Your members of Congress need to hear that airstrikes on Iraq will only lead to more bloodshed. Urge your members of Congress to call for an end to the airstrikes and an increase in humanitarian aid.
Four Ways the U.S. Can Help Stop the Killing in Iraq
The United States has once again started bombing Iraq, despite decades of U.S. military intervention fomenting the violence that still ravages Iraq today. More bombs will only mean more bloodshed and instability. Here's what the U.S. should do:
- Stop U.S. bombing of Iraq, which will only result in more bloodshed and instability
- Press for and uphold an arms embargo in Iraq and Syria
- Engage with United Nations to reinvigorate efforts for a lasting political solution for Iraq and Syria
- Increase humanitarian aid
Updates and More Information
Violence begets violence. At FCNL, we call for nonviolent, constructive responses that build long-term stability and peace.
The dynamics of this campaign are different than those of the past. But how will these bombings produce a more positive outcome—or even peace, the ultimate objective—than did U.S. bombs in 1990-1991 and 2003-2011?
If America really wants to help Iraq’s security situation, it would work with Saudi Arabia, Iran and others to issue an embargo on all weapons trafficking and arms exports into Iraq and Syria. That directly implicates the U.S. due to its weapons shipments to fractious Syrian rebels and unconditional military aid to Iraq.
FCNL's Matt Southworth notes that foreign military intervention, especially if led by the United States, will only harden the resolve of the radicals and unite the less religiously motivated.
FCNL's Michael Shank and Win Without War's Stephen Miles spoke with Thom Hartmann about the emerging crisis in Iraq on June 12. Michael noted that the U.S. is largely responsible for political conditions that made the rise of ISIS possible.