Syria

Talking Points on Syria

September 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Talking Points Prepared by Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies Potential consequences – The Day Of Military strike would be illegal – UN Charter allows military force only if immediate self-defense (Art 51), not applicable, the US not attacked by Syria; or if Sec …

Chemical Weapons in Syria – Some Thoughts

September 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

            I should admit at the start—I think war is never an effective way to resolve conflicts (World war II might be an exception).  But even if you don’t agree with that, I think there are strong grounds for Congress to …

Can you imagine a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction? It is more probable than you may think! Here’s why…   Thirty-nine years ago in 1974, Egypt and Iran (under the Shah) submitted a resolution to the UN General Assembly for a Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East. Such a zone would …

Rally: No War with Syria

August 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

Saturday, September 7, 2013, 1:00 pm Park Street Station, Boston A US attack on Syria would be a dangerous escalation of the Syrian conflict and only create more destruction and loss of life.   US military intervention could possibly spiral into a major regional war including …

Syria and the Peace Movement

August 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

On Sunday, June 30, Phyllis Bennis of Institute for Policy Studies and Michael McPhearson of United for Peace and Justice met with Boston area peace activists to discuss the situation in Syria and what we can do. Phyllis Bennis began by saying she had come …

Phyllis Bennis: The Peace Movement and Syria

June 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

Syria: We need to stop a new war in the Middle East Brunch and conversation with Phyllis Bennis Sunday, June 30, 2013, 10:00 am (NOTE TIME CHANGE!) American Friends Service Committee • 2161 Massachusetts Ave • Cambridge • Porter Sq T   The Syrian civil …

Syria: Escalate the Talk, Not the War

June 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

Syria: Escalate the Talk, Not the War

In the face of growing pressure, President Obama has so far avoided dramatic escalation of U.S. military involvement in Syria. Despite calls to the contrary from unsuccessful presidential candidate John McCain and other “when your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail” know-nothing war-mongers, who apparently thought the disastrous Iraq and Afghanistan wars were just ducky, the Obama Administration has so far held off on a military escalation.

 

Of course, we are very concerned about the horrific humanitarian crisis there, the allegations of chemical weapons use (by the Assad government? the rebels? both? we just don’t know), Israel’s illegal bombing of alleged Syrian weapons sites (perhaps also meant as a warning to Iran?), and possible covert action or arming of rebel factions by the U.S. or its allies.

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