US Americans, German workers against war on Syria


While United States Senator John McCain played poker, as he wants bloody war in Syria, never mind the arguments against it, others expressed the opposition of the majority of people in the USA to starting yet another war. This video from Washington is called #NoWarWithSyria Protesters Disrupt a Senate Hearing for Syria Intervention.

Meanwhile, from Germany:

Germany: Rüsselsheim workers oppose war against Syria

By our correspondent

4 September 2013

The overwhelming majority of the German working population is reacting with outrage and revulsion to the war threats against Syria. Last weekend a team from the Socialist Equality Party (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit—PSG), distributed the leaflet “Hands off Syria” and talked to passers-by in the city of Rüsselsheim, which is the location of the German headquarters of GM-Opel. At Opel gate 60 and in the working-class neighborhood of Dicker Busch II many passers-by took the leaflet, expressed their concerns and rejected the planned war.

“Of course I am strictly against any war preparation,” said Sven, a young trainee teacher, who was accompanied by his mother. “Obviously, this civil war has been instigated from outside,” Sven continued. “I think the US wanted a war from the start.” His mother intervened and exclaimed indignantly, “Now it looks like they are really going to war. Does it really have to be so?”

Asked about the situation in Germany, Sven said he would “never vote for any of the established parties,” either those in government or the opposition “because all of these parties were merely concerned with capitalist interests.” This was evident during the euro crisis: “When it came to the euro rescue all they were interested in was saving the banks, but not the Greek workers.”

Sadiyah, a young woman, stopped and immediately came over to speak about the economic interests responsible for the war in Syria: “The imperialists are now giving out millions, hoping to earn billions later on. And all of them play along, including the ‘Peace Prize’ winner, Obama. At first he made a nice impression and was highly praised because he promised to close Guantanamo. But it has turned out he is no better than his predecessor [George W. Bush].”

Nano, a young mother who grew up in Germany, and whose parents are from Syria, was deeply shocked by the misery in her homeland. She comes from Aleppo and visited the city recently. She deplored the unbearable living conditions in the country: “This has gone on now for almost three years. The worst thing is that people suffer who cannot do anything to help themselves.”

Nano addressed the claim by the United States that it had played no role in Syria up to now. “That’s not true at all”, she said. “They financed and organized the rebels from the beginning. There are people sent in from abroad, from other countries, Islamists seeking to split the population.”

She is herself Muslim, but declared “I completely reject the Islamists. They give a completely false image of Islam. Islam is not for terrorism but for peace. There have been so many deaths, it is terribly sad. I have already lost many relatives. And now the use of poison gas.”

She noted that everywhere it was being said that Assad used the poison gas. “But where is the evidence? It makes no sense for Assad to use poison gas. Certainly both sides have made mistakes, but behind the war ultimately lie economic interests. The US is being completely hypocritical when it claims it had nothing to do with it. …”

Klaus M., a 50-year-old mechanical engineer, described the US government and its European allies as warmongers. It is not even clear whether poison gas was really used, he said. The US government has even said that the investigations still needed a few days, but in fact they have no real interest. “They want to strike at any price.”

Klaus M. reported on the tense situation in the local factories. He works for a construction company and reported that the effects of globalization were being felt everywhere. “There is a great deal of outsourcing. The company I work for produces large building machines, but now much of the production is being shifted to the Czech Republic.”

The PSG team also distributed the statement “Hands off Syria” at the GM-Opel plant in Rüsselsheim. Once again the leaflet was met with interest and support. Almost all workers took a leaflet and those who stopped to talk expressed their concern and outrage over the preparations for war.

“This impending war is really bad,” said Franz, a young foundry worker. “I have the most sympathy for the suffering of defenseless civilians who will be punished and are even slaughtered with poison gas. But who is responsible? We Europeans are encouraged to believe that President Assad is responsible. But NATO and the Americans could have provoked him deliberately.”

Mehmet, 45 years old, said: “Everything is taking the same course as Iraq. First allegations are made about weapons of mass destruction, and then later they say, Oh!, it looks like we have made a mistake. They are simply looking for a reason to attack, and Assad is defending himself.”

Mehmet has worked for 23 years at GM-Opel in quality control. He pointed out that “everything has been long planned. First it was Iraq, now its Syria’s turn, then Iran is next.”

Peace activist Medea Benjamin calls on Obama to use diplomacy in Syria, not drones: here.

10 thoughts on “US Americans, German workers against war on Syria

  1. HANDS OFF SYRIA ACTIONS MOMENTUM GROWS

    A collective fierce voice demanding, “Not another war” is resounding across the country and around the world.
    Now is the moment to make our voices heard.

    Join unified actions this Sat. Sept. 7, in

    NEW YORK’s TIMES SQUARE, *42ND STREET AND SEVENTH AVENUE AT 1 PM*

    & in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles

    and on

    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE

    with Syrian American Forum from 10 to 12. Marching to Congress – Upper Senate Park

    Join in to stop the attack on Syria. The coming days provide the last chance to mobilize popular resistance to the military strike. The people fear both the political and economic consequences of another costly war. Millions believe the pretext for the war is another Big Lie like the lies used before the Vietnam, Iraq and Libya wars. We need to join together to loudly oppose this new war.

    Poised to launch weapons of mass death on the Syrian people, the administration has called time out to try to win over the population and Congress with a “full-court press” assault of war propaganda. We must meet this with a “full-court press” response.

    Along with the dozens of protests held last week in the U.S. and hundreds worldwide, the anti-attack forces have called major actions in the next week and a full week of lobbying and local actions.

