Last week, we saw the Prime Minister launch his campaign – and the most astonishing thing happened. As the leader of a nation at war, setting out his vision for the future, Mr Howard failed to even mention the war for which he is responsible – not a single word.
??We are not experts. But we are two young Australian women who know something about the real cost of this war in Iraq. I, Louise, survived the 2005 London bombings. I underwent six operations and spent three months in traction. And I, Sam, was married to Jacob McMillan – an American soldier, my 25 year old love, who was killed in action in Iraq last December. ??
Please. Join over 60,000 of us calling for accountability – and a plan to end the mess in Iraq by putting your name to the petition below: ??www.getup.org.au/campaign/OurOwnPlanForIraq
??We think anyone who wants to lead Australia must have a plan for peace. So today, we are publicly asking Mr Howard to meet with us before the election so we can directly present your petition and report his answer back to you. ??We don’t know if he will agree to meet. We’re just two people. But we do know that when thousands of Australians sign the petition, we all become part of something too big to ignore. So please sign below: ??www.getup.org.au/campaign/OurOwnPlanForIraq
??We know war can seem remote to many Australians, especially this war in Iraq, but it is very real to us. It has changed our lives – and the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. ??This issue must not simply slip away because our politicians would rather ignore it.
Together, we can make sure that what happened to us doesn’t have to happen to any more Australians before we finally start down the road towards peace. ??Please add your name today: ??www.getup.org.au/campaign/OurOwnPlanForIraq ??
Thank you for standing up, ??–Louise Barry and Sam McMillan ?Tuesday, November 13th 2007
??P.S. Whilst in Sydney recently to accept the Sydney Peace Prize, the former UN Weapons Inspector Hans Blix caught up with GetUp Executive Director, Brett Solomon. He had some really interesting things to say about how we got to where we are, and how to get from here to peace. You can read Hans’ message to GetUp members on our blog here.