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BOMBING SYRIA IS NOT THE ANSWER
Tell Congress and the White House: No More Deaths in Our Name, Demand that the International Community Take Action
Waging war is never a humanitarian act. The U.S. is again using the language of human rights, international law and peace to justify a bombing/military campaign, this time in Syria. The situation in Syria is complex, and the outcome has both regional and now global implications. We also know that objectivity is not at hand in the United States latest effort to "intervene" after the chemical attack, which is still under investigation. The US has not been fully transparent about its interests in the region.
The conflict in Syria has a deep and complex history. An estimated 100,000 Syrian people have lost their lives, and nearly 2 million have been forced to leave their country. We know that innocent people, often women and children pay for war and aggression and there is no end in sight. A US military strike will not end the violence. More likely, it will trigger a massive regional conflict . And it will destroy the infrastructure the Syrian people will need to stabilize and rebuild their country. We know the examples of Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and know the outcomes of those interventions. Congress is going to vote on this war before it begins so we must make our voices heard. More war is not the answer.
The political debate is being framed as if there are only two options: either the US bombs, or we do nothing. But bombing is not the only option. We believe the US Congress and President should instead join with the international community to take immediate steps to end the crisis:
Call the White House and Say No War, No Bombing. 202-456-1111
* Petition from our allies: Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), Just Foreign Policy (JFP), Peace Action Peace and Justice Resource Center (PJRC), United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW), Women's Actions for New Directions (WAND), Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP)
Read up on the complexities of the situation in Syria:
- US Strike on Syria & the Futility of Military Intervention by Noura Erakat:
"There is little possibility that the US can intervene in Syria and not trigger a broader regional conflict that it does not have the capacity to handle and that Syria's neighbors prefer to avoid."
- Obama's Looming War of Aggression in Syria and the Patholofies of America's Iran Debate by Hillary Mann and Flynt Leverett
- Letter to a Syrian Friend Who Said 'Your Opposition to the US Attack on Syria Means You Support the Asad Regime' by Vijay Prashad:
- "The United States says that it wants to bomb Syria to punish the Asad regime for its use of chemical weapons. But keep in mind that it will likely use Tomahawk missiles, whose warheads might or might not be tipped with depleted uranium (DU). In other words, the United States will punish the Asad regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons by bombing Syria with a weapon that the UN General Assembly has four times asked to be sanctioned (but cannot because of the votes against these resolutions from France, Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States). One hundred and fifty-five countries worry that depleted uranium will contaminate groundwater and produce environmental and health hazards for generations."
- A Nation of Pain and Suffering: Syria (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) by Vijay Prashad
- The Black Left Unity Network on Syria
- Civil War in Syria: Some Valuable Resources compiled by War Times
- Statement Against Military Force in Syria by Iraq Veterans Against the War:
- "The use of military force in Syria would be reckless, dangerous, and morally wrong. It will destabilize the conflict and lead to further civilian casualties. As Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, we have also seen how narrow military actions have devolved into invasions and occupations. So long as non-military avenues exist, we demand their use before war."