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We Demand Peace in Iraq & Syria
November 11, 2014 @ 12:00 pm
Rally followed by the Armistice Day Parade of Veterans for Peace
• Stop the Bombing – No more military intervention in Iraq and Syria
• Bring the troops home now
• Stop sending weapons into the region which are leading to so much bloodshed
• Support humanitarian aid, through neutral institutions, for victims of the conflict
• Support self-determination and the demilitarization of the area
As we observe Armistice Day/Veterans Day this week, we are in a never-ending war and expanding military intervention, this time in Syria and Iraq. Our leaders say that these new wars will last for years. But over the past 13 years, this country has already spent one trillion, five hundred billion dollars for wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and other parts of the Middle East and South Asia. These military actions have brought hundreds of thousands of deaths, but neither peace nor security. Meanwhile, these hundreds of billions of dollars could have been used instead to provide for jobs, human needs and renewable energy.
The current campaign to sell this war has nothing to do with protecting us or the people of the area. Instead, it is intended to secure control of the area by repressive governments and sectarian militias allied (for the time being) with Washington. The current bombing campaign is a violation of the U.N. Charter and the U.S. constitution. In its sweep through Syria and Iraq, ISIS is using modern U.S. weapons that were previously sent into the region in order to stabilize a corrupt and brutal regime in Baghdad and to overthrow Syria’s government.
Is bombing an answer to these sectarian conflicts? Do these actions reflect the interests of working people in the U.S. or the peoples of the Middle East? We should not be involved militarily in a sectarian conflict that our war in Iraq set off. Rather, we should be support a policy of non-intervention and self-determination. Any real and lasting solution to the problems in the region must come from the peoples of that region themselves, not from the Pentagon.
Call Congress at (202) 224-3121 and say:
“I want Congress to reconvene immediately to fully debate a new “Authorization for Use of Military Force” (AUMF) that deals with Syria, Iraq, and ISIS. And when the vote comes, I want you to vote no.”
For more info or to help organize: United for Justice with Peace, 617-383-4857, firstname.lastname@example.org