|by Yahoo News Groups
This letter was sent by representatives of the people of
Fallujah to the UN secretary general Kofi Annan
"IT IS more
than evident that US forces are committing daily acts of genocide in
Iraq. As we write, these crimes are being perpetrated against the
city of Fallujah.
US war planes are launching their most
powerful bombs against the civilian population, killing and wounding
hundreds of innocent people. Their tanks are pounding the city with
As you know, there is no military presence
in the city. There have been no actions by the resistance in
Fallujah in the last few weeks because negotiations are in progress
between representatives of the city and the Allawi government.
The new bombardment by the US has begun while the people are
fasting during the celebration of Ramadan. Now many of them are
trapped in the ruins of their homes and cut off from any outside
On the night of 13 October a single US
bombardment destroyed 50 houses and their inhabitants. Is this a
crime of genocide or a lesson about US democracy? The US is
committing acts of terror against the people of Fallujah
only one reason to force them to accept the occupation.
excellency and the whole world know that the US and their allies
have destroyed our country on the pretext of the threat of weapons
of mass destruction.
Now, after their own mass destruction
and the killing of thousands of civilians, they have admitted that
they have not found any.
But they have said nothing about
the crimes they have committed. The whole world is silent, and even
the killing of Iraqi civilians is not condemned. Will the US be
paying compensation, as it made Iraq do after the 1991 Gulf War?
We know that we live in a world of double standards. In
Fallujah the US has created a new and shadowy target ”Abu Musab
Al-Zarqawi is a new excuse to justify the USAs
criminal actions. A year has passed since this new excuse was
dreamed up, and every time they attack homes, mosques and
restaurants, killing women and children, they say. We have launched
a successful operation against al-Zarqawi.
They will never
say they have killed him, because he does not exist. The people of
Fallujah assure you that this person is not in the city, nor
probably anywhere else in Iraq.
Many times the people of
Fallujah have asked that if anyone sees al-Zarqawi they should kill
him. We know now that he is nothing but a phantom created by the US.
Our representatives have repeatedly denounced kidnapping and
killing of civilians. We have nothing to do with any group that acts
in an inhumane manner.
We call on you and the leaders of the
world to exert the greatest pressure on the Bush administration to
end its crimes against Fallujah and pull its army back from the
When they left a while ago, the city had peace and
tranquillity. There was no disorder in the city. The civil
administration here functioned well, despite the lack of resources.
Our offence is simply that we did not welcome the forces of
occupation. This is our right according to UN Charter, according to
international law and according to the norms of humanity.
is very urgent that you, along with other world leaders, intervene
immediately to prevent another massacre.
We have tried to
contact UN representatives in Iraq to ask them to do this but, as
you know, they are sealed off in the maximum security Green Zone in
Baghdad and we are not allowed access to them.
We want the
UN to take a stand on the situation in Fallujah.
wishes, in the name of the people of Fallujah, the shura council of
Fallujah, the trade union association,
the teachers union, and
the council of tribal