President Obama announced last night that the United States of America will be taking part in the civil war in Iraq on the side of Shiite combatants. American involvement in the Iraqi civil war will begin with bombings of Sunni combatants.
The American military has been in Iraq since 1990 – that’s 24 years. In all that time, America’s war machinery hasn’t brought Iraq peace, stability, or an ethical democratic government.
Where will American fighting in Iraq turn next?
From Code Pink: “The people of Iraq need peace, reconciliation, development and a truly representative government, free of US and other foreign interests.”
From Iraq Veterans Against The War: “Those of us who were there know first hand that US military solutions in Iraq do not serve the interests of the Iraqi people. We advocate for the self-determination of all people, in this case the people of Iraq. Any solution to this crisis must come from them.”
From Peace Action: “This gut-wrenching situation in Iraq does not justify the U.S. escalation of the civil war, entailing certain if unknown disastrous unintended consequences, as we’ve seen before in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere.”