Dominican Sisters of HoustonAugust 03, 2016
We, the Dominican Sisters of Houston, stand with the Iraq Coordinating Committee and Dominicans throughout the world in calling upon the United States government to establish a plan and timetable for withdrawal from Iraq.
Our hearts go out to all who have been victimized by this war; therefore, this withdrawal must ensure the safety of our armed forces and all Iraqis. The withdrawal should include the closure of any military bases that have been established by the United States.
The United States must make the rebuilding of Iraqi infrastructure and environmental restoration priorities and must commit to the rebuilding of Iraq utilizing Iraqi labor. We call upon the United States to collaborate with the United Nations and the international community to work with the Iraqi government on issues of national security and humanitarian aid. We urge the U.N. and Iraqi government to protect the rights of women and religious minorities.
As women of faith, we recognize this conflict needs our prayers. We pray for the people of Iraq, the U.S. occupying forces, and the Iraqi and international troops. We also pray for the humanitarian workers and the political leaders of the U.S. and Iraq as they work toward peace.