The following is a self-explanatory petition urging the UN Secretary General, and the member States - excepting the US, the UK and Israel, to deny diplomatic recognition to any regime in Iraq unilaterally installed through the ongoing illegal, immoral and cruel aggression against it, which will be sent to the Secretary General, and to the UN Ambassadors of the member States and a few other important institutions, by 20th April, 2003.
Mr Kofi Annan
The United Nations
Dear Secretary General,
You must be well-aware that since the 20th of last March the whole world is watching with shock and horror the unabated continuance of the illegal, immoral and cruel War unleashed by the Bush Administration of the USA supported by few of its minions, the Blair Administration of the UK being the most prominent one, on the hapless people of Iraq.
This act of blatant armed aggression, whatever may be the pretext, is patently illegal as it is based on the doctrine of \"preemption\", which runs counter to the UN Charter. Moreover, this invasion does not only suffer from non-endorsement by the UN Security Council - it had actually been explicitly opposed by as many as eleven, including three permanent ones having veto power, out of the total fifteen members during the deliberations. In fact, while formally announcing the decision to launch the attack, the US President George W Bush, on the 17th of March, in a televised address () emphatically asserted : \"The United Nations Security Council has not lived up to its responsibilities [by refusing to endorse our invasion of Iraq], so we will rise to ours.\" This leaves no scope whatsoever for any ambiguity or self-deception on the \"legality\" aspect of this War.
The War does not have any moral justification either. The key allegation that the Iraqi regime led by its military ruler Saddam Hussein was in possession of a large stockpile of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) viz. nuclear, chemical and biological - to be used against its chosen adversaries, had no corroboration by the UN inspection team specifically deployed for this purpose in pursuance of the UNSC Resolution 1441. The fact that the deposed Iraqi regime did not make use of any such weapons even during the \"fall of Baghdad\", quite contrary to the predictions made by the Pentagon and its associates, speaks for itself. No subsequent planting and \"discovery\" of any \"evidence\", if at all, by the successor regime installed by the aggressors can alter this incontrovertible \"fact\" and thereby confer any retrospective moral justification.
In fact, it has been quite convincingly demonstrated by a number of knowledgeable and perceptive analysts that this act of armed banditry is meant to be but the first step in a series of actions geared to the fulfilment of the strategic goal of establishing an unchallengeable global empire of the American capital. This goal had been set out clearly in a document dated 3rd June 1997 : the \"Statement of Principles\" of the ‘Project for the New American Century’ () . It had twenty five signatories including, among others, Dick Cheney - now Vice President , Donald Rumsfeld - Defence Secretary, Paul Wolfowitz - Deputy Defence Secretary, Lewis Libby - Cheney’s Chief of Staff, Zalmay Khalilzad - American special envoy to Afghanistan and Elliott Abrams. All of them are now senior officials in the Bush Administration. On September 17, 2002 the Bush Administration, about after two years of assumption of power, gave its official seal of endorsement to the policy prescriptions referred above in its \"National Security Strategy of the United States of America\"(< http://www.whitehouse.gov/nsc/nssintro. html>). Quite significantly the chief United Nations weapons inspector, Dr. Hans Blix, in a recent interview, on the 9th of this month, with a Spanish newspaper has lent his authority to this assessment and asserted that \"the invasion of Iraq was planned well in advance, and that the United States and Britain are not primarily concerned with finding any banned weapons of mass destruction\" (
The Petition Sponsor is Sukla Sen (), a human rights and peace activist - a member of EKTA (Committee for Communal Amity), Mumbai (Bombay), India and also a member of the National Coordination Committee of the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP), India.