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Pouring gasoline on a fire will not put it out!


By USLAW Coordinator - Posted on 08 August 2013

U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW) speaks out on the crisis in Syria

U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW) has focused most of its attention and resources on the Iraq and Afghan Wars, and building the New Priorities Network and Jobs-Not-Wars Campaign to shift resources from the bloated Pentagon budget to meet urgent social needs.

The crisis in Syria, however, is of such import and urgency that USLAW’s steering committee and officers felt compelled to speak out. 

USLAW makes the following points:

Sending more arms to Syria is literally like pouring gasoline onto a fire. It will only deepen the suffering and increase the casualties among the Syrian people.  It will prolong the conflict, not end it.  It will inevitably result in arms falling into the hands of groups and individuals who will use them against us (blowback).  It will deepen hatred of the U.S. by Arab and Moslem people.  It will destabilize the region and risks escalating the conflict into a regional war.  It will violate the U.N. Charter and international law.  It will ultimately lead to the commitment of U.S. armed forces to what is a civil war.  It will lead to more cuts to social services and domestic spending as it drains funds into another bottomless pit of military conflict.

The security and safety of the American people can only be undermined by another military intervention in the Middle East, whether direct or indirect.

  • There should be no US military intervention in any form;
  • Send diplomats and humanitarian aid not weapons;
  • There is no military solution; 
  • Create conditions that allow for a political resolution; 
  • All the parties need to be at the table;
  • The Syrian people, not the U.S., Saudis, Qataris, Iranians, Turks, Russians, Israelis or any others, should decide who should govern Syria.

What will strengthen the security and safety of the American people, and serve our real national interests, will be using the funds now siphoned off by the military-industrial complex to create stable living wage jobs, provide universal healthcare, put more teachers into classrooms and rebuild our schools, support college students instead of encumbering them with debt, rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, help homeowners and renters instead of banks, and reduce our carbon footprint by creating alternative sustainable sources of energy to slow the process of global warming. 

With these ends in mind, USLAW joined with Friends Committee on National Legislation, Institute for Policy Studies, Just Foreign Policy, Peace Action, Peace and Justice Resource Center, United for Peace and Justice, and Women's Actions for New Directions to launch a petition to the President and leadership of Congress.  We encourage all those who share our concerns to sign it and get others to do so too.  The petition is available at http://bit.ly/no-syria-arms.

Michael Eisenscher, National Coordinator
nationalcoordinator@uslaboragainstwar.org
http://uslaboragainstwar.org

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