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Ways Out of War?

STEVEN KULL
Kull is director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes, which just released a report entitled “Americans on the Conflict With Iraq.” Among the findings of the poll: 68 percent agreed more with the statement “If Iraq allows the U.N. to conduct unrestricted inspections, the U.S. should agree to not invade Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein as long as Iraq continues to cooperate, because we should only go to war as a last resort”; 30 percent agreed more with “The U.S. should invade Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein, whether he cooperates with U.N. inspectors or not, because the U.N. inspectors might not find all his weapons.”

NORMAN SOLOMON
Solomon’s op-ed piece “Drown Out Drums of War with the Sound of Dialogue” appears in today’s Baltimore Sun. He wrote: “The conventional wisdom in Washington is that it’s pointless or reckless for Americans to speak with Iraqi officials. But some on Capitol Hill are beginning to think otherwise…. Unless war is their goal, elected officials in Washington should find ways to conduct more dialogue with Iraq in the very near future.” Solomon, executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, recently accompanied Rep. Nick Rahall and former Sen. James Abourezk to Baghdad.

The newly formed Peace and Justice Studies Association — http://www.evergreen.edu/PJSA — is holding its first conference beginning tomorrow at Georgetown University in Washington. Among the participants:

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MARK LANCE
Associate professor of justice and peace at Georgetown University, Lance said today: “There are real options to going to war. Most obviously, the U.S. should work through the U.N. legal system, allow inspectors to do their work and bring alleged violations to the appropriate legal bodies. Long term we should work with regional organizations like the Arab League to address the militarization of the region, which should include Israel’s nuclear arsenal, the withdrawal of U.S. forces, as well as India’s and Pakistan’s arsenals. Working for disarmament on a regional and world scale is the responsible and morally consistent way to lessen these types of dangers.”

SIMONA SHARONI
Executive director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, Sharoni is author of Gender and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

LEAH WELLS
Peace education coordinator of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Wells was recently in Iraq.
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STEPHEN ZUNES
Zunes is associate professor of politics and chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at the University of San Francisco. He is author of U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism.

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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:

Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167