During the next few days, Congress will be debating the issue of a war against Iraq.
However, Congresswoman Maxine Waters believes that members of Congress should hear from the American people before agreeing to send their sons and daughters to risk their lives at war. In order to gain input from the communities she represents, Rep. Waters will sponsor a Community Town Hall and Speakout to allow citizens to voice their opinions on the Presidents crusade for war.
The town hall will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, at the First Church of God Fellowship Hall, 9550 Crenshaw Blvd., in Inglewood.
I encourage everyones attendance and participation, said Waters. I believe that for the Congress and the people, many questions need to be answered before committing to another war in the Middle East.
According to Waters, some of the questions Congress is asking are:
Has Iraq committed any act of aggression against the United States that justifies war?
Should we risk the lives of American military men and women? Should the lives of thousands of innocent civilians be put at risk?
Does Iraq pose a significant threat to the United States? Iraq is 6,000 miles away from our shores and does not have the capability to strike the United States from within its own borders.
Would an attack against Iraq constitute a violation of the United Nations Charter, which says that military force may only be used in self-defense or with the approval of the United Nations Security Council?
Would a war violate the Constitution if not specifically authorized by Congress? In order to guard against reckless and ill-considered wars, the Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war.
Are options other than war available? The United Nations is currently trying to resume weapons inspections in Iraq to ensure that Iraq does not possess weapons of mass destruction. However, the Bush Administration has essentially ruled out all options except a military strike.
Why does the President want to carry out a preemptive strike against Iraq before United Nations weapons inspectors have had an opportunity to return to Iraq?
Would a war against Iraq destabilize other countries in the Middle East?
Would a war against Iraq result in an increase in anti-American extremism in Islamic countries? Would a war against Iraq provide al Qaeda with an opportunity to recruit additional terrorists within these countries?
Would a war against Iraq be worth the costs? It has been estimated that it could cost between $100 billion and $200 billion to wage a war against Iraq at a time when we are already spending billions of dollars to wage a war against terrorism in Afghanistan.
Will an attack on Iraq make Americans more or less safe at home?
As we debate the issue of war in Congress, I want to be certain of where my community stands on the issue of waging war against Iraq, Waters said. I look forward to seeing you and hearing your opinion, pro or con, on October 5.
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