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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.

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Bombing ISIS to Destroy It is Like Drowning a Fire With Gasoline Part I

Dennis Loo | September 30, 2014

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.

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“But Don't We Have to do SOMETHING About ISIS?”

Debra Sweet | September 25, 2014

The most frequently asked question I'm hearing, including among people who have been active in opposing U.S. wars, is “but, don't we have to do something about ISIS?”

Yes, “we” do.  We — people living in this country — do have to send a loud message to the rest of the world that we are completely against the killing, theft of resources, subjugation of women and denial of peoples’ rights in the region by the forces responsible.

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Syrian Airstrikes and the Khorasan Group

Dennis Loo | September 24, 2014

Let us assume, for the sake of argument, that the US government's claims are true that its airstrikes on Syria killed eight leaders of the Khorasan Group, an al-Qaeda offshoot, thus foiling an "imminent attack” on the US homeland.

Consider the facts and logic of this claim.

Even if a) Khorasan was in fact planning an “imminent” attack and b) their key leaders were killed, exactly how did this decapitation stop that “imminent” attack (and especially, future ones)?

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ISIS and Empire Follies, Part 2

Dennis Loo | September 16, 2014

As I pointed out in the first part of this series, the US inadvertently created ISIS, a nightmare that Obama is now feverishly trying - but will be unable - to wake up from.

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ISIS and Empire Follies

Dennis Loo | September 12, 2014

US policies, and more specifically, its "War on Terror," created ISIS. Obama now proposes to destroy that which US policy created by using the same fundamental logic that created ISIS and which guides the "war on terror." This can only produce a more virulent and widespread response, even more dramatic blowback than 9/11 was.

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Dissecting Obama’s Speech at the UN: The Truth Behind “Core Interests” and “American Exceptionalism”

Larry Everest | October 6, 2013

On September 24, President Barack Obama gave a major address at the United Nations General Assembly at its annual meeting. This speech came at a time of fluid change in the world and especially in the Middle East. Masses have risen up in their millions, seeking a way out. Different forces with different programs—including extremely reactionary ones—have been contending.

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Agreements and Diplomacy Don’t End U.S. Threats Against Syria

Larry Everest | September 30, 2013

“...both direct military attacks and U.S. imperialist diplomacy serve to enforce U.S. global domination.”

Many people hope—and some have vociferously claimed—that the U.S.-Russian agreement to strip Syria of its chemical weapons and to take the matter to the United Nations Security Council marked a victory for peace and the antiwar movement.

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Syria: Jubilation is Unwarranted, Part II

Dennis Loo | September 17, 2013

The first part of this two-part series looked primarily at how some elements of the U.S. anti-war movement are assessing the current situation. In it I argue that the maneuvering going on behind closed doors needs to be better appreciated and that it is a mistake for the anti-war movement to now be claiming a victory at "preventing a war." This second part looks at why Obama might be calling for regime change in Syria. Understanding that is critical to the anti-war movement finding its way in the midst of a situation fraught with difficulties and high-stakes.

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Syria: Jubilation is Unwarranted

Dennis Loo | September 17, 2013

It is dangerous to claim victories that you have not won yet.To paraphrase Mark Twain: the reports by some in the anti-war movement of a victory are exaggerated.[i]

Let’s be clear: there is still a bloody civil war raging in Syria which has taken close to 120,000 lives. We have not, in other words, “prevented a war.”

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Syria: Diplomacy... and Ongoing Danger of a U.S. Attack

Larry Everest | September 15, 2013

Protests continue against US military in Syria. Find or organize a protest here. Also check World Can't Wait's general events listing and interoccupy.net.

Developments concerning Syria continue to move very quickly. On Saturday, September 14, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced their governments had reached an agreement to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons. It reportedly called for the Syrian government to disclose its chemical weapons stockpile within a week, and for international inspectors to be on the ground in Syria by November to enforce the agreement.

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