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November 5, 2007: This website is an archive of the former website, traprockpeace.org, which was created 10 years ago by Charles Jenks. It became one of the most populace sites in the US, and an important resource on the antiwar movement, student activism, 'depleted' uranium and other topics. Jenks authored virtually all of its web pages and multimedia content (photographs, audio, video, and pdf files. As the author and registered owner of that site, his purpose here is to preserve an important slice of the history of the grassroots peace movement in the US over the past decade. He is maintaining this historical archive as a service to the greater peace movement, and to the many friends of Traprock Peace Center. Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.

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Nobel Winner Carter Says Iraq Moves to Avert War

Sun December 8, 2002 07:04 AM ET
By Alister Doyle

OSLO (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter arrived in Oslo Sunday to collect the Nobel Peace Prize and said Iraqi compliance with U.N. weapons inspectors was a "good step" toward averting any U.S.-led war.

Carter, a 78-year-old Democrat, landed at Oslo airport two days before he collects the $1.0 million prize at a glittering prize ceremony in Oslo's City Hall.
Asked if chances of a U.S.-led war against Baghdad had diminished because President Saddam Hussein had allowed back U.N. weapons inspectors, he told reporters:
"Yes, I think that if Iraq does continue to comply completely then I see no reason for the war and I think it's a good step forward," he said. "But nobody knows what to expect."
Iraq issued a giant dossier Saturday which it says shows it has no weapons of mass destruction despite deep skepticism by President Bush. Bush has threatened war if the United States judges that Baghdad is deceiving the international community.

The five-member Nobel Committee announced in October that it was awarding Carter, who was president in 1977-81, the prize for "decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.

But the head of the Committee, Gunnar Berge, went beyond the official citation to say bluntly that the award was also meant as a "kick in the legs" to Bush because of his drive to oust Saddam.

Carter said in September that it would be a "tragic mistake" for the United States to attack Iraq without the support of the United Nations.

Saturday, Saddam also apologized for his country's 1990-1991 occupation of his oil-rich neighbor Kuwait. In his letter, however, he blamed Kuwait's leadership for precipitating the invasion.

Carter, who has worked for peace in nations from Haiti to North Korea since he stepped down as president, will give a news conference Monday before receiving the prize Tuesday. "We're very grateful for the honor and looking forward to the ceremonies," he said on behalf of himself, family, friends and colleagues.

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