On the diplomatic front, Iraq recently has made several attempts to negotiate. An Associated Press report from Turkey on February 13 noted that Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit "said that Iraq wants to start a dialogue with the United Nations to resolve tensions with the world body." The article also cited the Secretary General of the Arab League, following a recent visit to Iraq, as saying that Iraq wanted to start those talks "without any preconditions."
But it seems as though the US government is determined to remove the current Iraqi government by military action, without letting such diplomatic efforts have any chance.
In the face of this apparently overwhelming tide to wreak destruction, the local Committee to End the Sanctions is working on several actions. One is a major media statement. Another is a publicity campaign that will involve posters, postcards, and possibly billboards to inspire grassroots action to end the sanctions and protest military action. For updates, contact John Yorks at 423-3589.
Related to this, a large banner reading "Stop the Killing in Iraq" has been made and will be displayed at an overpass on the West Street arterial and at other locations in Syracuse. For times, contact Dick Keough at 476-0048.
On a more personal level, people are invited to observe a fast every Wednesday in solidarity with the suffering people of Iraq. This fast may be in whatever form a person chooses.
Peace Action of CNY will devote its next meeting to the Iraq crisis, and will include time for people to consider actions they may take. This will be held on March 12, 7:30 pm at May Memorial Unitarian Church, 3800 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. The speaker will be Mehrzad Boroujerdi, of Syracuse University's political science department. His theme will be "Axis of Evil? A Deeper Analysis of US Policy Toward Iran and Iraq." Mehrzad specializes in Central Asian and Middle Eastern politics. He is Iranian himself, and has done research on US-Iranian relations for the last 15 years.