Today (Aug. 29), the British House of Commons voted to reject Prime Minister David Cameron's plan to join with the Obama administration in launching missile strikes against Syria. Cameron is the closest partner that President Obama has. This was an enormous setback for the war makers.
Yet, Obama's top aides told the New York Times immediately after the House of Commons vote that the president was preparing to attack Syria even if the British government did not join the operation.
This is an outrage. The people of the United States and the people of the UK are dead set against another war of aggression in the Middle East.
Such an attack would be nothing other than a new lawless and reckless act of aggression by the world’s greatest military superpower. The consequences of such an assault are unknowable in advance. In addition to further exacerbating the suffering of the Syrian people, the potential for a wider war is very real. Russia has announced it is moving warships to the eastern Mediterranean; Iran has stated that if Syria is attacked by the United States, Israel will be hit also.
But until the missiles are fired and the bombs dropped, it is still possible to stop the war before it starts. It is critically important that all those who oppose a new war and who demonstrated today stay in the streets over this crucial weekend. What people do can make a difference!
| The homepages of the New York Times and Yahoo featured photos
from the White House protest initiated by the ANSWER Coalition.
Many demonstrations are already being planned for this Saturday, August 31 in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Albuquerque, New Orleans and many other cities.
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Hands Off Syria – No New U.S. War in the Middle East!