Jubilee USA and Africa Action have written a letter to President George Bush and Treasury Secretary John Snow, asking them to work at the upcoming IMF, World Bank, and G-8 meetings to ensure 100% cancellation of all African debts to these institutions without imposing harmful economic conditions. This letter has already been signed by hundreds of religious leaders.
Here are some ways to help make the argument for President Bush and Congress to carry this action through.
1) Remind Conservative Congressmen of Their Claimed Observance of Biblical Values
Deuteronomy 15:1-12 — In addition to the first three debt principles we discovered in Exodus and Leviticus, here in Deuteronomy we encounter a fourth principle, namely that debts were to last no longer than seven years: “At the end of every seven years you shall grant a remission of debts.” A fifth principle contained in Deuteronomy 15:12 is that debt brings about a decrease in a man’s freedom and productivity for God, even to the point of slavery. Finally, the sixth debt principle, found in verse six, is that having a surplus to lend to the pagans is a blessing from God for obedience to His principles for living: “For the Lord your God shall bless you as He has promised you, and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow….”
2) Suggest that, if that isn’t reason enough, all we have to do is invade, as that’s cause enough to forgive debt owed even to our veteran prisoners of war.
Having nearly lost his life fighting for his country, the retired lieutenant colonel cannot understand why the Bush administration is blocking a court decision to pay millions to 17 ex-POWs from Gulf War I.
Last summer, a U.S. district court judge said the Iraqi government was liable for $653 million in compensatory damages and $306 million in punitive damages.
Each of the ex-POWs was awarded about $30 million, spouses $10 million, and parents, children and siblings, $5 million. There were 37 family members involved in the lawsuit, including Foxes brothers and sisters. The litigants have established a POW foundation, and have said that a portion of the award, if they ever get it, will help future POWs and their families.
The ex-POWs are rich, but only on paper because the Bush administration says the more than $2.7 billion seized from Hussein is needed to rebuild the war-torn nation. The group is now suing the Department of the Treasury to get what they say is theirs.