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Date Wed, 24 Dec 2003 20:38:24 +0100 (CET)

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manic: WRI-Japan's mailing activity for stop sending the troops to Iraq
This is from my japanise anarchist friend named N. who visited Seoul few
weeks ago. He is a member of WRI-Japan, their activism is awsome.
Dear Friends, This letter was written by Fu MIZUTA , a WRI-Japan member.
WRI-Japan lets organized activity stop, and but such a small action continues.
F. and her friends got into a site of some Self-Defense Force official dwellings
secretly the day before yesterday. And they mailed this letter in a mailbox of
each house directly. Japanese government decides to dispatch the Self-Defense
Force to Iraq already. A sending beforehand military unit will
depart in a year. And a lot of military units should be dispatched in January.

It is the Air Self-Defense Force that is dispatched first. There is
the base in Nagoya where M. lives in. The name is
Komaki base. So she was going to hand wives this letter.
Because the police were in the resident base inside, we prepared
for an arrest by house trespass. But, fortunately, the trouble did
not happen. Only possibility of a domiciliary search is still left.
We are weak in English. Therefore we become negligent in
sending news toward overseas. Sorry!

Solidarity Inter people!
December 15, 2003

WRI-japan F. and Friends c/o 666 ukai-cyo,Inuyama-shi, aichi-ken, Japan
postal code 484-0045


Dear wives of Self-Defense personnel,

Today (12.12.2003), I read a story entitled "Wives of SDF
Personnel at the Komaki Base" in Asahi newspaper.

"When I said daringly 'Why don't you quit the army?' my husband
said 'No. Of course I am not willing to go to Iraq. But someone
should.' As I heard his word, I wanted to respect his will and
thought if only many citizens proactively shipped them off. We,
who will have to wait for our husband, are also devastating."

As I read these sentences, I got the feeling that I was beside
myself. I understand so well SDF personnel and their wives are
"No one want to go there," "If I quit, someone else should go
"If so, I will go."
This seems chivalrous and manly attitude. I thought her husband
should be a very nice man both as a husband and a farther as
well as personnel of SDF.
However the war has always been borne by such people, good
husbands, and good fathers. And their wives have dispatched
them. Despite of their inmost "I don't want to go," cheered up by
wives' encouragement, their husbands have gone to the front.

Though Japanese mass media and U.S. government have not
announced officially, there have been over 1700 U.S. soldiers run
away form Iraq. Multi-times more soldiers have been injured.
Dead and injured Iraqis should be hundred-times more.
Dispatching SDF to Iraq should produce more casualties. Each
of those people also has their families.

Now cumulative number of the SDF personnel in Indian Ocean is
5630. About 60 personnel of them wanted and realized
reassignments. There are also personnel who decline their
overseas deployment. Those personnel may be made their feel
uncomfortable by not being advanced in the SDF or being treated
as cowards.

What's wrong with being coward? What's wrong with being
wimp? It is much better to be coward than to order to become
possible killer. It is good to be wimp.
It's alright that women are effeminate. Men need not be manly.
The same newspaper says there are women in Sapporo and
Chiba who started signature-obtaining campaigns in the street
against deployment of troops, when they knew their boyfriends
who are SDF personnel were selected to be dispatched.
Regardless of what the nation and public say and what cause
there is, I want to say my honest feeling, "No," "Don't go," at the
last minute. Yes, I'll say so.


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