NO U.S. Bombing of Syria! No Matter If Congress Says It's Legal — It's Unjust, Immoral & Illegitimate
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Barack Obama is selling the planned US Cruise missile bombing of Syria as a “humanitarian” act in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack.
Bombing Syria will kill more civilians, polarize the situation further, and invite even more intervention and weapons into the country, making it more likely that the civil war could expand into an extremely dangerous regional conflagration. Moreover, launching an attack on a country that isn’t threatening yours is the supreme international war crime.
The bloody Syrian civil war – where big powers are funding both sides – has already killed 100,000. Atrocities have been committed by both the Assad government and the mixed group of pro-Western and Islamic Fundamentalist opposition. None of the warring parties offer a future for the 23 million Syrians, many who are refugees from U.S. and Israeli wars on Iraq and Palestine.
This planned U.S. airstrike on Syrian is already unpopular, but that doesn’t mean Obama won’t do it. The British Parliament, which George Bush bullied into supporting the US war on Iraq, said “no” to bombing Syria, and the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll shows only 9% of those polled favor U.S. military intervention.
Obama is now amping up his argument, demanding Congressional approval for his planned attack, bowing to some pressure that he include them. But the Obama administration says even if Congress doesn’t endorse his plans, he won’t be bound by their vote. His argument for intervention is directed at other countries governments, at pressuring Congress to come along, and at you, to go along with the war crimes he plans.
People in this country have to get visibly and loudly into the streets in protest; on the airwaves, on the Internet, and everywhere, to denounce this coming attack.
No, not in our name! Humanity and the planet come first. No to U.S. planetary domination.
Why Do Some War Crimes (in Syria) Get More Coverage Than Others (in Yemen)? The New York Times “Interpreter” Explains It... Away
revcom.us | October 10, 2016
Here’s a question for you: Why do some wars—like Syria—get more coverage in the U.S. media than others—like Yemen?
The American press is full of Syria coverage: not a day goes by without another gut-wrenching description of life under siege in what’s left of the city of Aleppo and stern denunciations of the savage crimes carried out by Russian and Syrian government warplanes, such as bombing hospitals and reducing whole neighborhoods to rubble. Pictures of wounded Syrian children go viral, some of their tweets get global media coverage.
Swedish photographer Magnu Wennman has been photographing Syrian refugees in refugee camps across the Middle East and in Europe. He captures the heartbreak and the horror of these youth who are caught in the crosshairs of U.S. Imperialism and Islamic Fundamentalism.
On October 30, Barack Obama ordered 50 U.S. troops into Syria. To listen to the news and politicians in America you would think the only problem with Obama’s move is that it puts 50 Americans “in harm's way.” Here’s a reality check and a morality check: American lives are not more important than other people’s lives. Obama’s move will intensify the living hell for millions of people in Syria and beyond, and ratchet up a whole set of deadly and dangerous conflicts.
The British paper, Daily Mail Online, reported on October 9, 2014:
Harvard students believe that American [sic] is a bigger threat to world peace than ISIS, according to a recent survey of attendees at the prestigious Cambridge university.
On October 2, 2014, The New York Times published an editorial entitled: “The Fundamental Horror of ISIS.” In it the editorial board states,
Comparisons are meaningless at this level of evil, as are attempts to explain the horror by delving into the psychology or rationale of the perpetrators. Even to call what this group does “crimes against humanity” is to put a legalistic spin on raw evil; as Roger Cohen, the New York Times columnist, wrote in a recent piece about ISIS, there is no “why” in the heart of darkness.
For every one militant killed, forty-nine innocents are killed.
Two key elements in the current popularity in the US of Obama's "relentless" airstrikes upon Syrians and Iraqis is that they are not jeopardizing American lives - since it's only Syrians and Iraqis who are being killed - and that these "relentless" airstrikes are allegedly "surgical."
These attacks are not surgical. They are evenmore indiscriminate than drone attacks. And drone attacks, as a 2012 authoritative study by Stanford and New York Universities concluded, are exceptionally indiscriminate.
“There's no force too reactionary, backward, or depraved for the U.S. to ally with when it suits its interests.”
This seems like a good time to sort out what's true in the public discourse over Iraq and Syria, and what's not. The United States, apparently with at this point some significant level of public support, is embarking on an extremely dangerous and provocative war, possibly with the help of allies in NATO, and certainly with an alliance of countries targeted by protesters during the Arab Spring.
It is a testament to the bankruptcy of those who now run the world that they relentlessly ridicule and suppress the values that must guide humanity and the planet. The planet is being systematically destroyed by capitalist values. The need is dire for brave individuals here and there, and small groups of people, to chart a radically different course and to win scores and eventually millions to their path. The planet ‘s fate hangs in the balance.
Something has to be done about ISIS.
If we want to do something about ISIS, then we need to ask ourselves what is causing ISIS in the first place. Otherwise we’re acting out of fear and ignorance, never a recipe for good results. If you attack a disease without knowing what’s causing it, then you could – and in this case will - accelerate rather than curb the disease. As virulent as ISIS is, it will grow under the US air strikes the way that a fire rises ever higher and hotter if you try to drown it by pouring gasoline on it.