Today, March 20th, is marked as the anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. I deployed in June of 2003 just after the initial invasion and not a day goes by that I do not think about the Kurdish and Iraqi people that I met during my time there. What are their lives like now?
It’s clear we are in the midst of a global crisis right now with covid-19 spreading rapidly, causing strain on our healthcare system, and exposing how so many are left vulnerable while others have more than they could ever need.
As our we face this crisis, I remember that catastrophic conditions are nothing new to the people in Iraq.
It pains me that the people continue to suffer ongoing violence and oppression. It pains me even further that the people of Iraq cannot hide from the consequences of our choices, unlike the leadership of this country that’s responsible for making them. Many of the politicians responsible for the disastrous choices leading to the atrocities in the War on Iraq are still running our country. And the profiteers who benefit are still in business. I cannot allow this reality to be erased.
We had to cancel our physical actions, but we hope you will join us in doing a few small things to help ensure the Iraqi people are not forgotten today.
1. Change your social media profile pictures to this image
And ask others in your networks to raise awareness by making this their profile pic as well. Here is a sample post to get you started:
Veterans: Today is the 17th Anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. I know that #Coronovirus is top of mind for many, but as a veteran of the so-called “War on Terror” that continues to do immeasurable harm, I’m asking my friends to join me using this graphic for your profile pic so the ongoing assault on Iraqi people isn’t forgotten #USOutOfIraq
Supporters: Today is the 17th Anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. I know that #Coronovirus is top of mind for many, but the Iraqi people continue to face immeasurable harm because of the ongoing so-called “War on Terror.” Today I’m asking my friends to join me using this graphic for your profile pic so the ongoing assault on Iraqi people isn’t forgotten #USOutOfIraq
2. Join the Discussion on Twitter today
Share this graphic on your social media and invite others to join the discussion. If you are on twitter, join by responding to the questions posted at the start time from our account @VetsAboutFace and using #USOutofIraq in your tweets.
3. Share these simple demands on social media
Join About Face as we call for the United States of America to be held accountable. Join us as we call for our reckless leadership to finally put an end to the AUMF and the killings in the Middle East. Respect Iraqi sovereignty now! Troops out of Iraq now! End all sanctions now! No more excuses for violence on the poor!
4. If you are able, donate directly to Iraqi Organizations
We recommend the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq as they continue to do what they can to meet community needs and rebuild. You can donate to them HERE.
Seventeen years ago the US military invaded Iraq, many of us were there and live with regret that we participated. But more important than our regret is our commitment to changing the destructive foreign policy of the US and working towards reparations and restoration for those harmed by US militarism.
We hold the fact that we are in crisis, and the fact that Iraq is feeling this global health crisis in a magnitude that is multiplied by seventeen years of death, destruction, and instability caused by US invasion, occupation, and interference.
Join us and lift up the people of Iraq as they fight for liberation and freedom in the midst of this health crisis and in spite of the damage war has done to their homeland.
#USOutofIraq #HealthcareNotWarfare #DropTheMIC
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