ANSWER Coalition speaks out against U.S. bombing of Syria

Statement by Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition

HANDS OFF SYRIA protest
People have been taking to the streets across the
United States for over a year to oppose a new war in
Syria. The above photo was taken at a demonstration
on  Aug. 30, 2013

Issued Sept. 22, 2014

The U.S. bombing of Syria has begun tonight.

We in the ANSWER Coalition oppose this war and are calling for demonstrations to oppose the bombing of Syria and Iraq beginning September 23 through September 28. Click here to see a growing list of demonstrations nationwide. This war, like the earlier ones, is being sold on the basis of misinformation and fear. The United States is a major part of the problem and cannot be the solution to the current crisis in Syria and Iraq.

This new aggression is loaded with irony. The Pentagon spokesperson says that the bombing is directed against the self-named Islamic State (ISIS) forces that have gained control over large swaths of Syria and Iraq. But it was precisely the arms transfers and funding of ISIS by the U.S. government's principal allies in the region, especially Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, that have allowed the Islamic state to grow strong in its struggle to topple the secular Syrian government led by Bashar Al-Assad. 

Let's tell the fundamental truth that the Obama administration conceals from the people: the so-called Islamic State or ISIS wouldn't exist today as a major force either in Syria or Iraq if it wasn't for the U.S. military aggression that smashed the secular, nationalist governments in Iraq in 2003 and Libya in 2011, followed by the U.S. government's catastrophic support for the armed opposition against the similarly organized government in Syria.

Read the full statement against the U.S. bombing of Syria by clicking here


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