Stubborn Texan Returns to Iraq on 'Peace Mission'

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Texas peacemakers states Obama Administration is "wrong" on Iraq as he heads into the war zone on his 4th trip.

As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq near their eighth year, Texans for Peace continues to challenge the Obama Administration's policies and strategy. "The President's proposal to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan for several more years does little to advance the cause of peace and only serves to placate those in Washington who got us into these wars in the first place," says Charlie Jackson, founder of Texans for Peace. Jackson is about to embark on his fourth trip to Iraq as a member of a Christian Peacemaker Teams' delegation, a mission that will begin April 18th.

Jackson is well acquainted with the impact of war in Iraq, having traveled to that country on peace missions since 2002. In contrast to previous travels throughout central and southern Iraq, this time the group will be in the Kurdish region near the Turkish and Iranian borders. "There's a growing concern for villagers forced from their land by bombings and cross-border military incursions," he says. In fact, he notes, the region is, day-to-day, more dangerous than other parts of Iraq where he has visited--despite the American perception that the "war is all but over." One of the tasks he has set for himself is to gather more information about the conflicts there, while continuing to support peace and reconciliation efforts, and the ongoing mission of CPT to "get in the way" of war. Despite having been severely injured in an accident on his first trip, and seeing friends--both Western and Iraqi--killed in recent years, he remains stubbornly committed to supporting nonviolent activities in war zones. "We will not stand idly by while our government wages war in our name," says Jackson firmly. "We will not be accomplices to war."

About Texans For Peace: Texans for Peace is a 501 (c) (3) non-partisan organization headquartered in Austin, Texas. It provides information and resources on peace and social justice throughout the state. For more information on Iraq and Afghanistan, please see our website at http://www.texansforpeace.org/endthewar

About Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT): CPT is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that places violence-reduction teams in crisis situations and militarized areas around the world at the invitation of local peace and human rights workers. For additional information, see their website at http://www.cpt.org

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