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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
The Iraq War is Not Over: Resistance Continues
Against US-Backed Puppet Government
By Iraq Veterans Against
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, December 31, 2011
Recently the media has been filled with announcements that the war in
Iraq has finally ended. But in a war fought not only by enlisted foot
soldiers, but also largely by corporations, mercenaries, and drones, what
constitutes an end?
As service members and veterans, we have been
working endlessly to apply pressure on the military and government to end
the occupation of Iraq since our organization was founded in 2004. The
resistance of the Iraqi people combined with the voices of American veterans
and the American public have finally forced the US government to follow
through with the agreement outlined in US - Iraq Status of Forces Agreement
(SOFA) which requires a withdrawal of all troops by the end of this year.
This was not achieved because we elected the right politician. It happened
because we made our voices impossible to ignore. But our work is far from
Although it is an important and significant milestone, the
withdrawal of troops from Iraq does not necessarily signify an end to
occupation. The US footprint is still heavy in the form of corporate
contractors who employ indentured servants (under the euphemism “third
country nationals”) and mercenaries without oversight, accountability, or
The Iraqi resistance movement is preparing for what it
calls, “the second face of the occupation.” According to a
statement released by
Uday Al-Zaidi, this includes structures imposed by the US such as the
sectarian government and its divisive constitution. Hundreds of thousands
of Iraqis have been killed, families have been destroyed, displaced, and
forced into refugee status all over the world. We support
self-determination for the people of Iraq, and continue to work toward our
goal of making reparation with the people who have been so deeply affected
by this war and its aftermath.
Last Tuesday, President Obama
addressed soldiers at Fort Bragg, thanking their families for carrying the
burden of war, and telling soldiers that their fallen comrades legacies will
live on in the form of parades and memorials.
Meanwhile, over 4,000
American service members have been killed, and many more are living with
physical disabilities and
invisible wounds, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Military
Sexual Trauma, and Major Depressive Disorder. Troops are living with
traumatic brain injuries, many of which go undetected for months or even
years. Instead of being treated when they return, many service members
receive orders to deploy to Afghanistan, even though a part of them remains
at war in Iraq. For returning veterans the war at home is just
beginning, if this nation wants to honor its veterans, we need them to
honor our right to heal.
Iraq Veterans Against the War is nonprofit 501(c)3 advocacy group of
veterans and active-duty US military personnel who have served in the U.S.
Military since September 11, 2001.
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Jose Vasquez, Executive Director
Chair of the Board of Directors