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ALA Council Calls for Withdrawal from Iraq
Library Journal ^ | June 29, 2005 | ALA Council

Posted on 07/08/2005 7:47:38 AM PDT by katagious

The Council of the American Library Association (ALA) has passed a resolution that calls for the withdrawal from Iraq of all U.S. military forces and a return of full sovereignty to the people of Iraq. The resolution passed June 29 during the annual conference of ALA in Chicago. The resolution further urges the U.S. government to switch its budgetary priorities from the occupation of Iraq to the improved support of vital domestic programs and calls upon the government to provide material assistance through the United Nations for the reconstruction of Iraq, including its museums, libraries, schools, and other cultural institutions. The resolution will be sent to all members of Congress, the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, President, and the press. The Council is the governing body of ALA and determines all policies for the association.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ala; handwringers; iraq; library
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This is my first time posting...Please forgive me if I'm not doing this correctly or breaking any "rules". I was shocked by this, although I guess I shouldn't be.
1 posted on 07/08/2005 7:47:38 AM PDT by katagious
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... and, in a related story: the United States military issued a public call for "the immediate withdrawal of all librarians' heads from their respective nether regions."


2 posted on 07/08/2005 7:49:42 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("As a conservative site, Free Republic is pro-G-d, PRO-LIFE..." -- FR founder Jim Robinson)
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Welcome to FR! You'll find out in short order that the ALA's assorted antics and misdeeds are well-known around here...

:^)

3 posted on 07/08/2005 7:50:24 AM PDT by SAJ
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To: katagious

And to enforce their demands, the ALA is sending out thousands of jack-booted librarians to revoke library cards.


4 posted on 07/08/2005 7:50:42 AM PDT by Hornet19 (Know what happens to a Democrat that takes Viagra? He just gets a little taller.)
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Oh my, the librarians are gonna bring this madness to an end. LOL


5 posted on 07/08/2005 7:50:51 AM PDT by cripplecreek (I zot trolls for fun and profit.)
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To: katagious
The Council of the American Library Association (ALA) has passed a resolution that calls for the withdrawal from Iraq of all U.S. military forces and a return of full sovereignty to the people of Iraq.

So? Are we really suppose to care what they think? WHO CARES?

Can't we just give them a few new books to keep them busy and out of peoples way?

Who are these arrogant turds, anyway?

6 posted on 07/08/2005 7:51:40 AM PDT by concerned about politics (Vote Republican - Vote morally correct!)
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In other news, the concrete finishers of America demand that gitmo be closed immediately. (/sarcasm)


7 posted on 07/08/2005 7:52:19 AM PDT by listenhillary (The interests of Muslims and interests of socialists coincide in the war against crusaders~OBL)
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...calls upon the government to provide material assistance through the United Nations for the reconstruction of Iraq...

That pretty much says it all.

8 posted on 07/08/2005 7:52:33 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws spawned the runaway federal health care monopoly and fund terrorism.)
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I've read the text of the actual resolution. It looks like it came straight from the talking points of the DNC or MoveOn.org. It begins with something like, "Whereas, the justification for the invasion of Iraq has proven to be false . . ."


9 posted on 07/08/2005 7:54:28 AM PDT by LanPB01
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i was waiting to hear what the wise & helpful librarians had to say about foreign policy and wot before forming any conclusions...

after all, who would know more about whats going on in the world than a librarian?

< sarcasm off >

10 posted on 07/08/2005 7:54:28 AM PDT by NoClones
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Wow. The erudite members of the ALA call for withdrawal, eh? I know that I'm impressed by their decision. /s I wonder what equally important and weighty decisions they've made lately in regard to their expressed area of expertise-- LIBRARIES.


11 posted on 07/08/2005 7:54:36 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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I'm just shocked that librarians are passing political resolutions. What a wacky country we live in.


12 posted on 07/08/2005 7:54:48 AM PDT by agrace (Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me if you know so much. Job 38:4)
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I'll listen to foreign policy demands from the ALA when they allow the State Deparment to decide what sits on their shelves. Let librarians run the libraries, let the government run foreign policy, OK?

