As the White House seeks authorization from Congress for illegal, aggressive war by the United States, polling continues to show that the majority of the American people oppose the use of our military to “punish” the Syrian government. Meanwhile, members of the Green Shadow Cabinet are working in concert with others in the peace movement to turn public opinion into political consequences.
Dr. Jill Stein, President of the opposition cabinet, joined Saturday’s anti-war march in Boston, telling the assembled hundreds that, “It would be unconstitutional, illegal, immoral, and a potential catastrophe to attack Syria,” according to the Boston Globe. Later that day, President Obama announced that he would not unilaterally attack Syria, and that instead he would ask Congress for an authorization for the use of military force.
Antiwar demonstrations took place across the United States this past week. It is impossible to know what the impact of these protests has been so far. But there can be no doubt that similar protests in the United Kingdom this past week led to Parliament voting to deny Prime Minister Cameron authorization for military action against Syria.
In the coming days, the Green Shadow Cabinet will release additional information about how Americans can – and should – make public opposition to attacking Syria a political reality for those in Washington, DC.
Following are statements issued by the Cabinet regarding Syria this past year, concluding with a call for resistance to war on Syria:
April 26, 2013 – Stay out of Syria – Secretary of Defense Bolger and Secretary of Peace Swanson – http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/bolger-swanson-stay-out-syria
May 28, 2013 – The U.S. press and repression in the Obama era – Public Intervenor for Human Rights Baraka – http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/democracy-us-press-and-repression-obama-era
June 6, 2013 – What are we to make of Obama’s recent silence on Syria? – Foreign Affairs Branch of the Green Shadow Cabinet – http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/foreign-affairs-what-are-we-make-obama%E2%80%99s-recent-silence-syria
June 27, 2013 – Iranian election a golden excuse for peacemaking – Foreign Affairs Branch of the Green Shadow Cabinet – http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/iranian-election-provides-golden-opportunity-peacemaking
July 23, 2013 – Mandela a lesson in peacemaking, empathy – Secretary of Peace Swanson – http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/mandela-lesson-peacemaking-empathy
August 26, 2013 – 10 problem with the latest excuse for war – Secretary of Peace Swanson – http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/10-problems-latest-excuse-war
August 29, 2013 – Don’t attack Syria – Green Shadow Cabinet of the United States – http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/dont-attack-syria