Published on Uncovered Politics on July 1, 2013
By Darcy G. Richardson
In keeping with the party’s longstanding opposition to U.S. imperialism and reckless military adventurism, the Peace & Freedom Party of Florida has joined more than 125 other organizations and individuals in endorsing the following joint statement and call for action issued by the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) and the United National Antiwar Committee (UNAC):
The White House’s June 13th announcement that it would begin directly supplying arms to the opposition in Syria is a dramatic escalation of the U.S./NATO war against that country. Thousands of U.S. troops and intelligence personnel are training opposition forces and coordinating operations in Turkey and Jordan. Israel, the recipient of more than $3 billion annually in U.S. military aid has carried out heavy bombing raids against Syria. The Pentagon has developed plans for a “no-fly” zone over Syria, threatening a new U.S. air war.
The pretext for this escalation is the assertion, presented without any actual evidence, that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the conflict that has been raging for more than two years. Like their predecessors, President Obama and other top U.S. officials pretend to be concerned about “democracy” and “human rights” in Syria, but their closest allies in the campaign against Syria are police-state, absolute monarchies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Once again the so-called ‘Responsibility to protect’, R2P, is used as a pretext for NATO to dominate this region.
Just as the false claim of “weapons of mass destruction” was used as justification for the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, the allegations that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian military is meant to mask the real motives of Washington and its allies. Their aim is to carry out “regime change,” as part of the drive to create a “new Middle East.”
The invasion of Iraq in 2003, the U.S.-backed Israeli war in Lebanon in 2006, the 2011 NATO bombing of Libya, the now-escalating war in Syria and the growing threats against Iran are part of a coordinated regional effort by the United States, Britain and France to dominate this oil-rich and strategic region.
The U.S. government cuts basic services and has eliminated hundreds of thousands of public sector workers jobs in the last three years in the name of a discredited austerity which has destroyed the economy, but has unlimited billions available for wars of aggression and NSA surveillance of almost every American.
We join together to call for National Days of Action, June 28- July 15, 2013, to demand:
* Stop the U.S./NATO/Israeli war and forms of intervention against Syria!
* Self-determination for the Syrian people!
* Fund people’s needs, not the military!
* U.S. Out of the Middle East!
In addition to former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark and ex-Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney of Georgia, the Green Party of the United States, the fast-emerging United Front Against Austerity (UFAA), and the Center for a Stateless Society, a left-leaning, market-oriented anarchist think-tank and media center associated with the Molinari Institute, have also endorsed the united statement and call for action.
For a complete list of endorsers, click here.