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Post-Election Iraq Politics: Peace Mandate?

Both Nahvi and Sheehan have lost sons in the Iraq War. Following a White House press conference where President Bush announced the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld, they were arrested during a protest organized by the group Gold Star Families for Peace.

Nahvi met Sheehan in summer 2005 when Sheehan set up camp outside of the president’s vacation home in Texas. At the time Nahvi’s son Russell was serving in Iraq. He was killed in October of 2005 just weeks after the protest in Crawford.

Nahvi said today: “When I came out to support Cindy, I never could have imagined that I would be standing next to her as a Gold Star mom. I don’t want one more mother to go through this.”

Sheehan said today: “It’s not enough that George Bush is sacrificing Rumsfeld’s career to pacify the demand for accountability. He also sacrificed my son’s life and continues to sacrifice our children and the Iraqi people for a war based on lies, and we’re not willing to pretend that’s okay.”

Sheehan and Nahvi plan on going to Nancy Pelosi’s office this afternoon.
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Dougharty is co-founder of Iraq Veterans Against the War. She spent 10 months in Iraq.

Wright spent 26 years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves. She was a diplomat in the State Department for 15 years before resigning in March 2003 to protest the invasion of Iraq.

Benjamin is a co-founder of CodePink. She said today: “The people have spoken out through the midterm election. By voting out pro-war candidates and changing control over Congress, we have repudiated war policies and issued a mandate for new policies that promote peace and international cooperation.”

Jarrar is an Iraqi blogger and the director of the Iraq Project for Global Exchange.

Martin is the executive director of Peace Action and a member of the steering committee of United for Peace and Justice.

LeBlanc is the national co-chair of UFPJ. She met with Iraqi parliamentarians this summer.

Khalil is a media coordinator with UFPJ.
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167