ICC Renews Call for Military
Withdrawal in Iraq RIVER FOREST, IL [01/09/06]--After
one of the most violent weeks in Iraq with 120 deaths, The Iraq Coordinating
Committee (ICC) has renewed its call for peace urging President George
W. Bush to move ahead with a withdrawal of US military forces in Iraq.
The North American justice promoters are planning legislative visits
across the country to push for congressional support of military withdrawal.
The ICC statement boosts their efforts advocating for peace in Iraq.
In making the statement, North American Justice Co-promoter, Sr. Dusty
Farnan (Adrian) said, "The government elections and the ensuing
violence in Iraq has prompted us to communicate what we hope for Iraq
at this time. It is critical that US Dominicans continue to call the
US government to accountability and assure our Dominican brothers
and sisters in Iraq that we are still praying and advocating on behalf
As CNN recently reported, "Bush has been emphasizing progress
in Iraq after the December elections to an American public that has
shown increasing discontent with the war in which more than 2,100
U.S. troops and thousands of Iraqis have died."
ICC has been in regular contact with Dominicans in Iraq who report
that very little has improved in the country's infrastructure or
safety. The group called on the Bush administration to collaborate
with the United Nations and international community on "issues
of national security, humanitarian aid, and reconstruction of the
The position also noted that "we remain concerned about the
protection of the rights of women and religious minorities in Iraq."
As Americans begin to tire of the conflict and question
the reasons for remaining in Iraq, new urgency is being felt to
seriously draw down US and coalition forces.
President Bush continues to insist that no timeline will be projected
for troop withdrawal.
The ICC continues to monitor the loss of life in Iraq through its
webpage that posts the number of US and coalition forces that
are killed or wounded, along with the continuing tally of Iraqi
The Iraq Coordinating Committee is a collaborative
effort of the Dominican Leadership Conference and the North American
Promoters of Justice, Peace and Care of Creation.
a Word document version of the ICC statement.
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Committee Updated Position on Iraq
In light of the recent election and the establishment of a permanent
government in Iraq, aware of the on-going violence suffered by the
Iraqi people, and in view of the recent statements by President George
W. Bush about the presence of US and coalition military forces in
the country, the Iraq Coordinating Committee (ICC) has adopted the
following position on the situation in Iraq.
We, the ICC, continue to hold President Bush and the
United States Congress accountable for the ongoing
killing of members of the military forces and of innocent Iraqi
civilians. We urge President Bush to withdraw US military forces
from Iraq and yield authority to the Iraqi people, their police
and military forces at the earliest possible moment. Furthermore,
we urge the President and the Congress, to withdraw US military
bases that have been established and to meet their moral and financial
obligations to rebuild the country.
We strongly recommend that the U.S. government collaborate
with the United Nations and the International Community
to work with the Iraqi government on issues of national security,
humanitarian aid, and reconstruction of the country. We continue
to urge the UN and the Iraqi government to protect the rights of
women and religious minorities.
We call on the North American Dominicans to continue
their support of our Dominican Family and the people
in Iraq as they seek to rebuild their country. More than ever, the
conflict in Iraq needs our prayers. We encourage the continued prayers
of the Dominican Family for all those involved in this conflict:
our brothers and sisters; the people of Iraq; the US occupying forces,
Iraqi and international troops; the humanitarian workers; and the
political leaders of the US and Iraq.