A Call to withdraw all
U.S. Military forces from Iraq
On this third anniversary of the U.S.
invasion of Iraq, Agate Passage Friends Meeting (Quaker) following the
deep pacifist convictions of The Religious Society of Friends, calls
for withdrawal of all U.S. military forces from Iraq.
Day by day conditions in Iraq worsen,
with many thousands of innocent Iraqis dead and wounded, more than
2,300 U.S. troops dead and 17,000 wounded. Throughout Iraq cities and
villages are suffering collapsing infrastructures and widespread
devastation. We are witnessing a major calamity brought on by this
war, and in consequence, around the world U.S. friendship and
credibility have suffered immensely.
We pledge our full support of the
proposal for a “Sensible Transition to
Enduring Peace” (STEP) put forth by Friends Committee on
National Legislation. This statement calls on Congress to make a
clear declaration that the U.S. will withdraw all its troops and
military bases from Iraq and has no designs on Iraq or its resources.
The FCNL ”STEP” plan presents a
sensible, compassionate way for the U.S. to regain world respect and
to do justice to the long-suffering Iraqi people.
This statement was unanimously
approved on March 19, 2006 by the monthly Business Meeting of Agate
Passage Friends Monthly Meeting (Quaker), Bainbridge Island,