Friday, February 18, 2005
Iraq Veterans Against the War..
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) is a group of veterans who have served since September 11th, 2001 including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
We are committed to saving lives and ending the violence in Iraq by an immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces. We also believe that the governments that sponsored these wars are indebted to the men and women who were forced to fight them and must give their Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen the benefits that are owed to them upon their return home.
We welcome all active duty, national guard, reservists, and recent veterans into our ranks. Confidentiality can be assured. What does this mean? To join IVAW please send an email to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out this membership form. For Press inquiries contact:Katya Kruglak at (703)304-5075 or Katya@mintwood.com
National Anti-War Rally and IVAW Meeting March 19th and 20th, 2005 Fayetteville, North Carolina!
Join us in the home of Fort Bragg for a weekend of networking, training, and raising our voices to demand real support for our troops by bringing them home now. Saturday, March 19th - Rally and Speakout on 2nd Anniversary of Iraq Invasion.
For more info, check out NC Peace & Justice Coalition. Sunday, March 20th - IVAW National Meeting This will be an opportunity for all recent veterans, active duty service men and women, national guard members, and reservists who oppose this war to meet and learn the skills we'll need to end this war and Bring Them Home Now. Workshop topics include: the VA, Public Speaking, Organizing Skills, GI Oppostition during the Vietnam War. Financial assistance is available for those in need. For more info, email or call: (215) 241-7123.
Will the recent elections end the violence in Iraq?
Despite the Bush Administration’s spin on the success of the elections in Iraq, we know that democracy cannot be achieved under U.S. occupation. Our troops are still in harm’s way, Iraqi children and other civilians continue to die, and billions that could be spent at home are being wasted in Iraq. History also shows us that an election -- even with a high voter turnout -- does not spell success. Just look at the following excerpt from a 1967 New York Times article about elections in Vietnam:
U.S. Encouraged by Vietnam Vote : Officials Cite 83% Turnout Despite Vietcong TerrorBy Peter Grose, Special to the New York TimesSeptember 4th, 1967.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3-- United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in South Vietnam's presidential election despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting. According to reports from Saigon, 83 per cent of the 5.85 million registered voters cast their ballots yesterday. Many of them risked reprisals threatened by the Vietcong. ... ... A successful election has long been seen as the keystone in President Johnson's policy of encouraging the growth of constitutional processes in South Vietnam. Read more at
After this 1967 election, U.S. troops remained for another 8 years with 50,000 of our men and women + 3 million Vietnamese dead. Let's not have history repeat itself. We know that the only way to move toward peace and democracy in Iraq is immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces. Bring the troops home now!