[OPE-L:8447] Turkish Academics against the War

From: Asfilho@aol.com
Date: Sat Feb 08 2003 - 12:42:00 EST

Joint Appeal From the Associations of Academicians in Turkey
Against a US-GB Assault on Iraq

February 6, 2003

1. We, the educators and scientists in Turkey, strongly oppose the war
into which our country is being dragged, and which will lead to a
destruction of human life and economic stability in our region. We call
on academicians, scientists and university boards throughout the world to
support our appeal.

2. We condemn the participation of our country in this assault,
especially in view of the historic fact that our country was born of a
war of liberation, fought against imperialism.

3. We believe that the current problems faced by our country will be
overcome not through marketing the lives and the blood of our children,
but through creative and productive efforts.

4. We do not want foreign military boots on our soil, which has
experienced a war of liberation from imperialism. We stand against
collaboration with aggressors, and we refuse to be incriminated before
future generations.

5. We do not accept to send our children into deserts to take part in a
war in which civilians and children of a neighboring country will perish.

6. We do not want people to be killed, parents to shed tears or children
to become orphans, in our country or in any other corner of the world.

7. As we ask university boards everywhere to respond to this humanitarian
plea denouncing war, we condemn the UN weapons inspectors' attempts to
force Iraqi scientists to take a stand against their own country.

8. We declare that we do not accept the use of our soil and our military
bases by a single foreign soldier in an assault against our neighbors.

9. We invite concerned people around the world to join us in opposing
this war.

Signed by:

-Academicians Association of Akdeniz University, Antalya
-Academicians Association of Cukurova University, Adana
-Academicians Association of Gazi University, Ankara
-Academicians Association of Universities in Izmir
-Academicians Association of Middle East Technical University, Ankara
-Academicians Association of Samsun
-Academicians Association of Uludag University, Bursa
-Academicians Association of Trakya University, Edirne
-Academicians Associations of All Universities, Ankara

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