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Causes and Consequences of the Syrian Refugee Crisis – What We Can Do
Global Day of Action On Military Spending: Southeast New England Regional Witness for Peace
2016 SUMMIT ON SAUDI ARABIA
How can the US stop destabilizing the Middle East and lay the foundation for peace?
In our war culture we learn to define the "other" -- the "outsider" -- as an "enemy" from our earliest hours. The "enemy" is depersonalized in wars to make killing easier, so that it's easier not to care and to close our eyes and hearts to the inflicted horrors that all wars are. What needs to happen is a total transformation. We need to recognize the humanity of others – one way to do that is to welcome war refugees (sometimes mistermed migrants or immigrants by the media) – as we take responsibility for the consequences of the wars waged in our names by our government.
Those of us who work for peace day after day, week after week, year after year, decade after decade are among those who do take that step toward recognition of the humanity of others. We abhor the bombs dropping on children, mothers, fathers, grandparents. I always think – hey – there are people down there – it's not shock and awe it's murder! I find it very painful when I stand with my sign for peace and people in my community drive past shouting out justifications for bombing and killing – even one time - thankfully only one time- "nuke 'em". The violence here and wars there are out of control, we are eclipsed by events that worsen daily and our voices continue unheeded.
What: Candlelight Vigil
When: Tonight, Thursday, December 10, 5:30 pm
Where: Park Street Station, downtown Boston
Boston, December 10-- With deep concern about intolerant calls to block Muslims from entering the U.S. and a growing hatred of Muslim-Americans, local residents will hold a candlelight vigil tonight outside Park Street T-Station on the International Day for Human Rights.
Thu, Dec. 10, 5:30 pm - Human Rights Day
Boston Common - Park & Tremont Streets
War is not the answer. We should:
- Welcome and fund refugees forced to flee their countries to avoid war and death inflicted by others.
- Isolate ISIS by beginning to demilitarize the region. Immediately end all arms shipments to the Middle East. Weapons shipped to U.S. allies and “opposition forces” have fueled the Syrian War and often fall into ISIS’ hands. Suspend US bombing and military actions and withdraw US/NATO troops now.
- End material and financial support to ISIS and Al Qaeda and their clones. End the U.S. -Saudi Alliance, that has been so critical to the emergence and funding of these forces.
- Support self-determination for Syria. Only Syrians can decide the fate of their country.
- Negotiate an agreement in which Russia, the U.S., Iran and European countries stop fighting to achieve their own strategic goals under the guise of “fighting ISIS” and instead together put their full weight behind diplomatic efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria and Iraq.
There are 60 million refugees in the world, the same number as were refugees at the end of WW II.
On October 31 in an unprecedented joint warning, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross called for "states to stop conflicts, respect international law and aid refugees." Criticizing the global response to the refugee crisis, Ban Ki-moon said, "In the face of blatant inhumanity, the world has responded with disturbing paralysis."
Boston area launch of the Coalition against the US-Saudi Alliance
The US-Saudi Arabia alliance was founded after World War II for oil and empire. Saudi Arabia crushed the Arab Spring in Bahrain, is bombing innocent civilians in Yemen, exports extremism and is creating closer ties with Israel.
As the US-Russia confrontation in Syria continues and escalates and in anger and sorrow at the US bombing of a Doctors Without Borders/Medecines sans Frontieres hospital in Afghanistan, we will stand out for peace in Arlington Center on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10:30-11:30. Please join us.