Students for a Democratic Society condemns the US government's airstrikes on Iraq and Syria which they committed on Monday morning, June 28th, 2021. For the second time since becoming president, Biden and Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, have authorized airstrikes on Iraq and Syria without warning or justification. In February, the US government killed at least 22 people that we know of; we do not know yet what the casualties were from Monday, but we will not wait to find out.

Groups in Iraq have made it clear that they will not tolerate any further airstrikes or the continued occupation. The Coordinating Committee of the Iraqi Resistance released a statement and expressed, "We will not remain silent over the continued presence of American occupation forces in Iraq, which goes against the constitution, the Parliament's vote, and the will of the Iraqi people."

For at least 20 years now, the US government has been violating the sovereignty of Iraq, and for over 10 years now Syria, to protect its financial and military interests in the region. Not least was the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the subsequent occupation, which killed over 1 million Iraqis and displaced at least 3 million more. This and the invasion of Afghanistan resulted in what people are now calling "endless wars," killing and starving millions of people to protect American capital, secure markets for American corporations, and steal resources such as oil so a few rich families can stay rich.

SDS condemned the February airstrikes and now we condemn the June airstrikes by the US military. We condemned the Obama administration's war on Syria in the early 2010s. In fact, SDS was formed out of the people's marches, mobilizations, and protests condemning the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan in the early 2000's. We will continue to organize against US wars as long as the US government continues to violate the sovereignty of countries struggling to live in peace.