IVAWIraq Veterans Against the War
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Aaron Hughes, a Chicago-based Iraq veteran and organiser with IVAW, claims the designation of non-combat status is "a false dichotomy." He says that "everyone in the military is a combat soldier.
"The Bay Area will have large marches on March 20 to send the message out that these wars are still waging violently," says Eddie Falcon, a San Francisco-based veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and member of IVAW.
For more information, contact CodePink (www.codepinkalert.org) or Iraq Veterans Against the War (ivaw.net) or www.couragetoresist.org.
A statement released by the IVAW on 20 March 2005, marking the second anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, deserves quotation:
(7) See IVAW Statement on the Second Anniversary of the Iraq War, 20 March 2005 <http:// www.ivaw.net/index.php?id=39>
"After being in Iraq and seeing what this war is, I realized that the only way to support our troops is to demand the withdrawal of all occupying forces in Iraq." He cofounded a group called Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) and soon found himself emerging as one of the most visible members of a small but growing movement of soldiers who openly oppose the war in Iraq.
Members of IVAW led the protest march that greeted the Republican convention in New York, and their ranks swelled that week.
"They are just going to start moving the soldiers who already served in Iraq to Afghanistan, just like they shifted me from one war to the next," said Eddie Falcon, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Within the US military, GI resisters and anti-war veterans have organised through broad networks of veteran and civilian alliances, as well as through IVAW, comprised of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
Go to the Iraq Veterans Against the War Web site at ivaw.org for more about the Winter Soldier events.
The IVAW will give us more reasons to act against the Iraq incursion.