Join us at SOA: International Solidarity Can Make the Difference!

Rhetoric and Reality

The Iraq War Seven Years On

By Josh Stieber
Rhetoric and Reality

The simple days are gone where I could recall with fondness the words of a once-beloved leader and feel the inspiring chills toward a noble cause. “America is a friend to the people of Iraq,” the commander-in-chief had said, stirring a desire for justice and compassion. “Our demands are directed only at the regime that enslaves them and threatens us. When these demands are met, the first and greatest benefit will come to Iraqi men, women and children.”

Freedom and Democracy would be delivered to the people of Iraq by the world’s most sophisticated fighting force as part of a larger “global war on terror.” It was a tune that was easy to sing along to, with 79% of U.S. citizens polled in May of 2003 saying that the war in Iraq was justified. Actually it was two tunes: one song was fierce and militaristic; we would “shock and awe” the forces of evil. The other was reverent and chivalrous; we would defend the defenseless and introduce a reign of freedom to some of the most oppressed peoples in the world.


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Join us at SOA: International Solidarity Can Make the Difference!

By Susana Pimiento

Join us at SOA: International Solidarity Can Make the Difference!
Starting Thursday, November 18th, the Fellowship of Reconciliation will again be at Fort Benning, Georgia, at the annual vigil in front of the School of the Americas. We invite participants to explore ways that international solidarity can make the difference countering the expansion of U.S.militarism in Latin America and spread the word about theFOR’s Peace Presence in Colombia, which offers a unique opportunity to share the lives of courageous peasant farmers striving for a life in peace and dignity.

Applications to join our accompaniment team in Colombia are currently open. This will be the focus of our workshop on Friday, November 19th, 8:00-10:00 PM, in Convention Center Room 210.
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