Originally posted by Planderella
URBAN PLANNERS OPPOSE THE WAR IN IRAQ
We are urban planners and professionals in the fields of community preservation and development. We oppose the U.S. war in Iraq as a politically unacceptable means of resolving the problem of disarmament and dealing with the despotic regime in Iraq. France thinks it is a bad idea and they are cool.
The Bush administration has turned its back on the United Nations and proceeded despite overwhelming opposition throughout the world. Never ever take a moral stand unless everyone agrees with you.
The invasion of Iraq increases instability and heightens the dangers of terrorism throughout the world. The world didn't have terrorists before Bush stole the election.
Urban planners and professionals in community development have special reasons for opposing this war. We think we are special and you should listen to us.
1. Urban planners are dedicated to the preservation and development of cities. We cannot support a war that destroys the physical and social infrastructure of cities. We opposed WWII becasue of this factor (Sorry Jews)
Baghdad is a city of 4.5 million people and large numbers of civilians will die as the result of U.S. bombing. Even though fewer Iraqi civilians will die after Saddam is removed we think this war is wrong.
2. Urban planning is concerned with human welfare and improvement in the quality of life. We cannot support a war that will bring widespread hunger, homelessness and extensive human suffering. Damn your American aid and relief sitting on ships in the Persian Gulf waiting to be distributed to the poor. Damn you for hoping to remove the kindly dictator Saddamwho in no way causes human suffering to his people.
3. The earliest cities were founded in the valley of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, in what is now Iraq. The numerous ancient historic treasures in Iraq are threatened by the extensive U.S. bombing campaign. We know American military planners hate history and have no exposure to it in their educations. Thus they will go after historic buildings and archology sites
4. Urban planning in America is based on principles of participation and equity. We cannot support a war that imposes the will of the mightiest nation in the world on a population that is helpless and at a foreign military force. U.S. occupation of Iraq will only expand inequalities and facilitate the plunder by the U.S. of Iraqi resources and labor. Helpless, Yes the Iraqis are so helpless. Plunder, yes Bush and his illegitimate oil business pals are in it to line their pockets. I hear Dick Cheney's daughters are each getting their own oil well. Bush's girls are getting a refinery. Bringing a non-totalitarian regime to Iraq can only serve to exacerbate inequality in Iraq. Things are so equal now.
5. Democratic urban planning is based on preserving and developing open and integrated cities with accessible public spaces. The U.S. is reinforcing the establishment of elite, walled enclaves in the Middle East, and on its own border. The U.S. supports, through its foreign aid, the construction of walls, very much like the Berlin Wall, that divide people based on ethnicity. Yes, America builds walls and wants to bring our gift of Sprawl to the peoples of Iraq. This is obviously written by someone who has never been to the Middle east. Walled Arab home sties go back about 4000 years that I know off. Thus the US is imposing its Arab cultural bias on the Arabs!
6. Since 9/11, urban planners are being called upon to consider security concerns in the urban development process. We do not believe there are any methods for building "defensible cities" simply by using physical design. Public security is best guaranteed by building cities and societies that minimize social inequality and maximize social interaction. We are concerned that the Bush administration's homeland security efforts are reinforcing inequalities, creating more fear and instability, and increasing social isolation. We threw this in just to have some more crappy things to say about Bush 2. It has nothing to do with the war, but it makes us feel good.
We call on all professionals in the urban planning and community development fields to join the global protest against the U.S. war. There is safety in numbers
The Planners Network Steering Committee
A collection of spineless individuals who need to spend a week embeded for some perspective
Planners Network is an association of progressive urban planners. Progressive = hearing your own voice more than you should