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On United States Intervention in Syria: Remember a Few Things

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To those who think the United States should intervene in Syria,

Remember this is the same United States which;

  • is still deeply involved in two failed wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan that have lasted for over a decade without coming to a conclusion.

  • is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands, if not over a million Iraqis and Afghans through aerial bombardments, night raids, artillery shelling, ground missions and genocidal sanctions .

  • used depleted uranium and white phosphorous munitions in Iraq leading to a sharp increase in cancerous birth defects in areas like Fallujah.

  • knowingly aided Saddam Hussein with intelligence while being completely aware that he was using chemical weapons against Iran.

  • has systematically tortured and/or overseen the torture of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Bagram prison, Abu Ghraib, and numerous CIA rendition and black sites.

  • is engaged in an illegal, vicious and indiscriminate drone war in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia which has murdered   numerous women, children and non-combatants with total casualties estimates ranging around 3000-5000.

  • bankrolled (and refused to condemn) the Israeli army as they used white phosphorous shells to attack civilians at Al-Quds hospital and a U.N. compound housing refugees in Gaza in 2009.

  • continues to offer diplomatic cover for the brutal and expansionist Israeli occupation and provides weapons to the Israeli military as it carries out further crimes against Palestinians.

  • actively supported dictator Hosni Mubarak and his torturous military regime with weapons for over three decades.

  • is now complicit in the massacres being committed by the very same Egyptian military under the coup government led by General Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi which has murdered over 1000 people in cold blood in the last month.

  • remains tightly allied with the monarchies in Jordan , Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in the suppression of their populations.  

  • armed and trained fundamentalists forces , including the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan, that eventually gave birth to Al-Qaeda and similar groups.

  • backed former Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali by sending 12 million in "security assistance" to suppress the popular uprising at the start of the Arab Spring revolutions.   

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Joshua Brollier is a Co-Coordinator with Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

Josh first became involved in Voices work in 2007 by participating in The Occupation Project. He has since taken part in number of other Voices efforts, including Witness Against War -- a 500-mile walk from Chicago to St. Paul to challenge and non-violently resist the US wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has (more...)

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