We urge LPF members to tell President Obama and your members of Congress that you oppose the U.S. engaging in any form of military action in response to the growing conflict in Iraq. The peace community is united around this position, and for good reason. A wide range of experts agree that military action would not be an effective and constructive response to the conflict. In fact, it could easily make a bad situation worse — “like pouring gasoline on a fire” is how one Peace Action leader put it. So please contact your elected leaders today!
A little background: In the past decade, the US invasion of Iraq, other military action, and taking sides in regional differences (and demonizing others a “terrorist”) have played a major role in deepening existing conflicts. Instead, as we have been saying for years, the US needs to join with other nations to use diplomacy and address the roots of these conflict(s) such as poverty and discrimination. At the same time, we need to help ease tensions and move toward reconciliation among the various groups (Shia, Sunni, Kurd, etc.). Such a longer-range approach has its own challenges, but imagine if a decade ago, we had begun spending even a tenth of what the war cost on development aid, supporting democratic initiatives, working with other nations.
We need to put a barrier in front of the push for military action; and move the US toward collaborative action with other nations on strategies that have a chance of success over the long-term. Contact your elected officials today!
Diplomacy Not More Arms Needed in Iraq and Syria
As Obama Considers Drone Strikes in Iraq, Could U.S. Military Action
Worsen Sectarian Conflict?
“5 Principals for Iraq,” by Thomas Friedman, NY Times, 6-15-14
“Stay Out of Sectarian Civil Wars” ——-could be in 2nd section
other useful links:
“The Almighty Mess in Iraq”
“The Iraq Mess: Place Blame Where it Is Deserved, by John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 6-13-14 blog post
“Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart”