The US-led War Against Iraq

Sisters in Islam (SIS) condemns in the strongest terms the unilateral action taken by the government of the United States of America and its allies against the regime of Saddam Hussein. SIS views this act of deliberate and calculated military aggression as an act of brutality and violence which has no basis in international law. It will have a deleterious impact on the lives of ordinary Iraqi civilians, who have already suffered decades of abuse under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, once an ally of the United States in its proxy war against Iran.

SIS also condemns this unjust war for its impact on the lives of Iraqi women, who as always will be the primary victims of any conflict. The women of Iraq have borne the burden of maintaining their homes, protecting their families, educating and feeding their children under impossible circumstances due to the embargo on Iraq imposed by the Western superpowers. Now that conflict has broken out, it is the women – as mothers and wives – who stand to suffer as they lose their husbands, fathers and sons in battle.

SIS also takes this opportunity to express solidarity and appreciation to the many women’s groups, anti-war activists and peace movements based in the USA and Europe who have come out against this war and who have condemned the militarist culture of their own patriarchal societies. SIS supports their efforts to bring about peace and an end to Western hegemonic rule and the traffic of arms and weapons of mass destruction perpetrated by their governments.

Lastly, SIS expresses its solidarity and support for the ordinary people of Iraq, who have been the primary victims of Saddam’s despotic regime as well as the first and second Iraq wars against Iran and Kuwait. We pray for the wellbeing and safety of the ordinary people of Iraq.

We call on the international community, the United Nations, and the member states of the Security Council to condemn this unilateral military action on the part of the USA, and we call on the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom to withdraw their troops from the region. War is not the solution; ordinary civilians are always the primary victims.

Sisters in Islam
25 March 2003
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