August 14th, 2007 12:55 EST
The Mid-East Weapons Deal Playing With Fire
Dear Judyth Piazza,
The Bush Administration wants to send $65 billion in weapons to the Middle East but Congress has the power to stop it. "Saudi Arabia will pay $20 billion to the arms dealers with the Pentagon acting as middleman our government will take a 3% cut from the deal. ""An additional $43 billion in arms to Egypt and Israel, however,"is direct military aid from the Federal budget - blatant abuse of tax payer funds to line the pockets of the weapons dealers."
We ask that you sign our online petition to Congress calling for defeat of the Bush administration`s plan."" The potential for armed conflict in the region is high - weapons proliferation will only add fuel to the fire."The choice is simple: invest in people and peaceful diplomacy or invest in war."
Dwight Eisenhower observed almost fifty years ago, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."
The Bush administration is set to invest in war."Please sign the petition today and then send it to a friend to sign."As activists, we support the human right to basic necessities."It is imperative that we stand as a nation to support the right of people to be safe in their borders - in doing this we stand against the tyranny of the Bush administration and his cronies at Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
Working together, we can stop Bush from doing more damage in his final 17 months in office. Congress CAN take action on this issue and we must force them to do so.
Please sign our petition today and pass it on to your friends, again, I turn to Eisenhower, who understood the importance of our work. "I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it."
Peace Action National Headquarters
P.S." At 4 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, August 15th I will be interviewed on Internet Voices Radio." My talk that day, on this internationally syndicated station, will focus on our book Peace Action:" Past, Present & Future." This is the first of weekly addresses Peace Action will give on the state of the peace movement and our mission in the world.