The Baltimore/D.C. regional International Action Center, ANSWER Coalition, CODEPINK and others called on all concerned organizations and individuals to take a stand and protest against any US intervention and aggression towards Syria.
We called for an immediate emergency demonstration the day of any missile attack on Syria in Baltimore, Frederick, Columbia and Washington D.C. and a regional protest the day after in Washington D.C. at the White House.
The U.S is poised to open another war. This one, the latest in a long series of aggressive wars, would target Syria. Four U.S. destroyers, each with 90 cruise missiles, are moving into place in the eastern Mediterranean to be able to launch these death-dealers at the Syrian people.
The pretext for this escalation is the assertion 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 ofthousands of workers jobs in the name of austerity while they have spent unlimited billions on wars of aggression and NSA surveillance.
Workers and the poor have nothing to gain by supporting US military action against Syria. The US isn’t concerned about human rights in Syria or for that matter right here at home where racism is on the rise with attacks on voting rights, increased police brutality and mass incarceration.
As Dr. King Jr. pointed out, “The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today – my own government” spoken in New York’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 – exactly one year before his assassination in Memphis.