Bombs Are Not the Answer in Iraq and Syria! A Vigil for Peace

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Bombs Are Not the Answer in Iraq and Syria!

A  Vigil for Peace

Friday, Sept.26, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Old Courthouse Square, Mendocino Ave. & 3rd St., Santa Rosa

They say that doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of stupidity. Well, the last four presidents have bombed Iraq and each enemy they have created is more violent than the last. Every rebel group we arm turns those arms against us. Maybe the U.S. is doing it all wrong.

Here's a letter we and Vets for Peace have sent to the newspapers. Join us if you agree!

"Veterans For Peace and the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County absolutely oppose U.S. military intervention in the Middle East, no matter what the rationalization. We call on all our members to speak out against any U.S. attacks on Iraq and Syria.

Our Peace & Justice Center and Veterans For Peace communities have witnessed the brutality and the futility of war, including the war in Iraq. Some of us are veterans of a war based on lies and we became part of the killing of a nation, along with as many as one million of its people. We watched as U.S. policy makers consciously stirred up ethnic and religious divisions, creating the conditions for civil war today.

The fruits of more than a century of U.S./European meddling and exploitation in the Middle East cannot be eradicated with more bombing. It is time for a change.

We wish to see a U.S. foreign policy based on true humanitarianism and real diplomacy based on mutual respect, guided by international law, and dedicated to human rights and equality for all."