Come to the next meeting of those organizing against the war:
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 at 1:00PM
at the Media Education Foundation
(60 Masonic Street, Northampton)
Join us as part of a NATIONAL VIGIL to OPPOSE AN ATTACK ON SYRIA:
We oppose an attack on Syria because:
- MOST AMERICANS OPPOSE IT: 63% of Americans do not want military action in Syria.
- THE BRITISH KNOW BETTER: The United Kingdom, the U.S.’s longtime partner, refused this week to be a part of an attack on Syria.
- WE CAN’T AFFORD ANOTHER WAR: We have spent $1,468,000,000 (1.4 TRILLION dollars) on just Iraq and Afghanistan so far. Each $1.41 million cruise missile launched against Syria takes us further from a solution to the conflict and each one takes more money away from the priorities of our communities.
- WE DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT: Syria has not attacked the U.S., has not threatened to attack the U.S., and to attack another country unprovoked is a crime of aggression.
- IT MAY TRIGGER A WIDER WAR: Syria is not Afghanistan, not Iraq, not Libya. It has a modern military, it has a mutual defense pact with Iran, it is an ally of Russia. An act of war on Syria could trigger a region-wide, and potentially world-wide war.
What you can do:
- Call Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Springfield): (413) 788-2690
- Call Sen. Ed Markey (Boston): (617) 565-8519
- If you’re in District 2, call Jim McGovern: (413) 341-8700
- If you’re in District 1, call Rep. Richard Neal: (413) 785-0325
- Tell them: “The U.S. should adhere to law & work with the U.N. We’ve had too many wars and military actions; we have problems at home we need to deal with; an attack can lead to unintended consequences and our young people going into yet another war! I want <Representative/Senator> to oppose an attack on Syria and support diplomatic action!”
- Listen to news from a variety of sources, not just one point of view. Listen to DemocracyNow! (http://democracynow.org) for views from a range of national and international experts.
What we SHOULD do:
Press all outside parties for a full blockade of arms and vigorously support the political processâ€”particularly joint United Nations/Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimiâ€”and a rapid convening of a Geneva II peace conference with all involved actors.
- AFSC’s national call, with other peace organizations, to reject military action against Syria.
- If America wants Assad to respect international law, it must respect it, too (Rep. Raul Grijalva and Michael Shank)
- Chemical Attacks and Military Interventions (Omar Dahi, Jadaliyya.com)
Â WE CAN’T AFFORD ANOTHER WAR / WE DON’T WANT ANOTHER WAR