from code pink

Here is the letter Code Pink sent me today. I emailed Ambassador Bolton and Kofi Annan and it took me about two minutes. Please do the same.
They recommend you read an article by Nader condeming Bush but I find this one a little more effective.

Dear Julianne,
The people of the Middle East are suffering once again as militarists on all sides have launched yet another devastating round of violence — this time between Israel and Lebanon. Each bomb dropped, each child killed, represents our collective failure to live together as a human family, and the ascendance of irrational militarism over the values of empathy and compassion.
We are appalled not only by the violence itself but the lack of international leadership to try to stop it. This is especially true for those of us who are living in the United States: While the world is crying out for global intervention to stop the madness, our government is blocking the international community from calling for a ceasefire — confusing Israel’s right to defend itself with the choice to kill innocent civilians and blow up Lebanon’s bridges, airports and power stations.
Despite the Lebanese death toll exceeding 200 and the Israeli count at 24, efforts to turn to diplomacy have been met with extreme skepticism. Last Thursday, July 13th, in response to Israel launching a massive new military assault on Gaza because of the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier, the U.N. Security Council introduced a resolution calling for ALL sides to exercise restraint. This resolution was vetoed by John Bolton, U.S. Ambassador to the UN. On Sunday, a UN attempt to call for a ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah was once again blocked by the U.S.
Meanwhile, news about Iraq has fallen to the back pages of our newspapers, despite the fact that over 100 civilians have been killed in the past few days. Once again, we find the U.S. government impeding efforts by the Iraqi government and armed opponents to move toward a reconciliation plan that would include the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
When our government fails to act on behalf of those suffering, we-as responsible citizens-must act. Here are some suggestions:
Troops Home Fasters Protesting outside the White House, July 17, 2006.
1. Contact Ambassador John Bolton at the U.S. Mission to the UN by calling (212) 415-4050 or emailing and ask him to call for a ceasefire.
2. Contact UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and implore the UN must show leadership and demand a ceasefire. Email: and/or Fax: (212) 963-1921.
3. Attend local demonstrations and vigils. You can find out more information about local actions by clicking here or by connecting with peace groups working on this issue in your area. Read about one local community’s response to the conflict by clicking here.
4. Join the fast.We are entering our third week of the fast, in which over 4,000 people have already participated….

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