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Green Party: Obama’s pause in drive to attack Syria is good news, but anti-war pressure must continue


  • Green Party: Obama’s pause in drive to attack Syria is good news, but anti-war pressure must continue
  • 2013-09-11 00:00:00
  • Washington, DC
    http://www.gp.orgFor Immediate Release:
    Wednesday, September 11, 2013Contacts:
    Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org
    Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org

    Green Party Speakers Bureau: Green leaders available to speak on foreign policy:http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-foreign-policy.php

    WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders said that President Obama’s decision for a temporary pause in the rush to win congressional authorization and launch an air strike against Syria was good news and a monumental achievement by the American people. Greens now urge the President to call off the attack permanently and instead support nonviolent efforts to end the strife in Syria.

    President Obama announced the pause during his address to the nation on Sept. 10. It allows the pursuit of Russia’s proposal for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons to international monitors — a plan Syrian President Assad says he supports (“Failing To Convince on War, US Agrees to Follow Russia’s Path To UN,” Common Dreams, Sept. 10,http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/09/10).

    The Green Party opposes any resumption of threats to attack Syria and supports a halt to U.S. arms shipments and training for Syrian rebels. Party leaders reiterated the call for a nonviolent resolution, with diplomacy, participation in the upcoming U.N.-backed Geneva II Middle East peace conference, cooperation with the International Criminal Court, and an across-the-board arms embargo.

    “While this decision to respect the Russian proposal is encouraging, we’re not out of the woods by a longshot. We urge Americans to keep the heat on President Obama to avoid future military action against Syria. In the absence of continued public pressure, it wouldn’t be surprising to see inspections and the talks with Russia and other members of the U.N. Security Council used as a pretext for a later attack,” said Steve Welzer, Green candidate for Governor of New Jersey.

    Greens noted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s warning at a congressional hearing: “For this diplomatic option to have a chance at succeeding, the threat of a U.S. military action, the credible, real threat of U.S. military action, must continue.” In fact, such action would be illegal, and the threat of attack gives President Assad reason to maintain arms to defend against that threat. Pressure should be brought on all Syrian factions to come to the peace table and for all foreign parties to stop arming them.

    Green Party members participated in recent protest rallies across the country in opposition to the planned attack and military aid for Syrian rebel groups and encouraged members and friends to contact their members of Congress to urge nay votes on the resolution granting the President license to order an attack.

    The Green Party listed several reasons for Americans to maintain their vociferous opposition to an attack on Syria:

      • The danger remains that new developments in Syria might be used as an excuse by the White House to end the pause and order an attack. President Obama has tried to “legalize” illegal military action against Syria by seeking approval Congress, while also insisting that he holds executive power to order an attack without legislative authorization, which would violate the U.S. Constitution.
        • Authorization from Congress, if passed, won’t change the fact that a unilateral attack on Syria would violate international law, which prohibits military action except in cases of self-defense.
          • The Obama Administration insists that the Assad government has used chemical weapons, but admits that the allegations are based on “common sense” rather than confirmed evidence (http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/…). Meanwhile, the evidence has been challenged repeatedly, perhaps most significantly by veteran intelligence officials (http://www.popularresistance.org/…). The White House is in danger of repeating the Bush Administration’s public deception based on manipulated intelligence to justify a military attack that led to civil war and mass death, injury, and destruction in Iraq.

          Greens said that President Obama’s explicit descriptions, in his Sept. 10 address, of civilian deaths caused by such weapons are not proof that the Assad regime had ordered their use. See also “Obama should seek legal prosecution, not illegal war” by Kevin Zeese, Attorney General in the Green Shadow Cabinet, Sept. 4 [read more]

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