Peace and Justice Works
Iraq: Still Recovering
Join Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group on Friday, March 19,
2021 for a march and rally marking 18 years since the US invaded
Iraq in 2003. The event, titled "Iraq: Still Recovering
18 Years After The US Invasion",
takes place at the weekly Friday
Peace and Justice at Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Yamhill and
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**
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. As part of an agreement by
Bush, President Barack Obama withdrew troops in 2011, only to send
back in to fight the Islamic State in 2014. In early 2020, President
Trump deeply damaged US-Iraq relations 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
Joe Biden the sixth consecutive US President to bomb the country of
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, which
threw that country into turmoil which is only now seeming to come to
resolution with a new unity government forming.
On February 26, President Biden ordered an airstrike in Syria to
retaliate for rocket attacks on a US military installation in Iraq. A
separate rocket attack in Iraq in early March prompted Defense Secretary
Lloyd Austin to declare that "We demand the right to protect our
troops." There seems to be no recognition that if the US had never invaded
Iraq, no American troops would be getting attacked.
It is time to end all US wars and bring the troops home!
This event is part of the weekly Friday rally for Peace and Justice, 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, endorsed
by the Pacific Green Party.
For more information, or 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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