Public Policy/Advocacy

Statement on the US Occupation of Iraq

Approved June 2007

WHEREAS the U.S. Government led an invasion of Iraq in violation of Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter in March 2003; and

WHEREAS over the past 32 months more than 2700 U.S. troops and an estimated 655,000 Iraqis (the vast majority civilians) have been killed in the subsequent violence; and

WHEREAS the U.S. military is holding in detention approximately 15,000 Iraqis without charge; and

WHEREAS U.S. military and intelligence personnel and U.S. Government subcontractors have tortured and abused detainees at Abu Ghraib and other Iraqi prisons in violation of the Geneva Conventions; and

WHEREAS much of Iraq's historical, cultural, and archaological heritage was looted or destroyed following the U.S.-led invasion while occupying forces made no effort to protect it; and

WHEREAS the U.S. Coalition Provisional Authority, under the leadership of Paul Bremer, created a set of edicts (codified into the Iraqi constitution in violation of international law) that has facilitated the plunder of Iraq's national industries and natural resources by multinational corporations; and

WHEREAS the U.S. military presence in Iraq has undermined the political stability of that country and the Middle East region;

Be it moved that the American Anthropological Association condemns the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq and urges the U.S. Congress and President George W. Bush to:

Immediately withdraw all U.S. military personnel, intelligence agents, and subcontrators from Iraq; and

Cease all U.S. military operations and vacate all U.S. military bases in Iraq; and

Make payments for the removal and cleanup of depleted uranium, unexploded cluster bombs, and other residual waste left from munitions; and

Prosecute all individuals who have committed war crimes against Iraqis; and

Fund the creation of a United Nations peacekeeping force to assume peacekeeping duties in Iraq.

Prepared by:

Roberto J. González
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA 95192-0113
Kanhong Lin
Graduate Student
Department of Anthropology
American University
Washington, DC