10 Years Since the U.S. Invasion of Iraq
...and the mess the U.S. made of Iraq continues...
GLN permalink 3-14-2013
Next week marks the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, an invasion based on lies, promulgated by a Republican President and supported by a Democratic Congress. And it caused at least a few hundred thousand deaths.
Today, the roles are somewhat reversed. The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported -- with a straight face -- that the Obama administration is again ramping up the C.I.A.'s presence in Iraq.
Iraq, like President Obama's "good war" in Afghanistan, is ruled by a brutal, dysfunctional kleptocracy, and so the Wall Street Journal's front page revelation passed with barely a peep of protest from any major politician in the United States.
But think for a moment, what the reaction would be If any foreign power publicly announced that it was ramping up a spy operation in the United States! What would Americans think of such a foreign power? Would not there be resentment at that country?
It speaks volumes about the arrogance of U.S. foreign policy that this "new normal" of U.S. spying and military activity in other countries is accepted by politicians of both major parties here, but that hoots of protest would accompany any other country treating the United States in exactly the same manner as the U.S. routinely treats others.
On the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Gay Liberation Network and many other organizations invite you to participate in two activities to protest the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a war that continues to traumatize a nation of 31 million people:
Protest Over a Decade of U.S. Wars and Occupations for Empire
4 PM, Tuesday, March 19
Corner of Jackson Blvd. and LaSalle Street
Co-sponsored by Chicago World Can't Wait, Veterans for Peace and the Gay Liberation Network
Join the Facebook event and help promote the protest!
10 Years since Iraq: The Changing Face of War
7 PM, Wednesday, March 20
637 S. Dearborn Street
A panel discussion in which GLN's Andy Thayer will join Peter Lems of the American Friends Service Committee, Kait McIntyre of the Anti-War Committee, Vince Emanuele of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Victoria Crider of the Campaign for a Trauma Center at University of Chicago Hospitals. Sponsored by: Anti-War Committee, American Friends Service Committee, 8th Day Center for Justice, American Muslim Alliance - IL, American Muslim Task Force - IL, Pakistan Federation of America, Pashtun Jarga of America, U.S. Palestinian Community Network, Iraq Veterans Against the War (Chicago & Indiana Chapters), Veterans for Peace - Indiana Chapter, and the Gay Liberation Network.
Help spread the word by joining and sharing the Facebook event.