For Immediate Release
Peace Action Responds to Obama’s ISIS Plan
WASHINGTON - In response to President Obama’s speech on dealing with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Peace Action, the largest peace group in the U.S. made the following statements:
“We agree with the president that there is no military solution to the problems posed by ISIS. And yet his proposed strategy relies far too heavily on the use of military force. It's time to stop the bombing and escalation and use the other tools of U.S. foreign policy -- working with allies in cutting off weapons, oil and funding streams for starters -- which will be much more active in dealing with ISIS,” said Kevin Martin, Peace Action’s executive director.
“True international support to deal with ISIS requires UN action and regional diplomacy,” observed Paul Kawika Martin, the political director of Peace Action.
“History shows that US arms tends to fall into the wrong hands like in Afghanistan and now ISIS. More weapons in the mideast is not the solution and is more like pouring fuel on a fire,” concluded Paul Kawika Martin.
Founded in 1957, Peace Action, the United States' largest peace and disarmament organization with over 100,000 members and nearly 100 chapters in 34 states, works to achieve the abolition of nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs and encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights.