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Tell Congress to deny strike against Syria


I strongly oppose intervention by the United States in Syria.

“Putin warns U.S., West against arming organ-eating Syrian rebels.” This is a CNN headline from June 17.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is referring to a video in which a person, reportedly a Syrian rebel, cuts the heart and liver out of a dead body of his enemy and takes a bite out of the heart, saying, reportedly, that this is what will happen to all the enemies of the rebels.

As much as the Assad regime stands condemned of heinous crimes, I strongly oppose intervention by the American military in Syria. So I called my two senators and representative and told them as much, giving them three reasons:

I do not think America has the authority or the responsibility to intervene (“police”) in every world problem. In fact, the reason Obama eventually had to argue “national interest” before Congress was because the U.N. had already judged that a sufficient case cannot be made for intervention based on Responsibility to Protect, “RtoP,” standards.) This is the first and foremost reason, and it alone is sufficient reason not to go.

I do not think it has been sufficiently demonstrated that the Assad regime is actually responsible for the use of the chemical weapons. Consider the following quote from a British source: “The Associated Press quoted ‘multiple U.S. officials’ as pointing toward gaps in the U.S. intelligence picture, in strong contrast to the certainty expressed by American leaders, including Barack Obama. The AP said the U.S. intelligence evidence against Syria was thick with caveats.’”

I do not think we know who we are assisting. That is to say, a strike against Assad is a strike for the rebels ... and we just do not know enough about these rebels! (Actually, we know too much about them!)

Maybe you want to contact your senators and representatives also. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Loweville number is 315-376-6118, and Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Syracuse number is 315-423-5471. U.S. Rep. Bill Owens’s Watertown number is 315-782-3150.

Lee Tosti


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