Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Demands Good Faith from UN Nations on Issue of Iraqi Debt

Fall 2003

The United Nations is on an ego trip in its relations with the U.S. on Iraqi reconstruction. The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) urges the governments of France, Russia, and Germany to show their good faith as a precondition in urging a turnover of control in Iraq to an Iraqi government by canceling the debt currently owed to them by that nation. Only in this way could a fledgling government have a level economic playing field on which to build a new Iraqi democratic foundation. After years of brutal oppression, a new government should be free of the debts imposed upon it by the repressive regime of Saddam Hussein, from which it has so recently been liberated. They should not be saddled with billions of debt dollars which are needed for infrastructure rebuilding. In addition, at the moment when control over the destiny of their state is turned over to a UN favored Iraqi government, the United States should remove all National Guard and Reserve forces that have fought so courageously to liberate Iraq and leave only sufficient personnel as advisors and training specialists. The JWV hopes that no further guard or reserve forces will be deployed to Iraq, as was suggested today by Marine Gen. Peter Pace, vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The JWV has been a strong supporter of the U.S. liberation of Iraq. However, we do demand of our government in the future that no future U.S. forces be deployed without UN or NATO commitment, and then only on a limited scale. The time has come for each of the world's nations to assume its responsibility to meet the threats of terrorism rather than merely making a speech at the United Nations.


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