United for Peace and Justice writes:
UFP calls for the immediate end to United States military operations in Libya and to the Libyan government’s use of violence to brutally repress peaceful protest. We call for negotiations aimed at ending the fighting and realizing the rights of the Libyan people to chart their own destiny free of U.S./Western influence and internal repression.
Already embroiled in an eight year occupation in Iraq and an ongoing war in Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries in the world, U.S. motives for intervention in Libya are highly questionable.
The inspirational and breath taking peoples’ movements sweeping parts of the Middle East and North Africa are undeniable expressions of the human desire for freedom. Inspired by the movements in Tunisia and Egypt, tens of thousands of Libyans took to the streets to protest against what they see as a repressive government. The Libyan government’s choice to use violence against citizens who gather in peaceful protest is a denial of human rights. And the state-orchestrated use of lethal private, police and military force destroys the Libyan government’s legitimacy. It has flamed protest and provoked defensive violence.
Both the Libyan government and the U.S. led coalition hold full responsibility for the violence and civilian deaths that will occur in this conflict. The actions of both parties will lead to a prolonging of death and suffering. There must be an immediate end of violent hostilities for the sake of the people of Libya.
We demand that the U.S. government respect the peoples’ movements in Syria, Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The people there are also facing repressive violence against peaceful protest. Military operations against Libya with little diplomatic or public pressure on other nations engaged in similar acts of repression, is hypocritical at best.
To truly support the self-determination of these popular movements the Obama Administration must:
- Cease all military action against Libya.
- Respect International Law and human rights
- As the world’s leading weapons dealer, the U.S. should halt all military aid and arms sales. These weapons help fuel the destructive power and death tolls in many conflicts around the world. The same weapons at times are used against U.S. troops.
- End covert CIA operations
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