September 11, 2001 alerted us to the urgent need to re-examine the worldwide impact of U.S. foreign policy and global economic policy; and

WHEREAS, the Bush administration has exploited the attacks to advance a right wing political agenda that expands the campaign of militarism and corporate profit that contributed to the anti-American feelings at the heart if these terrifying events; and

WHEREAS, the Bush agenda is marked by enormous increases in defense spending that displace funds from domestic social services and the nation's healthcare safety net to support a large-scale military deployment and protracted military engagement abroad; and

WHEREAS, Bush's so-called "war on terror" is a war without end that extends U.S. military aggression into Iraq and throughout the Middle East; and

WHEREAS, further U.S. military aggression in the Middle East will only exacerbate the plight of women and children in these countries, where U.S. foreign policy has already contributed to their oppression and destitution; and

WHEREAS, the use of military force will surely lead to more senseless loss of innocent lives,and aggravate anti-American sentiment around the world; and

WHEREAS, the so-called "war on terror" perpetuates the tradition of U.S. disregard for international law, as well as internationally accepted standards for human rights (such as the Declaration of Human Rights and CEDAW); and

WHEREAS, women always bear additional personal costs in patriarchal wars that ruin their country's physical infrastructure, destabilize their economies, destroy their homes, and kill and maim their children and families; and

WHEREAS, the draconian homeland defense policies promoted by the Bush administration, and already enacted by Congress in the form of the PATRIOT Act, are designed in part to stifle political dissent; and

WHEREAS, political dissent and the questioning of power is an expression of the values we promote as feminists and claim to hold as a country;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Organization for Women will actively oppose the opportunistic use of fighting terrorism as an excuse for massive military expansion, for a war on Iraq, and for the continuation of unilateral policies in violation of international law.

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