US Wars of Aggression and Islamic Jihad: How Should the Anti-War Movement Respond?

What is the attraction of ISIS & Islamic fundamentalism in the occupied Middle East? What are the aims of the U.S. in stopping it? What is the biggest danger to the people there? How can people living in the United States stop the aggression?

This event took place at the 2015 Left Forum in New York City. Speakers included:

Debra Sweet is Director of World Can’t Wait, initiated in 2005 to drive out the Bush regime & reverse the direction it launched. WCW continues efforts to stop the crimes of our government. Debra worked with abortion providers for 25 years, organizing community support & helping withstand anti-abortion violence. Since the age of 19, when she confronted Nixon in a face-to-face event & told him to stop the war in Vietnam, she has been a leader in the opposition to US wars and invasions.

William Blum is author of books on US foreign policy and the CIA, including "Killing Hope." He produces the monthly online "Anti-Empire Report." William Blum resigned from the State Department in 1967 because of Vietnam. His website is

Alan Goodman is a correspondent for, newspaper of the Revolutionary Communist Party, exposing the crimes of the U.S. and its enforcer Israel in the Middle East and around the world. He participated in and wrote about the Gaza Freedom March in 2008 that attempted to physically break the Israel-Egyptian blockade of Gaza. One of his recent articles in Revolution is “Missing from the 'Debate' over Iran: the Interests of Humanity!”

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of and campaign coordinator for Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at and He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.


World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.