International Responsibilities Task
Whereas, the justifications for the coalition invasion of Iraq have proven to be completely unfounded; and
Whereas, the war already has taken the lives of thousands of Iraqi soldiers, more than 10,000 Iraqi civilians, and hundreds of coalition forces; and
Whereas, these numbers will continue to mount as long as coalition forces remain in Iraq; and
Whereas, during the current occupation many of Iraq's cultural treasures, including libraries, archives, manuscripts, and artifacts, have been destroyed, lost, or stolen; and
Whereas, as long as coalition forces remain in Iraq the inevitable escalation of fighting threatens further destruction of Iraq's cultural heritage; and
Whereas, currently, the U.S. is spending 4.7 billion dollars per month for the occupation; and
Whereas, even a small fraction of these resources would be more than sufficient for rebuilding and greatly enhancing the libraries and educational institutions of both Iraq and the United States;
Therefore, be it resolved that the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association calls for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal from Iraq of all U.S. military forces, intelligence personnel, and contractors.
Relevant ALA policies:
CD#18.4, Resolution on Iraq
CD#50.11 Nuclear Freeze, the Arms Race and National Security
CD#53.7 Destruction of Libraries
CD#53.8 Libraries: An American Value
Additional precedent: 1971 ALA Resolution on Southeast Asia Conflict
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