United call for actions against war on Syria

The following is a call issued by dozens of organizations in the United States for national days of action from June 28 to July 17 “to oppose the U.S./NATO and Israeli war on Syria.”

The White House’s June 13 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 Barack 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!

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

Endorsers:

  1. United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
  2. ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism)
  3. United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ)
  4. AFI3RM
  5. All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC)
  6. Alliance for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines
  7. Arab Americans for Peace
  8. Arab Americans for Syria – AA4S
  9. BAYAN USA
  10. CRI-Panafricain
  11. Freedom Road Socialist Organization
  12. Global Network Against Nuclear Power in Space
  13. Green Party of the United States
  14. Honduras Resistencia USA
  15. International Action Center
  16. International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
  17. Iran Working Group VFP
  18. KmB Pro-People Youth
  19. March Forward!
  20. May 1 Workers and Immigrant Rights Coalition
  21. Pakistan USA Freedom Forum
  22. Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL)
  23. Revival of Panafricanism Forum
  24. SI Solidarity with Iran
  25. Socialist Action
  26. Syrian American Forum
  27. The Green Shadow Cabinet
  28. U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)
  29. U.S. Peace Council
  30. Ugnayan (Linking the Children of the Motherland)
  31. Veterans For Peace
  32. Workers World Party
  33. World Can’t Wait
  34. Akbar Muhammad, International Representative, Nation of Islam
  35. Ardeshir Ommani, President, American Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC)
  36. David Swanson, RootsAction
  37. Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report (organization for identification purpose only)
  38. Heidi Boghosian, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild
  39. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, candidates, Green Party
  40. Jim Lafferty, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild/Los Angeles
  41. Margaret Flowers & Kevin Zeese, PopularResistance
  42. Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report (organization for identification purpose only)
  43. Nada Khader, WESPAC
  44. Prof. Jared Ball, radio host
  45. Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
  46. Ron Jacobs, journalist
  47. Sami Ramadani, journalist and scholar
  48. Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival
  49. ANAKBAYAN Los Angeles and San Diego
  50. BAYAN-SOCAL
  51. Bob Carter, Justice for Palestinians, Houston (organization for identification purpose only)
  52. Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel
  53. Community Futures Collective
  54. Eugene E Ruyle, Peace and Freedom Party
  55. Habi Arts
  56. Kevin Akin, California State Chair, Peace and Freedom Party
  57. LEF Foundation
  58. Los Angeles Peace Council
  59. Maine Code Pink
  60. Peace and Freedom Party, Santa Cruz County
  61. Peoples Video Network
  62. Puerto Rican Alliance-LA
  63. RI Peoples Assembly
  64. RI SOS Save Our Schools Coalition
  65. RI Unemployed Council
  66. Sabah Jawad, Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation
  67. School of the Americas Watch – LA (SOA Watch-LA)
  68. SiGAw-GABRIELA USA
  69. Southern California Immigration Coalition (SCIC)
  70. Stop the War Machine, New Mexico
  71. Teach Peace Foundation, Sacramento, Calif.
  72. The Dream Team 2013, RI
  73. Union of Progressive Iranians
  74. West County Toxics Coalition, Richmond, Calif.

See unacpeace.org to endorse or for more information.