Hosted by NYC War Resisters League
From the Fedbook event page, https://www.facebook.com/events/163462817782943/
Come to the NY Public Library (Fifth Ave. at 41st St.) at 11:30 am to protest the endless war in Iraq — now 15 years since the U.S. invasion — followed by a 12 noon march along 42nd St. to the Times Square military recruiting station (43rd St. and 7th Ave.).
Sponsored by NY War Resisters League, Pax Christi Metro New York, World Can’t Wait, Veterans For Peace/Chapter 34, Brooklyn For Peace, Granny Peace Brigade, KnowDrones.com, NYC Metro Raging Grannies, Peace and Justice Committee of Uptown Progressive Action
To download a 4-up call to action flyer for the demonstration, go to https://nycwarresistersdotorg.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/3-19-18_call-to-action1.pdf
An article fro Counter Punch entitled, The Iraq Death Toll 15 Years After the US Invasion states,, March 19 marks 15 years since the U.S.-U.K invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the American people have no idea of the enormity of the calamity the invasion unleashed. The US military has refused to keep a tally of Iraqi deaths. General Tommy Franks, the man in charge of the initial invasion, bluntly told reporters, “We don’t do body counts.” One survey found that most Americans thought Iraqi deaths were in the tens of thousands. But our calculations, using the best information available, show a catastrophic estimate of 2.4 million Iraqi deaths since the 2003 invasion.
The number of Iraqi casualties is not just a historical dispute, because the killing is still going on today. Since several major cities in Iraq and Syria fell to Islamic State in 2014, the U.S. has led the heaviest bombing campaign since the American War in Vietnam, dropping 105,000 bombs and missiles and reducing most of Mosul and other contested Iraqi and Syrian cities to rubble.
15 Years After Invasion, Demands for Iraq War Reparations, New Global Peace Movement
The war “provided the platform for mass civilian casualties, war crimes, and a vast boon to corporations seeking to profit from war-making—with almost complete impunity to this day.”
Marking the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a human and civil rights organization issued a renewed demand for reparations for survivors of the war and said a “new, global anti-war movement is needed more than ever.”
In its statement released Monday, the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) calls attention to the ongoing human costs of the war as well as the lack of punishment government officials and corporate entities have faced for atrocities they committed in Iraq.
The “illegal war” that began in 2003, the group says, “provided the platform for mass civilian casualties, war crimes, and a vast boon to corporations seeking to profit from war-making—with almost complete impunity to this day.”
Full interview with Debra Sweet here,, https://youtu.be/Lo-PgHyJ7ns
And the Fedbook livestream https://www.facebook.com/AprilWatters4/videos/10215168340272821/
No Good Can Come of Military Action in the Middle East
The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was conducted in a lawless way, destroying education, legal, medical, water, sewage, security and electrical systems. When Iraqis rebelled, Bush’s “surge” in 2007 handed out arms to Sunni and Shia, supporting death squads on both sides to set them against each other.
U.S. intervention left what had been a relatively secular country split along sectarian lines, with a weak puppet government, and a huge opening for Islamic fundamentalists to push for religious rule.
War on Iraq has never helped the Iraqi People
Bombings, economic strangulation through sanctions, and occupation of Iraq for almost 3 decades (since the Gulf War in 1990) are responsible for uncounted deaths – possibly over 1 million – leaving a third of the population displaced, in need of emergency aid or dead. The U.S. began bombing Iraq again in 2014, based on the lie that Islamic fundamentalist groups represent an immediate threat to the U.S.
Numbers are numbing, especially numbers that rise into the millions. But please remember that each person killed represents someone’s loved one.
Of the countries where the U.S. and its allies have been waging war since 2001, Iraq is the only one where epidemiologists have actually conducted comprehensive mortality studies based on the best practices that they have developed in war zones such as Angola, Bosnia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan and Uganda. In all these countries, as in Iraq, the results of comprehensive epidemiological studies revealed 5 to 20 times more deaths than previously published figures based on “passive” reporting by journalists, NGOs or governments.
Two such reports on Iraq came out in the prestigious The Lancet medical journal, first in 2004 and then in 2006. The 2006 study estimated that about 600,000 Iraqis were killed in the first 40 months of war and occupation in Iraq, along with 54,000 non-violent but still war-related deaths.
The US and UK governments dismissed the report, saying that the methodology was not credible and that the numbers were hugely exaggerated. In countries where Western military forces have not been involved, however, similar studies have been accepted and widely cited without question or controversy. Based on advice from their scientific advisers, British government officials privately admitted that the 2006 Lancet report was“likely to be right,” but precisely because of its legal and political implications, the U.S. and British governments led a cynical campaign to discredit it.