Peace Forum on Iraq and Syria

 The U.S. in the Middle East: Truth, Fiction, and Endless War: A Community Forum

On April 16th, RPEC will sponsor a community forum on the U.S. role in the Middle iraq_flag_peace_symbol_2-1331pxEast since 9/11, focusing on Iraq.  Leading the forum will be Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi-American who is a senior analyst with the American Friends Service Committee.  Jarrar and his family lived in Iraq at the time of the 2003 US invasion, which the George W. Bush administration said was intended to find weapons of mass destruction and bring freedom and democracy to Iraq. As a result of that war, Jarrar witnessed the destruction of his home and his country.

The forum will also feature Larry Syverson.  A resident of Chesterfield County, Syverson is the father of three sons who served multiple deployments in Iraq and Afganistan.  He has been a steadfast critic of the two wars since their inception.

At the forum, Raed Jarrar will address the “theory of change” the U.S. seems to have in Iraq and the wider Middle East; that is, the idea that a military solution is viable and achievable means to resolve the problems of extremism and religious-political violence.  He will also discuss the roots of extremism and challenge the U.S. view of what constitutes helpful intervention. He will address the distorted information that we in the U.S. receive about our activities overseas.  Lastly, he will offer examples of helpful actions the U.S. can take that would do no further harm to this complex region.

There will be time for Q&A and discussion following the presentation. 

The Forum will be held April 16, from 7:30-9:00 at the VCU Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Av, room 1107.  Parking is available at the parking deck at the corner of Main and Laurel, 2 blocks from the Commons.

Sponsored by the Richmond Peace Education Center. For more information contact rpec@rpec.org or 804 232-1002.