THE PETITON LETTER
TO: President Bush
SUBJECT: Artists Say Win Without War
War talk in Washington is alarming and unnecessary.
We are patriotic Americans who share the belief that Saddam Hussein cannot be allowed to possess weapons of mass destruction. We support rigorous UN weapons inspections to assure Iraq’s effective disarmament.
However, a pre-emptive military invasion of Iraq will harm American national interests . Such a war will increase human suffering, arouse animosity toward our country, increase the likelihood of terrorist attacks, damage the economy, and undermine our moral standing in the world. It will make us less, not more, secure.
We reject the doctrine – a reversal of long-held American tradition – that our country, alone, has the right to launch first-strike attacks.
The valid U.S. and UN objective of disarming Saddam Hussein can be achieved through legal diplomatic means. There is no need for war. Let us instead devote our resources to improving the security and well-being of people here at home and around the world.
Artists for Winning Without War
Mike Farrell, Co-Chair
Robert Greenwald, Co-Chair
Ed Begley, Jr.
Peter Buck (REM)
Eugene J. Carroll, Jr.,
Rear Adm. U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Ambassador Jonathan Dean (U.S. Rep. to NATO Warsaw Pact)
Charles S. Dutton
Sean Patrick Flanery
Robert David Hall
LaTanya Richardson Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
Robert Duncan McNeill
Mike Mills (REM)
Ambassador Edward Peck (former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq)
Steve Robinson, Sgt., U.S. Army (Ret.)
Jack Shanahan, Vice Adm. U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Michael Stipe (REM)
James Whitmore, Jr.