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Newton’s Resolution supporting American troop withdrawal from the war in Iraq

by Leslie Burg

February 19, 2008

This is the text of former Newton Alderman Leslie Burg's remarks delivered as part of the Aldermen's ceremonial event acknowledging the passage of a Resolution calling for a rapid Withdrawal of US Troops from Iraq.


s a docketer last year with Alderman Steve Linsky, at the behest of Newton Dialogues on Peace and War, I am very pleased that Newton through the Board of Aldermen and the Mayor has chosen to join over 300 communities across the country in requesting a withdrawal of our troops in Iraq.

It is also appropriate that we have included language recognizing the need to mandate comprehensive health care for our returning veterans.  I want to thank Alderman Merrill for requesting this addition to our resolution. 

In the history of a country, certain events occur of such significance that, in the words of Arthur Miller “attention must be paid”.  The war in Iraq is such an event.

Entered into on a lie carefully fed and nurtured by the Bush administration whose objectives are very different from what has been publicly stated, it has cost the lives of thousands of American troops, and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis. Perhaps even more painful to contemplate are the tens of thousands of young American men and women who have been severely wounded during their service and who are returning home, but will never be entirely whole again.  

It has cost us billions of dollars already and is currently costing us between 9 and 12 billion a month—Meanwhile, municipalities across our country are struggling to fund their schools, repair crumbling infrastructure, deal with rising healthcare costs, and meet the general needs of their citizens as well as the needs of those who require our care.  People often do not connect the dots… but the fact is that as long as we are sending billions of American tax dollars over there, we will not have the means to care for our own needs here at home. 

There is a time to stand up and be counted and that time has arrived. We thank everyone involved in this Resolution’s development and passage.

While a resolution on a war in a far off, foreign land is not the usual purview of Newton city government, it is appropriate that we have taken a clear and just position on our need to disengage from this war, and that indeed,  “attention has been paid”.