The intervention by other countries for their own interests by supplying weapons and financial aid only exacerbates the conflict and makes peaceful dialogue more difficult. US and NATO have a history of interventions in North Africa and the Middle East supposedly for humanitarian concerns and democracy, but actually resulting in war, occupation and suffering. In particular the US decision to supply the Free Syrian Army with "communications equipment" was a mistake that may harbinger further US intervention for the goal of regime change. This will only increase instability, violence and factors leading to war. Instead, the US should support genuine United Nations efforts -- supported by all Security Council members -- to achieve a ceasefire, start the political process and facilitate urgent, nonmilitary and medical aid to the victims.
- Statement Approved by the UJP Planning Group, May 8, 2012