Elliot Abrams will be the featured speaker at AIPAC Minnesota’s Annual Event on June 29 at the Minneapolis Hilton. His name is associated with illegal wars, right-wing coups, death-squad terror and torture. Yet, many of our elected officials will come to hear Elliot Abrams—even our liberal governor, who, according to AIPAC’s announcement, will deliver “opening remarks” at the event.
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AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, describes itself as the most important organization affecting the U.S. relationship with Israel. AIPAC has one objective: strengthening American support for Israeli policies, no matter what the impact on the U.S. or the Mideast might be. When AIPAC hosts an event, politicians attend, as they are fearful of repercussions if they don’t give in to AIPAC’s demands—so fearful that they will spend an evening paying their respects to Elliot Abrams, a convicted criminal. Some of these politicians promised to work for peace and to focus on improving the lives of Minnesotans, not spending our tax money on endless wars. How can we believe these promises if they pay homage to someone like Elliot Abrams?
Elliot Abrams, AIPAC’s featured speaker, was one of the most odious participants in a particularly shameful chapter of U.S. history. As Ronald Reagan’s assistant secretary of state for Inter-American affairs, Abrams supervised U.S. policy in Latin America, which resulted in the killing of countless thousands of innocent civilians throughout Central America, murdered at the hands of American-trained death squads and military units—more than 200,000 civilians were murdered in Guatemala alone. Many more were tortured and raped by U.S. proxies and CIA operatives—all this with the connivance of Elliot Abrams, who lied to Congress about the atrocities. Abrams was convicted of perjury (and later pardoned by George H.W. Bush). Elliot Abrams was also one of the original signatories to the Project for a New American Century, which openly advocated for total global military domination. Under George W. Bush, Abrams held positions in the National Security Council where he oversaw Bush’s disastrous and unjust Mideast policies.
For those who stand on the side of human rights and justice, please join us in protesting AIPAC and Elliot Abrams. We will gather at the door of the Minneapolis Hilton, 1001 Marquette Avenue S, Minneapolis, Wednesday, June 29 at 5:30pm. We will remind AIPAC, and especially the politicians who support it, that we stand for a future of peace and justice, not war and occupation.