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(en) Appeal to US troops in Italy

From Platform anarchist news <platform@geocities.com>
Date Mon, 12 Apr 1999 13:12:51 +0000


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The following appeal is being circulated in Italy.
Margaret Creagh,
Melbourne IWW

AN APPEAL TO TROOPS

 Are you a member of the U.S. Armed Forces? Do you 
have a friend or relative who is a member of the U.S. 
Armed Forces? If so, this message is meant for you.

President Clinton and the Pentagon generals have put 
you in harm's way. They pretend they care about you. 
They say they would do anything to protect your life. 
But they have put you in danger.

They did this by ordering an attack on Yugoslavia.

Clinton has said U.S. aims are "humanitarian." But 
Clinton has lied before. He lied about his personal 
relations. He lied about his political fund-raising. 
He lied about the pharmaceutical plant in Sudan being 
a "chemical-weapons factory." He lied about getting 
U.S. troops out of Bosnia by the end of 1996. They're 
still there.

He is lying about the attack on Yugoslavia.

U.S. planes are bombing a sovereign country. 
Yugoslavia's soldiers have crossed no borders. They 
threaten no other country. Yet they are under NATO 
attack.

The Pentagon generals say NATO is only bombing 
military targets--anti-aircraft batteries, command 
centers, air defense centers, etc. But pictures from 
Serbia and Montenegro show bombed schools, hospitals, 
houses and factories.

Yugoslavia is a small country with several different 
national groupings. The U.S. and its allies are much 
bigger and more powerful. But the 11 million people 
who live there are furious that U.S. bombs are 
killing their children. They know they are defending 
their country.

They feel the moral right to strike back. And because 
Clinton and the generals have ordered the attack, you 
will be a target of this fury.

If--and the generals are talking about it already--
they send you into Yugoslavia to kill, you will find 
the entire population ready to rise up against you. 
And though Yugoslavia is small, during World War II 
Yugoslav partisans--guerrillas_pinned down 300,000 
troops from the German Wehrmacht and finally defeated 
them.

On demonstrations here against the U.S. bombing 
assault, thousands of people are chanting, "Kosovo is 
Vietnam." It brings up the memory of the last time 
U.S. troops tried to occupy a country. All Vietnam 
rose up against them and drove them out.

During that war, a U.S. lieutenant--William Calley--
led his troops in the burning of a Vietnamese 
village, killing 330 women, men and children. Calley 
just took a little further what the Pentagon had 
ordered--a burn all, kill all assault on the civilian 
population. Atrocities like that also led many U.S. 
soldiers to drug addiction, suicide and mental 
breakdowns.

But there were other U.S. troops who resisted the 
war. Hundreds of thousands refused to go into 
aggressive action. Others refused to fight. Some 
actively organized their buddies against the war. 
Some felt the war was so unjust that they went over 
to the other side.

Finally the generals decided they had better get out.

Some 55,000 U.S. troops were killed in that 
aggression on the other side of the world. Many young 
men were sent home in body bags before thousands 
began to resist.

You still have the chance to resist this war--before 
you become a target. You have the right to speak out 
against it. You have the right to pass out leaflets 
and organize against this war. You can refuse to re-
up as a protest. You can refuse to take the anthrax 
vaccine and other preparations for chemical and 
biological warfare.

You have the power to stop the Pentagon's unjust war 
against the people of Yugoslavia.

Use it.

Andrea Benetton
IWW
Via Molino 1
21047 Saronno (VA)
Italia

Info in italiano sull' IWW
http://space.tin.it/economia/anbene

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From: Andrea Benetton <andbene@tin.it>
Date: Saturday, 10 April 1999 17:06
Subject: FW: Italian protests appeal to US Troops



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