Resources in event of war with Iraq

This page contains links to resources for activists. Some are hosted on the WRI site; others may be on external links.

Call to Conscience from Veterans to Active Duty Troops and Reservists

We are veterans of the United States armed forces. We stand with the majority of humanity, including millions in our own country, in opposition to the United Statesall out war on Iraq. We span many wars and eras, have many political views and we all agree that this war is wrong. Many of us believed serving in the military was our duty, and our job was to defend this country. Our experiences in the military caused us to question much of what we were taught. Now we see our REAL duty is to encourage you as members of the U.S.


2 October 2002

1 Conscription

conscription exists

Conscription is enshrined in art. 31 of the 1968 Constitution, which describes military service as a 'sacred duty and an honour for citizens'. [14]

The present legal basis of conscription is the 1969 Military Service Act, with several subsequent resolutions made by the Revolution Command Council (RCC). Although Iraq has a formal separation of powers, in practice all power rests with the RCC, a group of men who are also members of the Regional Command of the Ba'ath Party.


Should people be bombed because their government is accused of developing weapons of mass destruction?

Should people be bombed because they live under an undemocratic regime which violates human rights and abuses minority populations?

Should people be bombed because their government's activities threaten the supply of resources to the Western nations?

Concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee: Iraq

19 November 1997


11. The Committee expresses concern that Revolutionary Command Council Decree No. 115 of 25 August 1994 violates the provisions of article 6, paragraph 2, of the Covenant, which restricts the application of the death penalty to the "most serious crimes", by stipulating that the death penalty will be imposed on persons who have evaded military service several times, and that it contains retroactive provisions, contrary to article 15 of the Covenant.

The Committee therefore recommended that:

Statement on the 1991 Persian Gulf War

Iraq must withdraw from Kuwait. The aim of the invasion was not to free Kuwait from a corrupt feudal regime, still less to free the Palestinians. It was simply to serve Saddam Hussein's strategic interests. Any claims which Iraq has -- for instance, access to the sea -- should have been pursued by non-military means.

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