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Resolution on the Occupation of Iraq
 
NOTE: The following resolution was adopted unanimously by the elected representatives of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) on June 26, 2004. Subsequently, a revised version of this resolution was defeated in ALA Council. SRRT is a body within the American Library Association but does not and should not be taken to speak for the Association as a whole. In this resolution SRRT speaks only on its own behalf.

 

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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