Nov. 16, 2007 Hilo Peace vigil leaflet
PEACE NOT WAR!
A CALL TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, THE PEOPLE OF IRAN,
AND THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD:
We who address you are leaders, teachers, and practitioners of several communities of faith and ethics in the United States. We honor and celebrate the democratic roots and institutions of the United States, and our people's long struggle toward justice, equality, and peace.
And therefore we remember with indignation and sorrow -
the action of the Government of the United States in 1953 to overthrow the democratically elected government of Iran and to install the dictatorial regime of the Shah,
and in 2003 the refusal of the present government of the United States even to consider a proposal from Iran's leadership at that time for direct talks to resolve all disputes - such as Iran's aid to Hezbollah, the nuclear issue, and US sanctions against Iran.
And today we are appalled by threats from parts of the present US government to make war against Iran. We honor and celebrate the ancient history of Iran and its contributions to world civilization, and the desire of most Iranians for peace and justice.
And therefore we are appalled by the desecration of truth and human history, the corruption of Iranian honor and decency, and the rejection of international law expressed by some few Iranian leaders in questioning the historical truth of the Nazi Holocaust and the suffering it wreaked upon the Jewish people, and in contempt for the legitimacy of the State of Israel under international law.
We distinguish such bitter attacks and threats from the just and compassionate concern we share with most Iranians for the right of the Palestinian people to live in a viable state of their own, in peace and unafraid, alongside an Israel that is similarly at peace and unafraid.
If, God forbid, the US government were to carry out threats of war against Iran, that war would: --
violate every teaching of the great religious teachers of all our faiths; violate international law and the UN Charter; pile more deaths and maimings of Iranians and Americans upon the lost lives, limbs, minds, and souls already brought on by the Iraq War; infuriate and alienate those among the Iranian people who now seek peace and reconciliation; risk more violence throughout the Middle East;
worsen Americans' demoralization by the Iraq War and its pre-emption of resources to meet urgent civilian needs; and further threaten domestic civil liberties and human rights, in both the US and Iran.
It would also risk plunging the world into an unutterably bloody and destructive war between Islam and the West.
This must not happen
We call upon the governments of the U.S. and Iran at once to open direct talks on all the issues of mutual concern
We call upon the peoples of the world to support this call, for the sake of conscience and survival.
Signers of this statement include the heads of major Christian, Jewish and Islamic faith organizations throughout the U.S. To sign and support this call go to the link below.
End the war and occupation of Iraq! No war on Iran!
Bring the troops home now!
1.Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination: anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, etc. 5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
Contact: Malu `Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Ola`a (Kurtistown),