13 Years, 13 Reasons
September 11, 2014
As we commemorate the 13th anniversary of 9/11, we recall the invasion of Afghanistan the US launched one month after the attacks, and the war on Iraq launched on lies in 2002 - and look in horror at conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan today. The lesson? War and violence are the problem, NOT the solution to terrorism.
Based on the
speech President Obama gave yesterday, it seems like he –– and the
entire US government –– still haven’t learned that lesson.
in Iraq and Syria is complicated, with no easy or perfect solutions.
While we are concerned for the safety of the Iraqi and Syrian people
threatened by ISIS, we know that American military force and contractors will only make the crisis worse and cause more suffering. Read the full CODEPINK statement on the situation, and check out Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS for alternative solutions from our friend Phyllis Bennis from the Institute for Policy Studies.
Plus, we can’t afford it –– we need that money here at home. The U.S. has already spent $500 million
on the new military intervention in Iraq. The annualized cost of these
military operations in Iraq alone is projected to total more than $5 billion.
Think of how that money could help the long-term unemployed, homeless
families, rebuilding of decaying infrastructure, our response to climate
War doesn’t work. It
certainly doesn’t make us more safe. Killing more people will not bring
justice for those who died in the terrible attacks 13 years ago. It’s
our duty as the peace movement to expose the lies we are being told and
stand up for truth!
With hope for a world without war,