First Published: 2004-05-15

 
Open letter to the people of Iraq
 

Iraqis should show the world in pictures that they want the occupation force to leave, says Mark Yannone.

 

Middle East Online

Demands to leave Iraq are growing quickly worldwide. Citizens and soldiers alike, unable to justify the occupation and destruction of Iraq and the wanton waste of human life, are demanding that Iraq be left to Iraqis.

In response to this spreading anti-occupation sentiment, American citizens like me are being told that occupation forces will leave Iraq sometime after June 30, if and when Iraqis ask them to leave. Our politicians quickly try to cover this outrageous lie by adding "but I don't think Iraq will ask us to leave."

Despite the daily body counts, the Bush administration wants us to believe that American forces are seen as your liberators and that the occupation forces are welcomed by most Iraqis. Many of us are stupid enough to believe it. (Twelve years ago, 23 percent of Americans over 16 couldn't read, and schools have deteriorated since then, so you can understand why so many adults believe whatever they are told on television.)

People of Iraq, show the world with pictures that you want the occupation forces to leave. Paint the word GO in big letters on your buildings, on your roads, and on your vehicles so that every news media image of Iraq shows the world that you want to be left alone.

Do not hope to negotiate with our lying government. You have nothing to gain and everything to lose by believing anything that comes from Washington, DC. Our politicians have no respect for property rights, and our courts have abandoned law and justice. Our federal government is out of control. More than two million Americans are in American prisons, many of them innocent and prosecuted unjustly by this unlawful government.

Do not allow yourselves to be trapped by coercion and empty promises. Just tell the intruders to GO. Hang banners, signs, and posters bearing the word GO. Your rights and sovereignty will be acknowledged when all foreign forces are gone, not before.

Despite your internal differences, can you not agree on that single goal? The world is watching you, and the majority of us do not want our military or our government in your country. We have no business there. Few can hear your gunshots, but all will see your signs. Show us. Tell us to GO.



Mark Yannone

Phoenix, Arizona



mjyannone@aol.com

 

US warns Iran over imprisoned Americans

Saudi King sets up new state security agency

Kuwait protests to Lebanon over Hezbollah training

30 extremists in Sinai operations

Foreign food chains hoping for taste of Iran market

Three Palestinians shot dead in Jerusalem

Nearly 360 injured in Turkey by magnitude 6.7 quake

UN says Saudi to blame for deadly Yemen strike on civilians

Police fire tear gas to disperse Morocco protest

Germany reviews arms sales to Turkey

Hezbollah launches Syria border operation

China calls for Gulf crisis talks

Israel bars men under 50 from Jerusalem Old City prayers

Intensifying Jihadist-rebel clashes in Syria's Idlib

Rebel ambush kills 28 regime fighters near Damascus

Turkey slams 'dangerous' Cyprus energy plans

Saudi prince 'arrested over leaked abuse videos'

Israel boosts 'security measures' as Al-Aqsa tensions simmer

Kuwait expels Iranian diplomats over 'terror' cell

Germany vows to overhaul Turkey ties as row escalates

Home cooked meals a relief for fighters in Syria's Raqa

US maintains designation of Iran as top 'state sponsor'

US halting support for Syria rebels

30 civilians dead in anti-IS strikes in Syria

Palestinian civilians urge ICC to speed up probe

Turkey PM opts for stability in light cabinet reshuffle

UN aid flight carrying journalists barred from Yemen

Former IS slaves fight for revenge in Raqa

US, Iran trade tit-for-tat sanctions

20 Yemeni civilians killed in air strike

14 killed in opposition infighting in Syria's Idlib

Morocco sentences 25 to prison over W. Sahara killings

Egypt police kill top militants

Heavy rainfall hits Istanbul causing transport chaos

Palestinians protest Israeli security measures at Al-Aqsa compound

Saudi police question woman who wore miniskirt

Rebels, US-backed Kurds clash in northern Syria

Netanyahu says Hungary is 'standing up for' Israel

Lebanon army to launch operation near Syria border

Morocco delays currency reform amid speculation

Iran parliament vows to fight US 'adventurism'

4 killed in suicide car bomb at Kurdish checkpoint in Syria

Israel opposes Syria truce deal over Iran presence

Egypt to end visas on arrival for Qatari citizens

Erdogan to visit Qatar, Saudi Arabia