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Anti-war groups call for action against intervention in Syria

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June 27, 2013
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Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from anti-war organizations calling for National Days of Action, June 28- July 17, to oppose the war on Syria.

United Statement and Call for Action to Oppose U.S./NATO and Israeli War on Syria

No more wars – U.S. out of the Middle East!

National Days of Action, June 28- July 17, 2013

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 all forms of intervention against Syria!

• Self-determination free from outside intervention for the Syrian people!
• Fund people’s needs, not the military!
• U.S. Out of the Middle East!

Endorsers:

United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ)
AFI3RM
All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC)
Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines
Arab Americans for Peace
Arab Americans for Syria - AA4S
BAYAN USA
CRI-Panafricain
Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Global Network Against Nuclear Power in Space
Green Party of the United States
Honduras Resistencia USA
International Action Center
International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
Iran Working Group VFP
KmB Pro-People Youth
March Forward!
May 1 Workers and Immigrant Rights Coalition
Pakistan USA Freedom Forum
Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)
Revival of Panafricanism Forum
SI Solidarity with Iran
Socialist Action
Syrian American Forum
The Green Shadow Cabinet
U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)
U.S. Peace Council
Ugnayan (Linking the Children of the Motherland)
Veterans For Peace
World Can't Wait
Akbar Muhammad, International Representative, Nation of Islam
Ardeshir Ommani, President, American Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC)
David Swanson, RootsAction
Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report (organization for identification purpose only)
Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild
Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, candidates, Green Party
Jim Lafferty, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild/Los Angeles
Margaret Flowers & Kevin Zeese, PopularResistance
Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report (organization for identification purpose only)
Nada Khader, WESPAC
Prof. Jared Ball, radio host
Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general
Ron Jacobs, journalist
Sami Ramadani, journalist and scholar
Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival
ANAKBAYAN Los Angeles and San Diego
BAYAN-SOCAL
Bob Carter, Justice for Palestinians, Houston (organization for identification purpose only)
Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel
Community Futures Collective
Eugene E Ruyle, Peace and Freedom Party
Habi Arts
Kevin Akin, California State Chair, Peace and Freedom Party
LEF Foundation
Los Angeles Peace Council
Maine Code Pink
Peace and Freedom Party, Santa Cruz County
Peoples Video Network
Puerto Rican Alliance-LA
RI Peoples Assembly
RI SOS Save Our Schools Coalition
RI Unemployed Council
Sabah Jawad, Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation
School of the Americas Watch - LA (SOA Watch-LA)
SiGAw-GABRIELA USA
Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC)
Stop the War Machine, New Mexico
Teach Peace Foundation, Sacramento, Calif.
The Dream Team 2013, RI
Union of Progressive Iranians
West County Toxics Coalition, Richmond, Calif.

To endorse the call and actions, click here: https://www.unacpeace.org/No_Syria_War_support.html

For your local information on actions, click here: https://www.unacpeace.org/Syria_actions.html

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