Initiative Measure 96
AN ORDINANCE by the people of the City of Seattle condemning the War in Iraq. WHEREAS, the people of the United States of America were led to war under false pretenses, against a nation that posed no credible threat to our own; WHEREAS, the war in Iraq has cost an estimated 1.2 million lives and approximately half a trillion dollars; WHEREAS, the democratically elected leadership of our nation continues to authorize increased war spending in contrast to the desires of the majority of Americans and the best interests of our nation; WHEREAS, the war on terrorism has been used to justify the erosion of our civil liberties and the desecration of our constitution; WHEREAS, there are many questions pertaining to the executive branch’s role in planning or enabling the attacks of September 11, 2001; WHEREAS, we the people of Seattle do not condone a war for the profit of few and the detriment of many; WHEREAS, the people of Seattle wish to thank the city council for condemning the war in Iraq, but also recognize that since the time of that resolutions passage, the war has continued and approximately twice as many people have died in the conflict; and WHEREAS, we the people now wish to add our voices to our city’s cry for peace. For this reason, the people of Seattle ask that the City Council place this measure on the ballot, enabling the people of Seattle to exercise our right to vote, in an effort to end the war. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS The City of Seattle shall declare that: 1. The War in Iraq is in violation of international law. 2. United States troops must be brought home immediately. 3. No new funding for the war shall be authorized by the Congress of the United States 4. The War in Iraq is undemocratic and violates our country’s deepest values. 5. We the people of Seattle declare the War in Iraq over! 6. A copy of this ordinance shall be sent to the 2008 President-elect of the United States, all US Senators and Representatives, the King County Council, and mayors of major cities all across the United States.