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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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“The U.S. military does not do pinpricks” is NOT “We stopped a strike on Syria”

Debra Sweet | September 15, 2013

It is a good thing that thousands of people protested and many more voiced their opposition to a U.S. strike on Syria.  But it’s not good that some are relaxing, much less celebrating, in the delusional idea that somehow diplomacy has “worked” to prevent the Obama administration from going forward with this attack.  It would be very bad if people recede into passivity and acceptance, thinking that the danger of war is lessened, when it could well be higher, as Obama works the world for support.

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More Lies for War from the Liar-in-Chief

Obama’s September 10 Speech on Syria

From the site Revolution

Barack Obama’s September 10 speech on Syria was packaged, and is being “debated,” as a defense of his policies and his latest diplomatic moves.

As is Obama’s claim that the U.S. mission in Syria is driven by opposition to “the terrible nature of chemical weapons.”But framing and underneath all that, the basis on which everyone is supposed to think and act is as big a collection of incredible lies as has ever been assembled in a speech, starting with Obama’s assertion that “the world’s a better place” because for “nearly seven decades the United States has been the anchor of global security.”

As is his assertion that the motive of the U.S. is to “stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer over the long run.”

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Syria: No War for Imperialist Interests!

Revolution | September 9, 2013

As we write elsewhere in this issue of Revolution: There is growing danger of a direct U.S. military attack on Syria using planes and/or cruise missiles.

This is a very serious move—one that is fraught with real danger for masses of people in that region and worldwide. We are told that this must be done because the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, has used chemical weapons, and this must be stopped. So, first, we must ask the question: if it were to be actually proven that Assad committed the cold-blooded crime of using chemical weapons as charged, would such an attack be justified?

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Five Questions

Dennis Loo | September 5, 2013

When did it become appropriate to hold a vote about whether or not we should commit the “supreme international crime”?[1]

Are the Syrian civilians who will surely be killed by U.S. bombs any less dead because Congress gave the green light for those bombs to be used?

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Making the Case for NO WAR ON SYRIA

Debra Sweet | August 8, 2013

Here is a quick jolt of must-reads & resources for protesting U.S. plans to Attack Syria

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Sample press release

Sample tweets for a "twitter storm" Saturday #NoWarwithSyria beginning Saturday 10:00 am EDT

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If You Think Obama Can't Help It

Dennis Loo | September 7, 2013

And you think that other unseen forces are making him do all of these terrible things, then take that reasoning process just ONE step further.

What you're saying is that one individual, even the most powerful politician in the world, cannot do the right thing because of the forces that surround him.

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No Matter if Congress Says It’s Legal: Attacking Syria is Immoral, Unjust, Illegitimate

Debra Sweet | September 2, 2013

No War on Syria, NYC ProtestWhile protesting in Times Square Saturday, we listened amid the noise to Obama’s speech of mostly stick, and a little carrot. Some of the protesters took his “largesse” at offering Congress the chance to endorse his plan to attack Syria (the carrot) as a concession by Obama. They say we should seize the moment and “let Congress know” how many people are against this strike and potential regional war.

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Obama, Congress and Syria

Glenn Greenwald | September 1, 2013

The president is celebrated for seeking a vote on his latest war even as his aides make clear it has no binding effect

It's a potent sign of how low the American political bar is set that gratitude is expressed because a US president says he will ask Congress to vote before he starts bombing another country that is not attacking or threatening the US. That the US will not become involved in foreign wars of choice without the consent of the American people through their representatives Congress is a central mandate of the US Constitution, not some enlightened, progressive innovation of the 21st century.

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NO to US Bombs on Syria: Protest Today and When Attack Begins

Libyan hospitalDebra Sweet | August 29, 2013

It's looking like the U.S. — notwithstanding President Obama's speech about "justice" and "freedom" today at the March on Washington 50th anniversary — will launch air strikes on Syria in the next few days.

It's essential that visible protest in advance of, and in reaction to, such attacks are as strong as possible.

Protest Thursday August 29:

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Only Worse Suffering and Horrors Can Result from a U.S. Attack on Syria

Revolution Newspaper | August 27, 2013

As we go to press, there is growing danger of a direct U.S. military attack on Syria—which is being framed as a “surgical strike”—using planes and/or Cruise missiles. U.S. Secretary of “Defense” Hagel announced that “the U.S. military is “ready to go” if ordered to attack Syria.

These attacks must be opposed with determined political protest and clear-eyed understanding of how they would make the situation worse.

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