Fallujah Offensive Risks Turning Iraq Into Vietnam War.
GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
November 12, 2004
FALLUJAH OFFENSIVE RISKS TURNING IRAQ WAR INTO VIETNAM WAR, SAY GREENS
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Greens warn that the Fallujah offensive, with heavy civilian casualties and destruction of infrastructure, has completed the transformation of the Iraq invasion into the Vietnam War.
"The insistence that Iraq is better off without Saddam Hussein while killing between 10,000 and 100,000 Iraqi civilians has turned President Bush's rationale for the invasion into a grotesque joke," said Tony Gronowicz, a member of the International Committee of the Green Party of the United States and author.
Greens said that heavy civilian casualties in Fallujah will turn more Iraqis against the U.S., especially in other Sunni cities, leading to a longer occupation and destroying hopes for democracy in Iraq.
"Even if Operation Phantom Fury succeeds in suppressing the insurgency in Fallujah, the result may be more sympathy for the Iraqi resistance throughout Iraq, which can hardly be called a victory," said Justine McCabe, Connecticut Green and member of the International Committee.
Greens noted the silence of Sen. John Kerry and other Democrats on the Fallujah operation. The Green Party has strongly opposed the invasion of Iraq, demanded an immediate end to the occupation, and called for support for U.S. troops by removing them from harm's way and returning them home.
Greens also noted that:
"There's no doubt that decapitation of hostages by insurgents is atrocious, but the Iraqi people understandably don't see the mass killing of civilians by U.S. bombs as any less barbaric," said Peter LaVenia, chair of the Albany County, New York, Green Party and president of the Green Alliance.
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