WASHINGTON, January 4 (IslamOnline.net) – With pictures of their smiling marine sons in their wallets and memories about the good old days always vivid, bereaved US families wrapped up last week a visit to Iraq in protest at the American occupation and in solidarity with thousands of Iraqis displaced by the US monster firepower.
Californian Rosa Suarez del Solar and her Husband Fernando, whose marine son died in Iraq in March last year, led the grief-stricken families, anti-war activists and families of 9/11 victims in their soul-searching tour, which kicked off on December 26. …
In addition to Rosa and Fernando, the delegation also includes Jeffrey Ritterman, of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Jodie Evans, co-founder of CodePink: Women for Peace, Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Global Exchange and CodePink, and Hany Khalil, a national organizer for the group United for Peace and Justice.
The organizations sponsoring their tour are CodePink, Project Guerrero Azteca for peace, Global Exchange, the Middle East Children’s Alliance, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Peace Action, United for Peace and Justice, and Voices in the Wilderness.
They secured diplomatic courtesy letters from US Senators Barbara Boxer of California and Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Congressmen Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and Henry Waxman of California.
Fernando said had it not been for the help of the two congressmen, their tour would have not seen the light due to obstacles laid by the Pentagon. … they raised US$600,000 worth of humanitarian aid to the refugees of the war-torn city of Fallujah.
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