We, the undersigned Washington voters, see the present Administrationís plans to attack Iraq as unwise. We urge the U.S. Congress to mount more balanced debate to clarify U.S. objectives in making such a move.

We are concerned that waging this war will likely:

  • Cost many lives, both U.S. and Iraqi, through direct combat and through the eradication of crucial infrastructure in Iraq
  • Further destabilize the Middle East
  • Alienate both the U.S.ís traditional and hard won allies, most of whom oppose such an attack
  • Create political, economic, and humanitarian chaos in Iraq and commit the military to a prolonged stay while Iraq rebuilds
  • Cost in the tens of billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars
  • Increase the likelihood of terrorist attacks in this country

We see this as a time when U.S. attention and resources should be focused on:

  • Insistence that the UN re-enter Iraq to inspect for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons of mass destruction
  • Support for international justice systems to pursue and prosecute terrorists.
  • Improving the quality of life for the Iraqi and ALL peoples in the world.

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This is an initiative is undertaken by ordinary concerned citizens who see government resources being hastily mobilized in a way which limits citizens ability to speak out about decisions which directly affect us.

If you share this concern, please:

  • Add your name and send it to your Representatives and Senators
  • Take out a similar ad in your local paper

If you would like to have your name on this full page ad which will go in the Seattle Times and P. I. on August 30, please respond by August 24. Print your name as you would like to have it in the ad at the bottom of this sheet along with the name of your community--i.e. Seattle, Bellevue, Poulsbo, etc.

Send the ad together with a contribution of at least $10.00 to:
Judith R. Brown,
14906 Sunrise Drive,
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

Checks may be made out to "Agate Passage Friends Newspaper Ad"

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