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Non-member submission from [Stefan <sjw210@is8.nyu.edu>]
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 17:42:57 -0500
Subject: DON'T BOMB IRAQ! VIRTUAL SIT-IN @ WHITE HOUSE

ELECTRONIC DISTURBANCE THEATER 
EMERGENCY BULLETIN
Friday, November 13, 1998

CLINTON: DO NOT BOMB IRAQ!

JOIN ONGOING VIRTUAL SIT-IN
ON WHITE HOUSE WEB SITE NOW
http://www.thing.net/~rdom/zapsPublic/ddkfoyer.htm

The Electronic Disturbance Theater
opposes U.S. plans to bomb Iraq and 
urges like-minded people to join 
an emergency FloodNet action to send
a message of peace to world leaders.

EDT encourages people who oppose
a U.S. military strike against Iraq to 
participate in an ongoing virtual sit-in 
on the web site of the White House
starting at 5:00 p.m. EST today by clicking on
http://www.thing.net/~rdom/zapsPublic/ddkfoyer.htm
and following the instructions and 
leaving your browser on.

EDT neither supports the Pentagon
nor Saddam Hussein, but believes a
U.S. military strike on Iraq will 
result in the death of more Iraqi people.
This should not happen.

The 1991 U.S. driven military assault
on Iraq left tens if not hundreds of
thousands of innocent people dead, 
crippled Iraq's infrastructure, devastated
its economy, destroyed the environment,
and caused untold numbers of soldiers 
to contract Gulf War 'syndrome' illnesses.

The U.S. continues to insist on the maintenance
of sanctions against Iraq, another form of deadly
warfare in which basic medicine is unavailable
and malnutrition flourishes. The result: 
1.5 million Iraqis - half of them children 
under 5 - have died since 1991.

During the first Gulf War, hundreds of thousands
of Americans actively resisted Bush's 
attack on Iraq. Despite a complete media
white out of real news from Iraq or of news about
protests at home, the Gulf War opposition
spread to cities large and small under 
the banner: No War For Oil!

In 1991, aware Americans knew that 
U.S. foreign policy interests in 
the Middle East were inextricably
bound to oil production and consumption.
Today, we know the same. U.S. foreign policy
in the Middle East is driven by its desire
to secure and maintain access to and 
control over that resource rich region.

Just as people took to the streets
in 1991, people will do the same now.
But unlike during the first Gulf War we
have the opportunity to express our
opposition in digital forms.

In its discussion of the evolution
and convergence of computerized activism
and politicized hacking, EDT has
seen potential for the role that Hacktivism
will play in Resistance to Future War, or warfare
dominated by computers and telecommnuications.

Electronic Disturbance Theater
http://www.thing.net/~rdom/ecd/ecd.html

ECD Archive
http://www.nyu.edu/projects/wray/ecd.html

Next Action:
November 22, 1998 -> School of the Americas

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