September 15, 2006
President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Bush,
We join with the thousands of Americans who are calling on you to intensify your efforts to end the slaughter in Darfur.
This genocide unfolding before our eyes stands in danger of worsening drastically in coming weeks, if African Union peacekeepers are forced out of the area. But the current situation itself is unconscionable.
As you know, the UN Security Council has authorized a plan to send a UN force to Darfur, to supplement the African Union presence and transition to a UN operation. U.S. leadership is needed to turn this plan into reality, especially by persuading other nations to back and immediately implement the plan.
When you address the United Nations this coming Tuesday we urge you to set aside your likely agenda to defend the disastrous war and occupation in Iraq, or prepare for perilous military actions against Iran.
Instead, use the opportunity for a nobler purpose — to exert leadership on the Darfur issue and challenge the international community to act now, before the situation descends into an even worse humanitarian nightmare.
Ralph Nader John Richard Robert Weissman