CODEPINK Activists Confront Condoleezza Rice on War Crimes at Republican Convention Event

August 29th, 2012

August 29, 2012

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CODEPINK Activists Speak Out During Condoleezza Rice Speech At Republican Convention-Related Event,
Hold Her Accountable for War Crimes

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Tampa, FL— At 1:00 pm, August 29, 2012 two activists from the peace group CODEPINK spoke out during Condoleezza Rice's speech at the ONE/US Global Leadership coalition event. Retired Colonel Ann Wright, who served 29 years in the US Military, stood up and spoke out when Rice touted the “compassionate” policies of the Bush administration. “You cannot be compassionate and kill people in the war of choice, the war on Iraq,” Col. Wright said, “I'm an Army Colonel, I am a former US diplomat, and these wars of choice that both the Republicans and the Democrats have had are terrible for our national security.”

Shortly after Col. Ann Wright made her statement, 29 year old Rae Abileah, co-director of CODEPINK, was moved to speak after Condoleezza Rice made a statement about September 11th as the justification for invading Afghanistan. “The blood of Iraqi children is on your hands! Thousands of young soldiers my age have lost their lives unnecessarily in a war based on Condoleezza Rice and the Bush administration's lies,” said Abileah. “True patriotism does not look like illegal bombing and lying into war that kills innocent civilians.”

When asked why she disrupted Rice's speech, Col. Wright stated, “Condoleezza Rice is a war criminal because of the lies of the Iraq war and the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the death of American military soldiers.” She added, “It's important for us to hold war criminals of the Bush administration accountable, even though the Obama administration will not.”

CODEPINK has campaigned for the past ten years for accountability for public officials who knowingly led the US into illegal and amoral wars.

CODEPINK, founded in 2002, is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into health care, education and other life-affirming activities.