Rep. Kucinich Calls
for an End to
the War on the Floor of the House
by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich, April 1,
Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH), a leader
in the opposition to the War in Iraq within the House, issued
the following statement on the House floor:
"Stop the war now. As Baghdad will be encircled,
this is the time to get the UN back in to inspect Baghdad and
the rest of Iraq for biological and chemical weapons. Our troops
should not have to be the ones who will find out, in combat, whether
Iraq has such weapons. Why put our troops at greater risk? We
could get the United Nations inspectors back in.
"Stop the war now. Before we send our troops
into house-to-house combat in Baghdad, a city of five million
people. Before we ask our troops to take up the burden of shooting
innocent civilians in the fog of war.
"Stop the war now. This war has been advanced
on lie upon lie. Iraq was not responsible for 9/11. Iraq was not
responsible for any role al-Qaeda may have had in 9/11. Iraq was
not responsible for the anthrax attacks on this country. Iraq
did not tried to acquire nuclear weapons technology from Niger.
This war is built on falsehood.
"Stop the war now. We are not defending America
in Iraq. Iraq did not attack this nation. Iraq has no ability
to attack this nation. Each innocent civilian casualty represents
a threat to America for years to come and will end up making our
nation less safe. The seventy-five billion dollar supplemental
needs to be challenged because each dime we spend on this war
makes America less safe. Only international cooperation will help
us meet the challenge of terrorism. After 9/11 all Americans remember
we had the support and the sympathy of the world. Every nation
was ready to be of assistance to the United States in meeting
the challenge of terrorism. And yet, with this war, we have squandered
the sympathy of the world. We have brought upon this nation the
anger of the world. We need the cooperation of the world, to find
the terrorists before they come to our shores.
"Stop this war now. Seventy-five billion dollars
more for war. Three- quarters of a trillion dollars for tax cuts,
but no money for veterans ' benefits. Money for war. No money
for health care in America, but money for war. No money for social
security, but money for war. We have money to blow up bridges
over the Tigris and the Euphrates, but no money to build bridges
in our own cities. We have money to ruin the health of the Iraqi
children, but no money to repair the health of our own children
and our educational programs.
"Stop this war now. It is wrong. It is illegal.
It is unjust and it will come to no good for this country.
"Stop this war now. Show our wisdom and our
humanity, to be able to stop it, to bring back the United Nations
into the process. Rescue this moment. Rescue this nation from
a war that is wrong, that is unjust, that is immoral.
"Stop this war now."