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Call for Peace Upon 2,000th US Death in Iraq
By Global Exchange
As of today, 1,982 US soldiers have been killed in Iraq, and more than 15,000 have been wounded. US soldiers are at grave risk in Iraq, and continue to suffer even after they come home. Troops returning to the US are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and are even turning up in homeless shelters in cities through the country. The risk for Iraqis is even more severe: Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed in the war, and hundreds of thousands of lives have been devastated, even according to the most conservative estimates.
Sadly, the fact that Iraqis just voted for a new constitution is unlikely to end the violence in Iraq -- just as the violence continued unabated after the capture of Saddam Hussein in December 2003 and after the January 2005 election of the Iraqi national assembly.
Participate in or Organize an Anti-War Action the Day After the US Announces the 2,000th US Soldier Death in Iraq
The tragic day is coming soon when the 2,000th U.S. soldier will have died in Iraq. We need to use this milestone to remind people of the human cost of the war and call for the troops to come home. Global Exchange supports the calls of United for Peace and Justice, American Friends Service Committee, Gold Star Families for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, and CODEPINK for actions on the day after the 2,000th U.S. serviceperson's death is announced. We urge to you join the hundreds of peace and justice groups throughout the country as we tell the President, Congress and the world that 2,000 U.S. deaths in Iraq is 2,000 too many.
You can find a list of peace actions planned for the 2000th US Death in Iraq at http://www.afsc.org/2000/all_locations.php. If there’s no event listed for your community, we encourage you to organize one. At the events, we will:
*Remember the 2,000 US servicemen and women who have died in Iraq.
*Remember the tens of thousands of Iraqis -- civilians and combatants, men and women, children the elderly -- who have been killed.
*Remember that these deaths did not have to happen, should not have happened.
*Call for our troops to be brought home now. Don't ask these men and women to continue to die for politicians' mistakes and lies. And we want them treated right when they return. Give them the benefits they were promised and give them the help they will need to heal their bodies, their minds and their spirits.
*Demand an end to the occupation so the Iraqi people can determine their own destiny free from foreign interference and control.
Not one more US service member or Iraqi should have to give their lives before our government finally admits that the war against Iraq was wrong and it’s time to bring our troops home now.
Thanks for all your good work on behalf of peace and justice,