Montreal, QC – July 4, 2014 – This July 4th, while the US is celebrating their national holiday, members of the Montreal community will be coming out to the US consulate (corner of René Lévesque & Saint Alexandre) at 12 noon to denounce the ongoing imperialist intervention in Iraq, in which the US is threatening to take military action due to the current conflict.
The roots of the current sectarian conflict in Iraq, which is often portrayed in much of the mainstream media in the orientalist/islamophobic framework of the War on Terror, can be traced back to the British imperialist intervention in Iraq in the 1920s that installed handpicked leaders who would play by empire’s rules. Since then, the only thing that has changed was the imperial power, but not its actions. For example, in 1990 the US declared war on Iraq and simultaneously installed a disastrous series of economic sanctions causing massive amounts of death, sickness and hardship due to malnutrition and lack of medical supplies. These sanctions lasted until the US once again invaded and occupied Iraq in 2003, which resulted in massive loss of life and destruction infrastructure – like the 2004 siege of Fallujah in which so much depleted uranium was fired on the city that people are still reeling from the adverse health affects. The subsequent military occupation also devastated Iraq’s social fabric, in which political leaders deemed acceptable by the US were placed into leadership positions, to the detriment of other groups that were disenfranchised.
Although the sectarian conflict brought to the next level by ISIL and allied group’s armed takeover of several cities in northern Iraq is in itself alarming, nothing good can come out of further imperialist intervention in Iraq by powers mostly responsible for the divisions that are currently afflicting Iraqi society. Therefore, the Ad hoc Iraq Solidarity Committee – with the support of groups such as Demilitarize McGill, Haiti Action Montreal, QPIRG McGill and Tadamon! – has called on Montrealers to come out and express their repudiation of immanent US military aggression in Iraq and stand firmly in solidarity with the Iraqi people.