Campaign for a
New Foreign Policy
Our country deserves a break from the failed
policies of the past. Our arms sales and military
aid programs have created widespread anti-American sentiment. Our nuclear
weapons policies are encouraging nuclear
proliferation. Our approach to the international community
is leading to growing isolation and foreclosing meaningful leadership. Huge
increases in military spending won’t make us safer, but they will take funds
from education, health care and other programs and harm the quality of life for
all Americans. Eliminating civil liberties
will threaten our constitution and undermine the very values that make our
nation great. We’ll make our country safer by affirming our values, not
Three Steps To A Safer World
1. Support Human Rights and Democracy
We should exhibit international leadership by opposing the policies of human
rights abusers, not rewarding them with weapons.
Democracy and human rights are ideals that the American people hold dear. Our
elected officials have not held true to these values. Sadly, our country leads
the world in providing arms sales and military training to human rights abusing
governments and dictatorships. When US weapons are used to prop up governments
hated by their own people, bitterness is the result. When we sell weapons
worldwide, those arms end up being used against our own troops.
2. Reduce the Threat from Weapons of Mass
DestructionOur nation should lead a worldwide
campaign to reduce and control the threat from weapons of mass destruction - a
policy we could be proud of. We face no greater threat than nuclear weapons and
other weapons of mass destruction. Such weapons are only effective as a means of
terror - that can be aimed at us as well as others. The only way to be safe from
this threat is to destroy the stockpiles and secure those facilities that make
nuclear materials. Instead of leading
efforts to secure and dismantle nuclear weapons, the Bush Administration wants
to build new ones. In addition, spending billions on a missile defense that won’t
work while building new nuclear weapons will
only speed the pace of nuclear proliferation.
3. Cooperate with the World CommunityWe should play a positive leadership
role in the world community, planning strategies for a future we can all live
with. The Declaration of Independence urged
a decent respect for the opinions of mankind. Our foreign policy isn’t
reflecting that core value. Our elected officials have abandoned or blocked a
host of international agreements on arms control, human rights, the environment,
and the International Criminal Court. Instead of promoting pre-emptive strikes,
the US needs to promote policies that address the larger needs of the world
community and that minimize the potential for hate and anger. The US has the
strength and ability to better the working and living conditions of human kind,
and to increase our own security in the
process - but only if we lead through cooperation.
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Washington DC 20006
"A nation that continues
year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of
social uplift is approaching spiritual death."
Reverend Martin Luther King
Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, April 4, 1967,
Riverside Church, New York City
PEACE IS NOT AN OBSCENE WORD.
Violence begets violence.
Conflict occurs for a reason, usually because of need and injustice. Resolve the
underlying reasons and spend the money on food instead of bullets.
It keeps coming back to truly treating others, as you want to be treated.