We, members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, oppose a preemptive war by the United States on Iraq.
It is a violation of the United Nations Charter, and hence of international and United States law, for one nation to use military force against another except in self-defense. The right of self-defense exists only if an armed attack against a member state actually occurs or is imminent.
President George W. Bush has failed to present a convincing case that Iraq constitutes an imminent threat to the United States, or that Saddam Hussein is connected in any way to the crimes against humanity committed on September 11, 2001.
Moreover, a preemptive war on Iraq will:
The International Criminal Court, or other multilateral institutions that promote justice and cooperation, can be utilized to hold Saddam Hussein accountable for his violations of human rights and international law.
As Unitarian Universalists, we uphold the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity and compassion in human relations; and the goal of world community, with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
Thus, we call upon President Bush to pursue paths towards international security, peace, and justice that do not involve war and violence.
Note: This statement was approved on February 2, 2003 by a 96 percent majority of UUCPA voting members at a Congregational Meeting, and 4 percent disapproved.