President Obama’s decision to bomb Syria stands in stark violation of international law, the UN Charter, and the requirements of the U.S. Constitution.
23 September 2014
President Obama’s decision to bomb Syria stands in stark violation of international law, the UN Charter, and the requirements of the U.S. Constitution. It contradicts his own commitment, stated a year ago in the UN General Assembly, to reverse Washington’s “perpetual war footing.”
And it portends disaster for the people of Syria, the region, and much of the world.
|Youth filled the streets at People's Climate March|
A huge march of 300,000 people wound through Manhattan's midtown on the westside on Sept. 21 demanding urgent and substantive action to deal with global warming. Peace activists from all over Massachusetts joined in, pointing to the overlap in issues and common cause. Organized labor also held a pre-march rally as did faith communities, and convergence of issues was a theme of the day. Hopefully UN General Secretary Ban Xi-Moon, who also marched, will feel lots of support from the people as he tries to pressure reluctant goverments such as the USA into action.
Speakers from American Friends Service Committee, Mass. Peace Action, United For Justice With Peace, Chelsea Uniting Against War, Committee For Peace And Human Rights,Military Families Speak Out, Veterans For Peace, and others helped organize this protest.
- No US military intervention or bombing of Syria and Iraq!
- Bring all the troops home
- No arms or training to parties to the conflict
- Support a political solution including all concerned parties and governments based on self- determination of the people
- Support genuine and neutral humanitarian aid such as UN efforts endorsed by the entire Security Council; oppose false aid used as a cover for military intervention
Here we go again -- has the US government learned nothing from the disastrous Iraq war? The brutal US intervention and occupation of Iraq destroyed Iraqi society and is the principal cause leading to the current violence and chaos. Why would anyone think that another US intervention would be anything but another disaster?
Bombing stopped, but violence continues
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 1:55pm
Only economic pressure on Israel can lead to a true and just peace.
Hours ago, Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire.
Fifty two days after Israel began its bombing campaign in an escalation it provoked, at least 2,140 Palestinians are dead, including 514 children. Five Israeli civilians, including one child, and 64 soldiers have died. Israel has destroyed at least 17,000 homes, leaving around a third of Gaza’s 1.8 million Palestinians homeless. Israel has devastated the infrastructure in Gaza, with many hospitals, schools, factories and electric plants all targeted and destroyed.
After so much death and destruction, we are deeply relieved that this current wave of killing has stopped. Three times in the last six years, Israel has conducted extraordinarily asymmetrical and brutal operations against the captive population of Gaza, and each time it has been civilians who have paid the major price.
And while Gaza has had the world’s attention during these escalations, the truth is that for 7 years, and for the foreseeable future if the world doesn’t act, the people of Gaza will continue to live under an intolerable state of siege. While for Israelis this war is over, Israel's decades-long assault on Palestinian human rights continues.
There is no true end of violence for the children in jail without charges, the farmers watching soldiers tear apart their orchards, the refugees dreaming of the chance to hold their loved ones and see their homes once more, the young students who cannot attend school— for all of them, the violence of ongoing occupation, siege, and injustice continues.