Vets Say: No Military Intervention In Iraq

Tell President Obama to Do the Right Thing, DO NOT Intervene in Iraq

Veterans For Peace calls on President Obama and Congress to stay out of Iraq. Stop providing arms to the government of Iraq. Do not conduct bombing missions of any sort in Iraq, including drone strikes and do not put troops on the ground. It is clear that after decades of war, adding more weapons and violence to the war torn country is not in the best interest of the Iraqi or American people. U.S. intervention will not stop the violence, it will only add new fuel to an already raging fire.

What can you do to help in this moment of crisis?OWFI

    • Join with Iraq Veterans Against the War in supporting the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), one of IVAW’s partners in their Right to Heal Initiative. MADRE is collecting emergency donations for OWFI to help them relocate the residents of their women’s shelter to safer places. OWFI has shelters for women fleeing domestic violence in many areas that are now under siege. They are rapidly mobilizing women and children to safer areas where they hope to relocate their shelters. Learn more about OWFI here. Donate to help OWFI here.
    • Join local protest to make visible in the streets the mass sentiment against U.S. renewed intervention in Iraq. 

No More Iraq WarA political solution, worked out among the people of Iraq is the only viable answer. U.S. military intervention will assuredly draw anti-U.S. forces from across the region into the fight making a political solution nearly impossible. If President Obama and Congress really want to do what is best for the people of Iraq, the U.S. should use all its diplomatic and economic resources to push the parties to the negotiation table and work to end the armed conflict.

How do we know U.S. intervention is not a solution? We have seen it before. The U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq brought a cost of $1.5 trillion and counting, thousands of service members killed with tens of thousands wounded and maimed with physical and psychological scars, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths and wounded with millions displaced from their homes as refugees. Why would this time be any different? War is clearly not the answer. It is time for the U.S. to use its power for a peaceful means to bring an end to war.

Below is a photo gallery of a protest held at the White House on June 16, 2014. The photos were taken by Ted Majdosz. You can see more photos here.

  • DoubleCheck

    The arms merchants, such as Lester Crown, who own a piece of President Barf aren’t going to let him fall into the apostasy of peace.

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  • Gary Masters

    It is obvious that we know what does not work because it did not work. But in the future we may deal with Iran and we may want to support limited cooperation. Why tie the hands of our negotiators when we may want to solve the problem? Do not limit our future by fear of the past.

  • kevinzeese

    How about rather than looking at it as “fears of the past” look at it as “lessons from the past.” Maybe we should relearn the ancient lesson: violence begets violence.

  • Gary Masters

    Surrender begets death. But you make a good point. If it were an easy decision, we would never get into problems. But we do.

  • Gary Masters

    They will fight it out if we participate or not. It will happen. The question is “Can we do anything that will return peace?” Will it do more harm than good.

  • jwhitehawke

    Supplying Iraq with weapons? Why not just give them to ISIS like in Syria?

  • kevinzeese

    Non-intervention is not surrender. Deciding that the US should get involved is a smart decision for US national interest. No need to be pejorative about making a sensible decision by calling it surrender — when it is not surrender.

  • kevinzeese

    It is war and militarism that begets death, non-intervention avoids death and destruction.

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