For Immediate Release

Kevin Martin, Peace Action, 301-537-8244 cell,

Peace Action:  Stop Bombing, Start Talking

Washington, D.C. — February 26, 2021 — Peace Action released the following statement on the news of the U.S. airstrike on an Iranian-backed militia group in Syria, in retaliation for recent attacks on U.S. troops and contractors in Iraq:

“While there are hopes this U.S. airstrike was limited, targeted, and unlikely to cause escalation into a wider war, no one can be sure of that, and it contradicts President Biden’s stated goal of returning to diplomacy as the primary tool of U.S. foreign policy,” said Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund. “The cycle of violence needs to end, especially for the long-suffering people of Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, and we need to get U.S. troops out of the region as soon as possible. The U.S. and Iran have common interests in bringing peace and security to Southwest Asia, and we should be working together on those, and on reviving the Iran anti-nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA, which the Obama-Biden Administration signed and Trump withdrew from. Biden and his aides know these issues very well and need to make diplomacy, not airstrikes, the priority.”


Founded in 1957, Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze), the United States’ largest peace and disarmament organization, with over 100,000 paid members and nearly 100 chapters in 36 states, works to abolish nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights and support nonmilitary solutions to international conflicts. The public may learn more and take action at

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