WE ALL KNEW that pitiful excuse for a human being, Donald J “Rat-______r” Trumpedup-Madman, would try to start a war. He already illegally attacked and murdered civilian families, men, women, and children in Yemen virtually as soon as he gained controlling power over our nation and its military forces. Now he has ordered missile attacks on Syrians. Are you personally willing to allow this to happen and to inevitably escalate without doing what you can to stop it? I’m not!
from the MoveOn movement:
News is breaking that Donald Trump just ordered the launch of dozens of Tomahawk missiles to strike Syria.1
It’s an illegal and unauthorized escalation that could have devastating consequences, killing innocent Syrians and costing the lives of U.S. service members.
Things could spiral quickly in the coming hours, and it’s up to MoveOn members to lead a chorus of progressives in every corner of this nation saying NO to bombing the people of Syria.
Congress must force consideration of an Authorization for Use of Military Force, and members of Congress should vote “no” and halt Trump’s march toward war.
Let’s be clear: There’s no doubt that Bashar Assad is a brutal dictator who has slaughtered his own people and is complicit in the use of chemical weapons. But this is no humanitarian mission. These are missiles ordered by a flailing president with plummeting approval ratings, trying to show how “tough” he can be. The result will likely be increased suffering for the Syrian people. And this unilateral U.S. attack could possibly even draw in Russia and Iran, which have been close partners of the Assad regime.
The U.S. cannot bomb its way to peace, but it does have an essential role to play in the world, including 1) welcoming increased numbers of refugees fleeing Syria, 2) fully supporting international relief efforts for those most affected by this brutal civil war, 3) engaging in multilateral diplomacy at the United Nations to isolate Syria, and 4) sanctioning Russia and other nations which enable the Assad regime.
But none of this will be possible unless we first halt Trump’s march toward war.
Thanks for all you do.
–Ilya, Jo, Iram, Stephen, and the rest of the team
1. “Dozens of U.S. Missiles Hit Air Base in Syria,” The New York Times, April 6, 2017
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