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Urgent Action Alert: Tell Congress to Vote NO on Authorization for Military Force

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Petition Delivery & Peaceful Picket
Wednesday, Sept. 11
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Office of Rep. Anna Eshoo
698 Emerson Street, Palo Alto

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Urgent Action Alert: Tell Congress to Vote NO on Authorization for Military Force

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Petition to Congress: Vote NO on Authorization for Military Force

We urge you to vote no on the President’s request to use military force to respond to apparent chemical weapons attacks in Syria.  We believe that any such unilateral US attack would be illegal, immoral and dangerous.  We urge you to consider the following points:

Even if Congress authorizes the President to use force in this situation, a US attack on Syria will still be illegal without United Nations authorization. Responding to a violation of international law with another violation of international law makes no sense.

While we agree that a violation of the Convention on Chemical Weapons is serious and requires a response, the proper response must be based on the rule of law and international in nature, made through existing international institutions and forums, not by the military actions of a single country.

If the evidence does prove that the Syrian government ordered the use of chemical weapons, then officials of that government should be referred to the International Criminal Court and/or the United Nations to face charges of war crimes.

There is a high probability that innocent civilians or low-ranking members of the Syrian army will be the only ones whose lives will be at risk by the proposed attack — that is morally unjustifiable.  There is also a high probability that the repercussions that will inevitably follow a US attack will lead to a widening of the violence and the likelihood that the US will be drawn further into another nation’s civil war.

Our country has been at war for twelve years now and we are still at war.  We say enough.  Stop the endless resort to military strength and seek to strengthen the people of this country instead.

Comments(7)

  1. Ernest Goitein says:

    Sadly, a military action in Syria reminds me of Hitler’s Germany justifying the occupation of the Saar, the Sudeten land and then the start of the war with the invasion of Poland. The justification for these actions were supported by the politicians. These actions also destroyed the League of Nations which was the world’s hope of avoiding war and repeating the horrors of World War I. Remember that the start of World War I was totally unnecessary. We are in a similar precarious situation now. Who benefits and who pays.

  2. betsy says:

    Do not start a war guys we need peace in our world. Let the syrians sort it out in thir own way

  3. Susanne Friedlaender says:

    War is not the answer, nor is military intervention most particularly when what is most needed is aid to those who are suffering and an approach to the governing forces with a positive rather than punitive intention. Punishment begets resistance. What is needed is helpfulness. That sets a good example too…a much needed one without the imposition of our solutions but with genuine respect for shared humanity, the acceptance of differences and, to say it again, the ability to give others a hand up. It’s harder but it’s much better and more forward looking.
    We have just celebrated MLKing’s 50th anniversary in honor of peaceful progress at a time of great inequality. Let us follow his example of peacefulness…not the arrogant assertion of the right to punish. That is a disgraceful and shameful stance. I am writing this as a refugee many years ago from Nazi Germany and have not forgotten what happened. Let us do better by showing the way of inclusion now.

  4. Barbara Kyser says:

    The use of chemical weapons by any country is an international problem and the US cannot continue to be the policeman for the world.

  5. Caryl Hughan says:

    This is not the America I love and respect.
    No more bombing or missiles guns.
    They only fill the coffers of the defense industry who loves to make every bad situation worse for monetary gain.

  6. Mieke Pagan says:

    Too many questions on who ACTUALLY used chemical weapons, and there are experts who say that looking at videos of people after the so called attack, that they didn’t display the signs of chemical poisoning, and that the survival rate was much too high. We also have a natural gas pipeline that runs through Syria ( could have something to do with this, and we agree to do Saudis Arabias bidding as long as they continue using petro dollars), and we have rebels that we know nothing about, who I’m sure have al Qaida amongst them, and as happens so often, we take out a secular ” dictator” and end up with extremist theocratic rulers. Have we learned nothing? Stay out! There is so much more to it all, and if we intervene, we will be sorry.

  7. Clarence Jones says:

    The US has shown no respect for international law or norms since the end of WW11 and before. We have also continued to fuel the fires of civil war in Syria for our own imperialist agenda, providing arms to the so called opposition many of whom are Islamic Jihadists and the Syrian National Council and Free Syrian army are likely CIA controlled groups. We aided Iraq in there chemical attracts against Iran. American soldiers complained of medical effects from chemical weapons after the first gulf war and people are still getting sick and dying from the effects of agent orange in SE Asia. The US pretending to be the moral authority to enforce International law reeks of the most cynical hypocrisy.