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On this sixth anniversary of the Iraq War, we continue to demand immediate and complete U.S. withdrawal. Since the invasion of Iraq, over 1.4 million Iraqis have died and 4 million displaced in one of the most atrocious humanitarian crises of our time. Over 4000 U.S. troops have been killed, with another 70,000+ soldiers wounded and discharged from combat operations. We reject Obama’s plans for leaving 50,000 troops in Iraq, even after August 2010. Nothing less than full sovereignty and complete, unconditional withdrawal will do.
The occupation of Afghanistan is spiraling out of control. President Obama recently called for 17,000 more troops to strengthen the occupation. The war of terror continues to terrorize and bombard the Afghan people. This unjust war is not about “spreading democracy” or fighting al-Qaeda. It is about geo-political control in the Middle East and South Asia. Likewise, it is being used to construct an oil pipeline to bypass routes through Iran. Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to saber-rattle at Iran and violate Pakistani sovereignty through illegal and violent bombing campaigns. We demand that Afghanis have a right to decide their own destiny without U.S. occupation, that U.S. intervention in Pakistan cease, and that the U.S. stop interfering in the internal affairs of Iran.
While the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and U.S. support for the occupation of Palestine are draining hundreds of billions of dollars, high schools are laying off teachers and colleges are cutting entire departments and raising tuition. If we don’t fight back, it is the programs won through struggle for women, LGBTQ students, working class youth, and oppressed nationalities that will get cut first. In addition to the nationwide 8.1% unemployment rate (5.4 million people), 21% of those are youth (from 16-19). We understand that the rich get bailed out first while working, poor, and young people get left in the dust. We need to explain to people that we have the money to fix the situation, but until this government stops spending billions to oppress and exploit others abroad, we will never be free or know justice at home.
We believe that building a massive movement to oppose U.S. wars abroad and the economic crisis at home is one step further toward building a democratic society. SDS participated in the occupation of New School University in New York, winning important measures against budget cutbacks and war profiteering. And SDS occupied a building at University of Rochester to protest the Israeli invasion of Gaza and won concessions from the administration. Dozens of chapters are working to mobilize thousands of youth and students to get in the streets for this sixth anniversary.
Why do we continue to fund two wars abroad and Israel when so much is needed here at home? We must continue to put the pressure on the university elite and the government here at home. We must build a movement to challenge U.S. war profiteering while our education is being sacrificed. Join us in building a better society. Join SDS!
Out of Iraq and Afghanistan!
End U.S. Aid to Israel!
Fund Education, Not War and Occupation!