Noam Chomsky's Statement of Support for the Appeal for Redress Signers

"A large majority of Iraqis, and an overwhelming majority in the areas where troops are deployed, believe that the presence of foreign forces increases the threat of violence, and want them to be withdrawn, either immediately (2/3 of Baghdadis) or with a firm timetable, for most within a year or less. The invasion has created such a hideous catastrophe that more than 90 percent feel they were better off under Saddam Hussein, and a majority regard U.S. troops as legitimate targets. These figures have been regularly increasing. The Active-Duty Military petition is an act of courage and integrity, and recognition of a reality that is becoming more grim every day we fail to heed the voices of the victims."