Peace and Justice Works
Iraq: Still Recovering
Join us for a march and rally marking 18 years since the US invaded
Iraq in 2003. The US invasion and occupation was based on the
knowingly false information presented by the George W. Bush
administration alleging that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.
Members of Congress, including then-Senator Joe Biden, voted to authorize
war. After the invasion, no WMDs were found. In 2020, President Trump
deeply damaged US-Iraq relations in early 2020 by using a drone to
assassinate Iranian General Soleimani and an Iraqi militia leader. The
Iraqi parliament voted to demand the US leave their country. In late
January, the US killed an Islamic State leader in an airstrike, making
Biden the sixth consecutive US President to bomb the country of Iraq.
While there are now only 2500 US Troops in Iraq, the instability caused by
13 years of sanctions and war (1990-2003) and 18 years since the second
war and invasion, keep many Iraqis from having even their basic needs met.
While greatly reduced, attacks by ISIS, which did not exist before the
invasion, continue. The US embassy in Baghdad is the world's largest,
despite Iraq being the 36th largest country by population and 58th largest
in size. It is clear the US wants to stay in Iraq to control the oil
resources not just in Iraq but in the entire region. March 19 also
marks 10 years since Barack Obama launched the US war on Libya, three
years before sending more troops back into Iraq to battle ISIS. It is time
to end all US wars and bring the troops home!
18 Years After The US Invasion
Friday, March 19, 2021 5:00 PM
Weekly Friday Rally for Peace and Justice
Pioneer Courthouse Square,
SW Yamhill and Broadway
**Joe Biden is the 6th consecutive
US President to bomb Iraq**
This event is part of the weekly Friday rally for Peace and Justice in
Pioneer Square,which began shortly after the US invasion of Afghanistan in
2001. Begun by Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, Peace and Justice
Works has hosted these rallies since March, 2020.
Event coordinated by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group.
For more information, especially if your group would like to
cosponsor or endorse this event, contact Peace and Justice Works at
503-236-3065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(NOTE: The first two presidents to bomb Iraq were George HW Bush 1991-92
and Bill Clinton 1993-2000.)
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