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WV Peace Group Takes Aim at Economic Costs of Iraq War

February 22, 2008

Charleston, WV – The war in Iraq is hurting the economy here at home, and money for the war could be better spent here, according to a West Virginia peace group, West Virginia Patriots for Peace. Its members are taking these messages to an economic development meeting today.

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is speaking to local development groups in Charleston, so Patriots for Peace is planning to hold a rally near the event.

Spokesman Paul Sheridan says the group's goal is to send the message that, in addition to the human costs, the war is draining resources that could be better spent here at home.

"We believe that the vast resources our nation has squandered on this continued U.S. occupation of Iraq would go a long way to assist with local economic development."

He says the group is targeting the event because of the congresswoman's continued support for the war. Rep. Capito has argued that more Iraq war funding is needed to complete the mission successfully and prepare Iraq's government to run its country.

Sheridan warns that the current plan effectively commits the U.S. to an indefinite occupation, adding that the economic costs of the war have been out of the public eye, in part because we're not paying them up front.

"What we're doing is, we're cutting services, and we're also going further and further into debt. That's the thing that's so dangerous for our economy."

Rob Ferrett/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - WV