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Rally - No Military Intervention in Iraq

When: Saturday, June 21, 2014, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: Park Street MBTA Station • Tremont & Park Sts. • Boston


Despite spending a trillion dollars on the Iraq war from 2003 to 2009 that cost the lives of 4500 U.S. soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and despite providing billions of dollars worth of training to the security forces of our brutal ally in Baghdad, Iraq faces the prospect of a horrible civil war. 

Former U.S. Marine veteran of the Iraq war in Fallujah, Ross Caputi, minces no words when he speaks of U.S. policy: “The Maliki regime has been waging a genocide against the Sunni population of Iraq for the past six months with US weapons. Any further support for Maliki, be it troops on the ground or more weapons, is absolutely unacceptable and immoral."

But as the situation in Iraq deteriorates, the “Never Learn” caucus is demanding more US military intervention in the form of ground troops, air strikes, Special Operations and weapons deliveries. The same leaders who lied to us to get us to go to war, now expect us to follow them down that same path again. And President Obama appears to be preparing for more military action. 

But the unfolding tragedy in Iraq is a direct consequence of the illegal and brutal American invasion and occupation of that country. That invasion tore Iraqi society apart, setting off sectarian tensions that had not existed and giving rise to an extremist group that had never had a base in Iraq before. 

It is pure lunacy to continue a policy that has caused so much suffering and turmoil. Whatever form it takes, U.S. military intervention will inflame the situation in the Middle East and drain more resources from our communities that need jobs, education and vital services.

Sponsored by United for Justice with Peace (UJP), the Committee for Peace and Human Rights, and other antiwar organizations and individuals in the Boston area.  

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