March Forward! calls on veterans and GIs to support the Dec. 16 anti-war action in Washington, D.C.

Join the U.S. veteran-led civil resistance to the wars

November 23, 2010

The following is a statement from Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in March Forward!

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq officially have no end.

Costing over $700 million every single day, during a deep economic crisis wrought with layoffs, foreclosures, evictions, budget cuts and tuition hikes.

Masked in lies and distortions about “spreading democracy” and “keeping us safe,” these wars were started with the sole purpose of expanding U.S. corporate and military dominance in a resource-rich region of vital importance to Wall Street.

The politicians and generals arrogantly thought Afghanistan and Iraq could be conquered easily. But the people of those countries refused to fall to their knees. At the same time, people in the United States stood up, taking part in the largest anti-war demonstrations in history. But the demands of the people have not yet tipped the scales against the interests of big business.

We’ve seen the “New Dawn” in Iraq: a permanent military occupation atop a decimated country with no functioning government and the bubbling of a new wave of resistance ready to burst to the surface at any moment. As Obama said, “The hard truth is, we have not seen the end of American sacrifice in Iraq.”

And we now know that any hopes of the war in Afghanistan ending are out the window. The false “withdrawal” date of July 2011 that was dangled in front of our faces has now been pulled away as the new date for even the most minor troop reduction is 2014 … maybe. Obama said at the NATO summit in Lisbon that “It is hard to anticipate exactly what is going to be necessary to keep the American people safe as of 2014. I’ll make that determination when I get there."

The top NATO official in Afghanistan has said that date is “not guaranteed” and could likely go beyond 2015. They admit that through 2015 we should expect “levels of violence that are … pretty eye-watering.”

Not “eye-watering” for the generals, the politicians, and the oil giants—they will be safe in their board rooms and mansions. But eye-watering for our families, as they watch us come home in coffins and wheelchairs, and eye-watering for us, as we struggle untreated with PTSD and watch our friends torn apart.

It is clearer than ever that the true withdrawal date for these wars is not some constantly-changing, ambiguous timeline handed down from the Pentagon. There is no withdrawal date for Iraq; there is no withdrawal date for Afghanistan—because the U.S. military plans to stay forever.

The only way the Pentagon will withdraw is if we stand up, fight back and force them to end these wars.

That will not magically happen through the ballot box, or by talking nicely to the politicians. We’ve already watched the “anti-war candidate” with a Democratic majority in the House and Senate, take the helm of the war machine, and steer it down the exact same path, leaving endless bloodshed in its wake.

It will happen the only way progressive change ever happens—by organizing at the grassroots, throwing our bodies into the gears of the machine, and building a mass movement capable of taking the power out of the hands of the Wall Street fat cats.

On Dec. 16, we will be joining other veterans of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam, in Washington, D.C. to continue to build that movement. We will participate in and support a mass civil resistance action against these criminal wars of aggression so that no more young people will be sent to die for access to resources and territory for the super-rich.

This action will show the millionaire politicians that we will continue to fight; we will continue to mobilize the growing number of people fed-up with the wars into the movement; and we will show our brothers and sisters still serving in the U.S. military that they shouldn’t be fighting for corporate profits in Afghanistan, but fighting for real justice here at home. Join us.

Click here to sign the call and endorse the action.

Initial signers:

Anonymous CPL
U.S. Army
Afghanistan vet
2006-'07, '09
Ryan Endicott
U.S. Marine Corps
Iraq vet
2005

Crystal Colon-Ferren
U.S. Army
Iraq vet
2005-'06, '08-'09
Mike Prysner
U.S. Army
Iraq vet
2003-'04

Anthony Maroun
U.S. Marine Corps
Iraq vet
2004-'05
Anonymous SSG
U.S. Army
Iraq vet
2005-'06, 2007-'08
Ryan Henowitz
U.S. Army
Iraq vet
2003, '05
Clifton Hicks
U.S. Army
Iraq vet
2003-'04
 
Ross Caputi
U.S. Marine Corps
Iraq vet
2004-'05 
Anonymous SPC
U.S. Army
Iraq vet
2007
Eddie Pages
U.S. Marine Corps
Philippines vet
2006-'07 
Anonymous SSG
U.S. Air Force
 


Click here to add your name to the list of signers.

Find out more about the Dec. 16 action at www.StopTheseWars.org


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