War and Law — and Obama
On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the World War I Armistice, WALL
sent the letter below, addressed to Barack Obama. The topic: war and peace and law — and
what President Obama will change.
Do you want him to fulfill his peace promises and go beyond them? Tell
President Barack Obama may be contacted through:
U.S. mail: The White House, Washington, DC 20500.
E-mail: use form at WhiteHouse.gov.
Afterward, feel free to share your vision with WALL too.
War and Law League (WALL)
P.O. Box 42-7237, San Francisco, CA 94142
email@example.com / www.warandlaw.org
Tel. (415) 564-2083 or (415) 738-8298
Nov. 11, 2008, Veterans Day
The Hon. Barack Obama, president-elect
Dear Mr. President-Elect:
What we liked most about your candidacy was your promise of change in
U.S. foreign relations, notably:
And in August 2007 — when U.S. warplanes killed 91 Afghan civilians, including
61 children — your scorn for “air-raiding villages and killing civilians” gave hope
that you would end the bombings. They violate The Hague Convention and
customary international law.
As an organization dedicated to carrying out the rule of law in U.S. foreign
affairs, the War and Law League also hopes you will seek:
The attacks on those nations are unconstitutional, because Congress
never declared war on any of them. They also breach U.S. treaties prohibiting
The goal of abolishing all nuclear weapons is envisioned by the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which the U.S. is a party.
Ninety years after the armistice ending the "War to End Wars," dare we hope
for such change?
Jeannette Hassberg (coordinator), Paul W. Lovinger (secretary), Dolores Rodriguez (treasurer), Harry A. Scott, Grace Teresi, Ken Wachter, Marcy Berry — Executive Board