No War on Syria

Barak Obama wants to attack Syria, a secular state that poses no threat to our country.

The President and the Secretary of State claim that the Syrian government has used poison gas against its own population. There’s no reason to believe them. The Syrian government is winning; why should it use a weapon that could draw an international response? The physical evidence suggests that the weapons were home-made by the rebels, who are known to possess a supply of poison gas.

It’s reasonable to suspect that the Obama administration’s true motives have more to do with natural resources, geopolitics and Israel than with avenging a few hundred dead civilians in Syria.

The U.S. administration wants war and is trying to manufacture an excuse. We’ve been supporting the rebels in Syria for years. Many of them are foreign mercenaries. They are aligned with the most reactionary forces in the region, notably fundamentalist Saudi Arabia.

Lately we have heard a lot of empty talk about Dr. Martin Luther King. It’s too bad, because Dr. King’s most important teachings are as useful today as they were in 1968. He said,

God didn’t call America to do what she’s doing in the world now. God didn’t call America to engage in a senseless, unjust war… And we are criminals in that war. We’ve committed more war crimes almost than any nation in the world, and I’m going to continue to say it.

Friends, I urge you to join me in speaking out against a U.S. attack on Syria. Attacking Syria would constitute a war of aggression, which…is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.

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