Communique No. 1 From the Director, Dr. Kaveh L. Afrasiabi:
In the Name of God, the Guardian of Peace in the World,
Global Interfaith Peace (GIP) is a new non-governmental organization committed to the ideal of peaceful resolution of global conflicts. GIP calls on the world community to create a great chain of beings around Baghdad to shield millions of its innocent, long-suffering inhabitants from the looming confrontation.
Earlier this year, a small buffer of peace activists around the Palestinian chairman Arafat prevented his destruction, which would have harmed the cause of Middle East peace indefinitely. GIP believes that war is not the answer and a Western military invasion of Iraq will likely yield a horrific toll on civilians as well as a serious set back in the fight against global terrorism. We advocate the use of non-violent sanctions to ensure Iraq's compliance with the UN's order to disarm.
We are also concerned about the long-term impact of a war in Iraq on the United Nations -- by distorting the UN's image as a smokescreen for global militarism and thus causing a new round of global chaos.
By placing themselves in the harm's way in the interests of humanity, the interfaith peace activists will likely prove a deterrent and the degree of their effectiveness can only be proven on the ground. Building on a rich global tradition that includes names such as Martin Luther King and Gandhi, the GIP strongly believes that the crisis in Iraq is also a crisis of opportunity for the world's religions to play a direct role in concert toward the lofty objective of peaceful resolution of this crisis. We call this The King-Gandhi Peace Brigade.
For more information, please contact the GIP at:
Global Interfaith Peace
P.O. Box 456
Newton, MA 02459
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