    Under the slogans of “Hands off Syria! Not another war!” the International Action Center initiated a call for a united regional action of all antiwar forces for September 7 at Times Square at 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue, NYC at 1 p.m.

    Other actions on Saturday, September 7 include a protest called by the Answer Coalition in front of the White House at noon. There are also regional coalitions organizing demonstrations in Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, among other cities.

    Many groups are also organizing delegations to congressional offices in the coming week before congressional members head back to DC on Sept 9. The delegations range from polite visits to demonstrations to plans for encampments on the doorstep.

    Full listings of endorsing organizations and cities where actions are planned can be found at iacenter.org. Click HERE to view an endorsers list. Click HERE to endorse, support or list a local action. Click HERE to find an action near you. Or see unacpeace.org

    > Broad support is also growing for an initiative by the Syrian American Forum to hold its “Hands Off Syria, Don’t bomb Syria” March on Washington on Sept. 9, when Congress is due to reconvene. The group is organizing buses from the Midwest, South New York and other areas for a Monday rally in front of the White House.
    >
    > Already 50 organizations have endorsed and are mobilizing for these and other actions, including the United National Antiwar Coalition. Among them is “coordinated day of varied actions directed at Congress” on Friday, Sept. 6, from 4-6 p.m. Click HERE to view a full listing of actions. Click HERE to view an endorsers list.
    >
    > Statement of the International Action Center:
    >
    > The people have made it crystal clear: We don’t want another war!
    >
    > Last week there were demonstrations and rallies against bombing Syria in at least 48 U.S. cities. This Saturday, the 1:00 PM Times Square demonstration will be one of dozens across the country. On Monday, September 9, as Congress goes back into session, the Syrian American Forum and others will protest in front of the White House, then march to the U.S. Congress.
    >
    > The cost of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan exceeds $4 trillion dollars.
    >
    > The cruise missiles the US is planning to fire at Syria cost $1.5 million apiece. The profits of the missile’s maker, Raytheon, is soaring — but our cities are crumbling. People are hurting from joblessness, foreclosures, sequester cuts and furloughs. Hospitals and schools are closing.
    >
    > We need funds for job programs, healthcare and education, NOT billions wasted on war and destruction.
    >
    > War propaganda always accompanies war. In 2003 before the massive attack on Iraq, it was the lie of “weapons of mass destruction.”
    >
    > In 1991 in the first US war on Iraq it was wild claim that Iraqi soldiers were killing “incubator babies.”
    >
    > In the Vietnam War it was the testimony that U.S. ships were being fired on in the Gulf of Tonkin.
    >
    > It is ludicrous to think that the Assad regime used chemical weapons on the same day that UN weapons inspectors arrived in Syria. The inspectors were less than ten miles away from the attack and had been invited by the Syrian government.
    >
    > The U.S. is the last country on earth that should start a war on the basis of combatting war crimes.
    >
    > The Pentagon’s 2004 assault on the city of Fallujah, Iraq alone left the residents there with staggering rates of cancer, birth defects and infant mortality due to the U.S. military’s use of depleted uranium and white phosphorus.
    >
    > Just last month the recipient of $1.5 billion in annual military aid, the Egyptian government, brutally cleared the streets, killing many hundreds at protest encampments that included men, women and children.
    >
    > By far, the world’s largest stockpile of chemical, nuclear and every other kind of weapon belongs to the United States — the only country to have used nuclear weapons on civilians.
    >
    > No, President Barack Obama and Sec. of State John Kerry don’t care about the people of Syria one bit. What they care about is removing a government that gives aid to the Palestinian resistance, Hezbollah and other victims of the Israeli brutality. The repressive regimes in Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf kingdoms beat down the people of the region so that U.S. oil companies can have unfettered access to oil profits.
    >
    > We don’t want another war for the 1%. The rich will win and the people in the U.S., Syria and the entire Middle East region will lose.
    >
    > Hands off Syria!
    >
    > Some of the organizations, coalitions and community groups endorsing Sat. Sept 7 demonstrations: (Full list in formation.)
    >
    > Syrian American Forum
    >
    > United National Antiwar Coalition-UNAC
    >
    > ANSWER Coalition
    >
    > Code Pink
    >
    > May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights
    >
    > International Action Center
    >
    > Islamic Leadership Council/Majlis Ash-Shura of Metro NY
    >
    > Harlem Tenants Council
    >
    > La Peña del Bronx
    >
    > U.S. Peace Council
    >
    > Veterans For Peace / Chapter 021, NJ
    >
    > People’s Power Movement
    >
    > World Can’t Wait
    >
    > International League for People’s Struggles/US
    >
    > People’s Organization for Progress
    >
    > BAYAN USA
    >
    > Jersey City Peace Movement
    >
    > Occupy Harlem
    >
    > Red Youth
    >
    > Fight Imperialism Stand Together – FIST
    >
    > Pakistan USA Freedom Forum
    >
    > Honduras USA Resistencia
    >
    > Frente Libre-Honduras
    >
    > Antiwar Committee
    >
    > Al Quds Committee
    >
    > Islamic Leadership Council/Majlis Ash-Shura of Metro NY
    >
    > Grannies for Peace
    >
    > Black Waxx, NY
    > Interoccupy.net, NYC
    >
    > Guyanese American Workers United, New York, NY
    >
    > Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement
    >
    > Advocates For Peace And Social Justice, West New York, NJ
    >
    > SI Solidarity Iran
    >
    > People’s Video Network

    See unacpeace.org

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