Thursday, March 17
March 19: The World Says End the War!
Global Exchange, March 12th, 2005
Saturday, March 19 marks the two-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and people throughout the world are planning to raise our voices as clearly and powerfully as possible to say that the Iraq war was wrong, and it needs to end NOW.
Two years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the country continues to bleed and suffer. The death toll on all sides is mounting, with some 1,500 U.S. troops and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed so far.
The U.S. military, rather than solving Iraq's problems, is, in fact, the source of many of the problems. And, the cost of the war is soaring, with more than $150 billion being spent on war that could otherwise be used to create jobs, relieve poverty, and improve health and education, both in Iraq and the United States.
Meanwhile, no weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq, nor were there any links discovered between Saddam Hussein and the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The Iraqi military clearly did not even have the ability to defend its own capital, much less the strength to attack the U.S. or its neighbors.
American military planners were scandalously unprepared to deal with governing Iraq, and U.S. relations with the rest of the world remain unsteady. This was an unjust and unnecessary war, one that needlessly took the lives of tens of thousands of innocent people.