June 2014 Archives
As violence escalates, opponents from within Iraq and across the world condemn Obama's push for military strikes on the war-tattered nation.
"We need to challenge this idea that Iraq has a legitimate government that is fighting terrorist organizations." -- Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies
Saturday, June 21: Rally and March with the World Can't Wait contingent
National "No New U.S. War on Iraq" - ANSWER Coalition
Powell BART Plaza (Fifth and Market Street), San Francisco
The most serious sectarian and ethnic tensions in Iraq's modern history followed the 2003 US-led occupation, which faced massive popular opposition and resistance.The US had its own divide-and-rule policy, promoting Iraqi organisations founded on religion, ethnicity, nationality or sect rather than politics. Many senior officers in the newly formed Iraqi army came from these organisations and Saddam's army. This was exacerbated three years ago, when sectarian groups in Syria were backed by the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
-- Sami Ramadani, London Metropolitan University
Torture is a war crime, and a crime against humanity. International and U.S. law prohibit torture, under any and all circumstances, without exception. If we fail to hold our government and its officials accountable for the American torture state they have constructed, we are condoning that torture and it will continue to occur.
photo: May 23rd Bay Area Global Day of Action