Resolution on the Connection Between the Iraq War and Libraries

Adopted at 2005 Annual Conference

WHEREAS, The justifications for the invasion of Iraq have proven to be completely unfounded; and

WHEREAS, The war already has taken the lives of more than 100,000 Iraqis and more than 1700 U.S. soldiers; and

WHEREAS, These numbers will continue to mount as long as the U.S. remains 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 U.S. forces remain in Iraq, the inevitable escalation of fighting threatens further destruction of Iraq's cultural heritage; and

WHEREAS, The U.S. is spending billions of dollars every 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 U.S.; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the American Library Association calls for the withdrawal from Iraq of all U.S. military forces, and the return of full sovereignty to the people of Iraq; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the American Library Association urges the United States government to subsequently shift its budgetary priorities from the occupation of Iraq to improved support for vital domestic programs, including United States libraries; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the American Library Association calls upon the United States government to provide material assistance through the United Nations for the reconstruction of Iraq, including its museums, libraries, schools, and other cultural resources; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That this resolution be sent to all members of Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of State, the President of the United States, and the press.

SRRT Newsletter Issue 152/153, p. 7