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Support US Troops, Bring Them Home Now
Identified as an edited version of a Green Party press release dated 17 March 2003 -- including its web page address -- about 500 copies of this statement were distributed at an antiwar rally at the Minneapolis Campus of the U of MN on 20 March 2003.  The rally was attended by at least 1,500 to 2,000 secondary school students who participated in a planned Metrowide walkout. Organizers reported that students from 40 schools participated. South High (Minneapolis Public Schools) students on the scene reported that 500 South High students participated in the walk-out.
...While President Bush claims that the issue is Saddam's weapons of mass destruction, the Wall Street Journal reported on January 16 that Bush has been meeting with oil companies to plan who will profit from the occupation of Iraq. (January 31) and CNN (March 2) have reported that oil companies expect a windfall from the invasion. This good news for oil companies is bad news for the U.S. economy, which will be damaged by the costs of the invasion and occupation. U.S. citizens will suffer as social services are cut drastically.

"Bush's intention all along was an invasion, which is why neither the U.N. inspections nor Saddam's compliance and destruction of weapons were ever satisfactory, and U.N. support is a disposable formality," said Carl Romanelli of the Pennsylvania Green Party....

[The Bush Administration has raised the subject of war crimes trials for Iraqi leaders for setting fire to oil rigs, yet U.S. officials plan to drop bombs on 7,000 targets during the initial phase of the invasion, and the U.N. predicts a humanitarian disaster, with up to a half million civilian Iraqi deaths and injuries during the early stages of the war.]  

"Greens will maintain their opposition to the war after the invasion begins," said Mark Dunlea, chair of the Green Party of New York State. "If we really care about the lives of American soldiers, we'll continue to demand that their lives not be placed at risk for the sake of control over Iraqi oil and political dominance over the region. The Bush Administration has built its case for this war on deception -- on lies about Iraqi weapons capability, about connections between Saddam and al-Qaeda, about our real objectives in the Middle East..." [Support our troops -- send them home now!]