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     A free public talk by Mr. Hans von Sponeck.

 Time: Friday, November 9th, 7:30 p.m.

 Place: University Temple United Methodist Church
        1415 NE 43rd Street (at 15th Ave NE)
        in the University District in Seattle.

Hans von Sponeck joined the UN Development Program in 1968. For more than
three decades he worked in many of the countries now in the spotlight,
including India and Pakistan in the 1980s and 1990s. Late in 1998 he was
appointed UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. He traveled throughout the
country directing all UN operations, managing the distribution of goods
under the "Oil-for-Food" program, and verifying Iraqi compliance with that
program. Mr. von Sponeck resigned in February 2000 to protest current
policy toward Iraq, including the sanctions.


Dear Friends,

I think Ed Mast is right.  There >is< a good chance of this making a
difference, a lot of pressure is being brought to bear on the president to
stop the bombing so aid can get in.  (On page 8 of the 11/03 P-I, for
example, there's a story describing a letter published by the WA
Association of Churches, representing 1,450 Protestant churches in the
state of WA. The letter calls for an end to bombing in Afghanistan, saying
it is blocking humanitarian efforts as winter approaches putting millions
at risk of starvation. For more: http://www.thewac.org/LETTER-Bombing.htm

Nothing could be more important today.

Please read this whole post, there are important facts in the second half.
A phone call is easy and painless, and it could help save millions of


Subj:   URGENT: call the President, please please please please
Date:   01-11-05 05:00:49 EST
From:   Edwardmast@aol.com
Sender: owner-911peace@scn.org

hi everyone

Please call the President today, Monday, now. If you have more time,
please call your two Senators and your Congressperson.  Please tell them
to stop the bombing of Afghanistan immediately because the bombing is
preventing international relief organizations from taking in the food that
is necessary to save the lives of as many as 7 million people. That's all
you have to say. Telephone numbers below.  Facts from UNICEF and others
below.  Calling is easy: they have operators waiting to take your opinion,
though they're getting many phone calls and when calling the President you
may have to hold for a while.

When winter snows set in, over the next week or two, it will be too late.
The food aid will not be able to reach the people in Afghanistan, and
millions will starve -- not go hungry, but starve to death -- over the
next several months.  The food is gathered at the borders, but the aid
groups can't take it in while the country is being bombed.  If the bombing
stops tomorrow, the food will go in tomorrow.

The air-dropped food packages being dropped along with the bombs are in no
way sufficient to make any dent in the humanitarian catastrophe that is
unfolding.  Only ground-based aid organizations can take in enough
supplies to support the millions of people through the winter.  See the
figures on this below.

I have never asked this many people to make such a call.  I WOULDN'T ASK
IF IT HAD NO CHANCE OF SUCCESS. The President and our government are
already under considerable pressure from a wide range of humanitarian and
church and other organizations across the country; even some national
media are taking up the call to stop bombing and let aid in.  If you make
only one call this year -- or this decade or maybe your whole life -- do
this one.

This is an impending holocaust that in one or two weeks will be
irreversible. Our grandchildren are going to ask how we could let this
happen.  It can be prevented.
Please call,  please please please please now now now.


President Bush:
        Tel: (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414
        Fax: (202) 456-2461

Congressional switchboard: 202-224-3121

For those of you in Washington State:

Senator Maria Cantwell
        Tel: (202) 224-3441
        Fax: (202) 228-0514

Senator Patty Murray
        Tel: (202) 224-2621
        Fax: (202) 224-0238

(If you absolutely can't call, email is better than nothing.  Don't bother
writing letters: the matter is too urgent, and they're not opening mail

If you're not concerned, here are some facts:

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Children's Fund
(UNICEF), the World Food Programme and other agencies have issued a joint
statement warning that:

        * A humanitarian crisis of stunning proportions is unfolding in

        * More than 5 million Afghans now require humanitarian assistance
to survive, including 3.8 million who depend on United Nations-delivered
food rations (a number that is expected to rise to 5.5 million in November

        * Nearly 20 percent of those struggling to survive are children
under the age of 5 years; and

        * Lack of safe access has created a situation where the United
Nations World Food Programme has been forced to suspend operations in

        *Recent bombing attacks have damaged the warehouses of the
International Red Cross as well as the United Nations World Food
Programme, and the agencies' staff, laborers and truckers are now afraid
to load, unload or transport food inside Afghanistan;

         *The United Nations has estimated that more than 50,000 tons of
food must be delivered before the end of November 2001;

         * Oxfam International and other non-governmental organizations
and relief workers have joined in a call for a pause in military action
and an immediate undertaking to stave off mass starvation throughout
Afghanistan by trucking in food before bitter winter snows make such an
effort futile.

call call call please please now now now now

DU in Afghanistan