Silly buggers...


13 posted on 07/08/2005 7:55:07 AM PDT by timpad (The Wizard Tim - Keeper of the Holy Hand Grenade, Finder of Obscurata)
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To: Clara Lou

Prepare to be dazzled by the knowledge of the ALA:

Resolution on the Connection between the Iraq War and Libraries

Whereas, the justifications for the invasion of Iraq have proven to be
completely unfounded; and

Whereas, the war already has taken the lives of more than 100,000 Iraqis and
more than 1700 U.S. soldiers; and

Whereas, these numbers will continue to mount as long as the U.S. remains in
Iraq; and

Whereas, during the current occupation, many of Iraq's cultural treasures,
including libraries, archives, manuscripts, and artifacts, have been
destroyed, lost, or stolen; and

Whereas, as long as U.S. forces remain in Iraq, the inevitable escalation of
fighting threatens further destruction of Iraq's cultural heritage; and

Whereas, the U.S. is spending billions of dollars every month for the
occupation; and

Whereas, even a small fraction of these resources would be more than
sufficient for rebuilding and greatly enhancing the libraries and educational
institutions of both Iraq and the US; therefore, be it

Resolved that the American Library Association calls for the withdrawal from
Iraq of all U.S. military forces, and the return of full sovereignty to the
people of Iraq.

Resolved that the American Library Association urges the United States
government to subsequently shift its budgetary priorities from the occupation
of Iraq to improved support for vital domestic programs, including U.S.
libraries.

Resolved that the American Library Association calls upon the United States
government to provide material assistance through the United Nations for the
reconstruction of Iraq, including its museums, libraries, schools, and other
cultural resources.

Resolved that this resolution be sent to all members of Congress, the
Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of State, the President of the United
States, and the press.

Related ALA policies:
18.4 Resolution on Libraries and Cultural Resources in Iraq (June 25, 2003)
53.7 Destruction of Libraries
53.8 Libraries: an American Value

Additional precedent: ALA Resolution on the Southeast Asia Conflict (1971)

Mover: Tom Twiss; Seconder: Mary Sue Brown

Approved by ALA Council, June 29, 2005


14 posted on 07/08/2005 7:57:22 AM PDT by LanPB01
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To: katagious
A local bookstore used to sell T-shirts that said "Reading Rots The Mind".

I always thought it was a joke.

Maybe not.

15 posted on 07/08/2005 7:59:13 AM PDT by Semi Civil Servant
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The ALA should stick to what it knows-providing porn to children.


16 posted on 07/08/2005 8:01:45 AM PDT by Spok
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“I remember when librarians didn't talk about their private lives... they didn't have one!” -Mr. Bookman, Library Detective
17 posted on 07/08/2005 8:02:13 AM PDT by johnny7 ('Deservin ain't got 'nothin to do with it! -Will Money)
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The Council of the American Library Association (ALA) has passed a resolution that calls for the withdrawal from Iraq of all U.S. military forces and a return of full sovereignty to the people of Iraq.

Goodness - we didn't know the ALA was calling for that! We're scrambling araound right now, getting ready to withdraw - right away! Right away! Every single American here!

We're outta here, man!

18 posted on 07/08/2005 8:05:12 AM PDT by Allegra (On the Rocks With Salt, Please...)
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The resolution further urges the U.S. government to switch its budgetary priorities from the occupation of Iraq to the improved support of vital domestic programs

What? What vital domestic programs do we need that we don't already have? This nation is O.D.ing on social programs. They're killing us.

Decisions, decisions. Should we destroy ourselves through social programs, or let the terrorist kill us quicker and get it over with? Hmmmmm. That's a hard one.

19 posted on 07/08/2005 8:05:43 AM PDT by concerned about politics (Vote Republican - Vote morally correct!)
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Wow! That settles it, then.

All librarians out of Iraq!


20 posted on 07/08/2005 8:06:32 AM PDT by little jeremiah (A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, are incompatible with freedom. P. Henry)
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