March 19, 2007
Representative John Lewis (D-GA)
(On March 19, 2007, Congressman John Lewis rose on the floor of the House of Representatives to firmly state his continued opposition to the war in Iraq. His work for social justice goes back at least as far back as his work with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in the 1960’s).
I rise with deep concern that on this very day 4 years ago, our Nation inaugurated a conflict, an unnecessary war, a war of choice, not a necessity.
The most comprehensive intelligence we have, the National Intelligence Estimate and the latest Pentagon report, tells us that Iraq had descended into a state of civil war. Over 3,000 Americans have died, and hundreds of thousands, some even say up to 1 million citizens of Iraq, have lost their lives in this unnecessary conflict.
And while we are telling our veterans of this war, the elderly, the poor, and the sick that there is no room in the budget for them, the American people have spent over $400 billion on a failed policy. We cannot do more of the same. Mr. Speaker, violence begets violence. It does not lead to peace.