No Weapons to Syria! End U.S. Intervention in Syria!
Tuesday, May 7th
This week both President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that they were considering arming the rebels due to allegations that the Assad government had used chemical weapons. The Obama administration is only having a public debate about overtly arming the Syrian rebels. In reality, despite the Obama administration’s rhetoric regarding Syria, the U.S. has been intervening in Syria’s conflict for awhile, by having the CIA coordinate arms into Syria and U.S. military forces train Syrian rebels in Jordan. There are widespread reports in the Western press saying that, on May 3, Israel launched another bombing raid on Syria which could be used to try to further involve the U.S. in Syria’s civil conflict.
The mass media’s discussion concerning U.S. action in Syria is war propaganda. It’s promoting an imperialist view that the U.S. has the ‘responsibility to protect’ and an assumption that U.S. military aid or action will improve the situation. In actuality, there is no reason to not assume that the U.S. wouldn’t end up occupying Syria indefinitely in order to prop up a puppet Obama would install as a Washington-friendly leader. While the reports of bloodshed are hard to hear about, in reality the decision about what government to have in Syria belongs to Syria, and U.S. involvement would only expand the conflict.
A recent poll from the Pew Research Center says that 62% of Americans oppose any intervention in Syria. Now more than ever it is important for people to call President Obama at 202-456-1111 or email him to say NO to expanded intervention in the Syrian conflict. Public opinion is on our side. We need to show it.
Join with others across the country on Tuesday, May 7th to say:
· No weapons to Syrian rebels
· No to supporting Israel’s attacks on Syria
· No to U.S. intervention in Syria’s civil conflict
Call in day initiated by the Minnesota and Chicago Anti-War Committees.