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At the start of a new century, we stand poised between the geopolitical conflict of East versus West; a future marked by the aftermath of the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001; the dangers of global terrorism; the U.S. led invasion of Afghanistan followed by the unprovoked invasion and occupation of Iraq; the esca- lation of conflict in the Middle East; and the continued research and development of nuclear weapons and the stockpiling of bio-chemical weapons.
In the area of trade, third- and fourth-world economies and resources are being ravaged, and our own economy and job security undermined, by global corporatization which concentrates greater power in the hands of fewer interests who are unaccountable to the vast majority of the world’s people. As we overcome continued conflicts and violence we realize the difficulties inherent in encouraging democ- racy and of advancing the cause of peace. We face a more complex set of challenges in how our nation defines its national security. Greens support sustainable development and social and economic justice across the globe. Reducing militarism and reliance on arms policies is the key to progress toward collective security.
1. Foreign Policy—Peace and Disarmament
a. As one of the initiators and primary authors of the United Nations Charter, the United States is obligated to conform to the stipulations of the U.S. Constitu- tion, which identifies all such agreements as treaties that hold the authority of U.S. law. The U.S. govern- ment is pledged to abide by its principles and guide- lines in the conduct of foreign relations and affairs.
b. Werecognizeourgovernment’sobligationtotakedis- putes with other nations or foreign bodies to the U.N. Security Council and General Assembly forum for ne- gotiation and resolution. The U.N. and international laws, treaties and conventions that the U.S. has signed are the framework that controls U.S. military actions abroad.
c. The U
.S.mustrecognizethesovereigntyofnation- states and their right of self-determination.
d. Werecognizeandsupporttherightofthe U
.N.tointer- vene in a nation-state engaged in genocidal acts or in its persistent violation and denial of the human rights of an ethnic or religious group within its boundaries, and the right to protect the victims of such acts.
e. The U
.S.isobligatedtorendermilitaryassistanceor service under U.N. command to enforce U.N. Security Council resolutions.
f. The U.S. must recognize and abide by the authority of the U.N. General Assembly to act in a crisis situation by passing a resolution under the Uniting for Peace Procedure when the U.N. Security Council is stale- mated by vetoes.
g. Weseekthepermanentrepealofthevetopowerenjoyed by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.
h. Weurgeourgovernmenttosignthe International Crim
- inal Court agreement and respect the authority of that institution.
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Our government does not have the right to justify pre- emptive invasion of another country on the grounds that the other country harbors, trains, equips and funds a terrorist cell.
Our government should establish a policy to abolish nuclear weapons. It should set the conditions and schedule for fulfilling that goal by taking the following steps:
Declare a no-first-strike policy.
Declare a no-pre-emptive strike policy.
Declare that the U.S. will never threaten or use a nuclear weapon, regardless of size, on a non-nuclear nation.
Sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Our pledge to end testing will open the way for non-nuclear states to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which has been held up by our refusal to sign the CTBT. Hon- or the conditions set in the NPT for nuclear nations.
Reverse our withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and honor its stipulations.
End the research, testing and stockpiling of all nuclear weapons of any size.
Dismantle all nuclear warheads from their missiles.
k. We urge our government to sign the Toronto treaty banning the production, stockpiling, use and sale of land mines, and assist other nations in unearthing and disabling land mines buried in their lands.
l. We urge our government to end all stockpiling of chem- ical and biological weapons and all research, use, and sale of such weapons; and sign the convention that will establish the decrease and inspection of all nations’ stockpiles of such weapons, which the U.S. abandoned.
m. The U.S. must allow foreign teams to visit the U.S. for verification purposes at least annually.
n. Ourdefensebudgethasincreasedoutofallproportion to any military threat to the United States, and to our domestic social, economic and environmental needs. The United States government must reduce our de- fense budget to half of its current size. The 2005 de- fense budget is estimated at around $425 billion, and that does not take into account military expenditures not placed under the defense budget.
o. The U
.S.hasover700foreignmilitarybases.Weurge our government to phase out all bases not specifically functioning under a U.N. resolution to keep peace and bring home our troops stationed abroad, except for the military assigned to protect a U.S. embassy. Many of these bases are small and can be closed immediately. We advocate further reductions in U.S. foreign military bases at a rate of closure of 1/4 to 1/5 of their numbers every year.
p. Close the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the School of the Americas, in Ft. Benning, Georgia.
q. The U
.S.isthelargestarmsselleranddealerintheworld. We urge our government to prohibit all arms sales to foreign nations and likewise prohibit grants to impov- erished and undemocratic nations unless the money is targeted on domestic, non-military needs. In addi- tion, grants to other nations may not be used to release their own funds for military purposes.
r. The U.S. must not be a conduit for defense contractors to market their products abroad and must shift our export market from arms to peaceful technology, in- dustrial and agricultural products, and education.
s. The U.S. must prohibit all covert actions used to influ- ence, de-stabilize or usurp the governments of other na- tions, and likewise prohibit the assassination of, or assistance in any form for the assassination of, foreign government officials.
t. We must build on the Earth Charter that came out of the 1992 U.N. environmental Earth Summit. New defini- tions of what constitutes real security between nations must be debated and adopted by the foreign policy community.
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