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No New War on Iraq!

Statement of the United National Antiwar Coalition

[The following statement. received from the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) on June 30, 2014, has been edited slightly for style purposes. We are posting it together with several other statements against any new war in Iraq.—The Editors, Labor Standard]

The Obama administration has already started the second phase of its war on Iraq by sending 300 more troops (“advisers”), Special Ops forces, and armed drones “to protect its troops,” target “high value individuals,” and according to General Martin Dempsey, the top US military officer, working to protect Iraq’s “critical infrastructure” (oil?). Of course, this is in addition to State Department behind-the-scenes maneuverings to direct the recalcitrant puppet Maliki government to try to stave off its total collapse.

Poll after poll shows the majority of the American people oppose any more military or political interventions in Iraq. The U.S. national antiwar/peace movement opposes U.S. military intervention in Iraq in any form; however, a much needed unity in action still needs to be achieved. Many groups are engaging in emergency protests and are issuing important statements, but united calls for action have more potential to inspire and more likelihood of achieving the level of mobilization necessary to tie Washington’s hands. We are asking every group and prominent individuals to sign on to this Unity Statement and Call for Action in preparation for a national press conference and ongoing opposition to unending and deadly U.S. wars. Please sign by clicking on the link below the statement.

No More U.S. War on Iraq
Unity Statement and Call for Action

Again and again, the U.S. government chooses the disaster of war that creates a never-ending cycle of tragedy. Today’s escalating crisis in Iraq is a direct result of the illegal U.S.-led invasion and occupation of that country. The U.S. government used the false pretext of eliminating “weapons of mass destruction,” to mask a grab for power and oil. The result was the brutal murder of more than a million Iraqis, the deaths of thousands of U.S. soldiers, the creation of millions of refugees, over a trillion dollars spent, and the destabilization of an entire region. Today, the U.S. government considers sending more ground troops, renewed air strikes, drone attacks, Special Ops forces, privatized troops, arms shipments, and other covert operations, while it is hard-pressed to identify its allies and its military and political aims. We say No! Military intervention has not worked to bring peace; the bitter cycle must end.

We Call for

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Medea Benjamin, Code Pink
William Camacaro, Coordinator, Bolivarian Circle
Ross Caputi, Iraq War veteran, film maker and antiwar activist
Steve Downs, National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, Project SALAM
Michael Eisencher, U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW)
Bernadette Ellorin, BAYAN USA
Sara Flounders, International Action Center
Glen Ford, Executive editor, Black Agenda Report
Jerry Gordon, National Secretary, Labor Fightback Network
Connie Hogarth, Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action
Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Non-violence
Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report
Marilyn Levin, Co-coordinator, United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
Joe Lombardo, Co-coordinator, United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
Patrick McCann, President, Veterans for Peace
Kathy Manley, National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, Project SALAM
Ray McGovern, Retired CIA officer turned political activist
Nick Mottern, Coordinator —
Abdul Malik Mujahid, Muslim Peace Coalition
Lucy Pagoada-Quesada, Colectivo Honduras USA Resistencia
Coleen Rowley, Former FBI agent, whistleblower and political activist
Pete Shell, Thomas Merton Center Antiwar Committee
Alice Slater, Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons
David Swanson, Author of "War is a Lie"
Lynne Stewart, People’s Lawyer, Freed Political Prisoner
Saadia Toor, Pakistan Solidarity Network
Corine Willinger, Granny Peace Brigade
Ann Wright, Former U.S. Army colonel and State Department Official who quit over Iraq War
Leila Zand, Fellowship of Reconciliation
Kevin Zeese, Leading peace activist

And many more

(Organizations for identification purposes only)