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No New War on Iraq
The Obama administration has already started the second phase of its war on Iraq by sending more 300 troops (“advisors”), special op forces, and armed drones ‘to protect its troops,’ target “high value individuals,” and according to General Martin Dempsey, the top US military officer, working to protect Iraq’s “critical infrastructure” (oil?). Of course, this is in addition to State Department behind-the-scenes maneuverings to direct the recalcitrant puppet Maliki government to try to stave off its total collapse.
Poll after poll shows the majority of the American people oppose any more military or political interventions in Iraq. The U.S. national antiwar/peace movement opposes U.S. military intervention in Iraq in any form; however, we have yet to achieve a much needed unity in action. Many groups are engaging in emergency protests and are issuing important statements, but united calls for action have more potential to inspire and more likelihood of achieving the level of mobilization necessary to tie Washington’s hands. We are asking every group and prominent individuals to sign on to thisUnity Statement and Call for Action in preparation for a national press conference and ongoing opposition to unending and deadly U.S. wars. Please sign by clicking on the link below the statement.
NO MORE U.S. WAR ON IRAQ
UNITY STATEMENT & CALL FOR ACTION
Again and again, the U.S. government chooses the disaster of war that creates a never-ending cycle of tragedy. Today’s escalating crisis in Iraq is a direct result of the illegal U.S.-led invasion and occupation of that country. The U.S. government used the false pretext of eliminating “weapons of mass destruction,” to mask a grab for power and oil. The result was the brutal murder of more than a million Iraqis, the deaths of thousands of U.S. soldiers, the creation of millions of refugees, over a trillion dollars spent, and the destabilization of an entire region. Today, the U.S. government considers sending more ground troops, renewed air strikes, drone attacks, Special Ops forces, privatized troops, arms shipments, and other covert operations, while it is hard-pressed to identify its allies and its military and political aims. We say No! Military intervention has not worked to bring peace; the bitter cycle must end.
We Call for
- · Immediate withdrawal of all U.S. military and non-military forces from Iraq
- · No military intervention – troops, bombs, drones, covert operations, arms
- · Money for Jobs and Education, Not for War and Incarceration
- · Say No to War in Iraq actions – vigils, demonstrations, rallies, forums,
media, petitions, lobbying President Obama and Congress
- · Emergency day-after actions if the US starts air strikes