On August 7th, Barack Obama gave an address justifying a series of air strikes in Iraq by stating “When many thousands of innocent civilians are faced with the danger of being wiped out, and we have the capacity to do something about it, we will take action.” This statement has been used by the U.S. government many times before to justify U.S. military intervention. The US used a self-serving story about America’s noble commitment to human rights, the liberation of the oppressed, and the goals of freedom and democracy to defend and carry out a new military assault in Iraq. For the U.S. government, the new threat from the rebel military force, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is not about protecting innocent civilians in Iraq, Syria or even America. Instead, the government is concerned with threats to its military control, wealth, and political power in the Middle East. The threat of ISIS is a new installment on the U.S.’s “war on terror,” which uses islamophobia to justify U.S. intervention abroad while creating a war at home that targets innocent Arab Americans and Muslims.
Join the Queens branch of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) on Wednesday, October 15th to discuss the history of ISIS in the context of the U.S.’s war in Iraq, to place these air strikes into a larger imperialist agenda, and discuss the possibilities for anti-war activists and revolutionaries to challenge Islamophobia at home and imperialism abroad.
Oct 15, 2014 @ 7:00pm
Queens Pride House
76-11 37th Ave, 2nd Fl
Jackson Heights, Queens