Peace and Justice Works
20 Years Later, the US is Still in Iraq
On March 19, 2003, the US launched a massive invasion and occupation of
Iraq, based on George W. Bush's false assertions of weapons of mass
destruction (WMDs) and leading to mass devastation from a "shock and awe"
bombing campaign. In 2011, President Barack Obama withdrew most of the
troops. In 2014, Obama sent more US military back into Iraq to engage in
warfare against the Islamic State. In 2017, President Donald Trump stepped
up the bombing, destroying most of the Iraqi city of Mosul. In 2020, Trump
ordered the assassination in Iraq of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani,
leading to a vote by the Iraqi Parliament to eject all US troops. Yet in
December 2021, President Joe Biden decided to leave 2500 American military
personnel in Iraq, where they remain to this day. Join Peace and Justice
Works Iraq Affinity Group at the weekly Rally for Peace and Justice on
Friday, March 17, 2023 at 5:00 PM to protest this ongoing occupation.
End the F-35 Fighter Jet Program
Friday, March 17, 2023 5:00 PM
Weekly Friday Rally for Peace and Justice
Please mask up and stay distanced for safety
Pioneer Courthouse Square,
SW Yamhill and Broadway
While the world continues to be rightfully appalled at Russia's invasion
of Ukraine, the US has never been held accountable for the attack on Iraq,
Afghanistan, or countless other military and economic acts of warfare.
Iraqis have not been free from US interference by war, sanctions and other
means since August, 1990. Iraq's infrastructure has never fully recovered
from the the 1991 "Gulf War," the 2003 invasion or other American-led
Meanwhile, the US is set to invest $1.7 trillion on a wasteful combat
aircraft program. Many of the over 220 organizations who signed a letter
in October are using the Iraq war anniversary to call for an end to the
F-35 fighter jet, citing "harm caused abroad, cost to the taxpayer,
inefficiencies, failures, environmental impact, and the effects training
has on local communities."
For more information, or if your group would like to
cosponsor or endorse this event, contact Peace and Justice Works Iraq
Affinity Group at
503-236-3065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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