Trumps bombs Syria, peace movement reacts

This video from England is called Don’t Bomb Syria Protest – London, 2015

By Moustafa Bayoumi in the USA on 07 April 2017:

Trump’s senseless Syria strikes accomplish nothing

It deepens a war which the US has no idea how to end

Donald Trump, the man who just over a month ago wanted to bar entry of all Syrian refugees into the United States, now wants us to think that he cares deeply about Syrian children. I don’t believe it.

What I do believe is that our president is a bad actor. He was a bad actor on his old television show, and he’s still a bad actor today. And he’s a bad actor in both senses of the term, which is to say his actions are poorly executed and morally questionable.

Addressing the nation from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, the president announced that he had authorized “a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched.” Trump was referring to a chemical weapons attack on Tuesday that killed more than 80 people, including dozens of women and children, in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. The chemical attack had in all likelihood been carried out by the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

But what will the US’s military strike – a barrage of at least 59 (offensively named) Tomahawk cruise missiles aimed at a lone airfield – really accomplish?

According to reports, the missiles targeted only a single Syrian airfield and not Syria’s air defenses. In other words, the attack does not ground Syria’s air force. Nor did the attack strike any of the Russian aircraft currently bombing Syria. In fact, the Russians were alerted of the attack beforehand (who may, in turn, have also alerted the Syrians). The attack does not significantly degrade the military capabilities of Bashar al-Assad.

So why attack in the first place? Once again, we’re being told by military officials that their actions are intended “to send a message.” What nonsense this is. Will Bashar al-Assad now cease his murderous actions because he’s just been delivered “a message”? How are we supposed to believe there is any strategy to Trump’s actions anyway? Just last week, Nikki Haley, Trump’s UN ambassador, said of Assad: “Do we think he’s a hindrance? Yes. Are we going to sit there and focus on getting him out? No.”

What the erratic flip-floppery of Trump’s foreign policy really means is that America’s foes can easily manipulate the Trump administration into greater and greater military quagmires.

Has the administration considered how Lebanon’s Hizbullah will react to the US bombing their close ally Bashar al-Assad? Is the Trump administration prepared to put large numbers of troops on the ground to accomplish its goals? Will it militarily challenge Russia if needed? Or does the US military now only “send messages”?

The administration seems to have no vision of what it wants to accomplish or what it can accomplish. Trump ended his announcement of Thursday’s strike with the modest goal of ending “terrorism of all kinds and all types.” Good luck with that. Meanwhile, the heart of the problem is that the United States seems always to have only one solution to war: make more war.

None of this exonerates the murderous, thuggish and brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad. The moral and strategic imperatives of our world today demand that the Syrian civil war be brought to a swift and just conclusion. And we must recognize that the end of Syria’s civil war will not be found through military means but through careful deliberation between many different parties.

But we are moving farther away from those goals. At its best, Thursday’s reckless and largely ineffective bombing does little but make US lawmakers feel good about themselves. At its worst, it deepens a war which the US has no idea how to end.

By Jeremy Corbyn in Britain today:

The Labour leader‘s statement on the US missile strikes in Syria

The US missile attack on a Syrian government air base risks escalating the war in Syria still further.

Tuesday’s horrific chemical attack was a war crime which requires urgent independent UN investigation and those responsible must be held to account.

But unilateral military action without legal authorisation or independent verification risks intensifying a multi-sided conflict that has already killed hundreds of thousands of people.

What is needed instead is to urgently reconvene the Geneva peace talks and unrelenting international pressure for a negotiated settlement of the conflict.

The terrible suffering of the Syrian people must be brought to an end as soon as possible and every intervention must be judged on what contribution it makes to that outcome.

The British government should urge restraint on the Trump administration and throw its weight behind peace negotiations and a comprehensive political settlement.

From the Stop the War coalition in Britain today:

Emergency Protest: No to Trump’s Attack on Syria

No to Trump’s attacks on Syria
No to British support
London protest tonight, Downing Street 5-7pm

The Stop the War Coalition​ condemn​s Donald Trump’s decision to launch attacks against Syrian targets. This action will only increase the level of killing in Syria, and inflame the terrible war that has already caused untold misery for the people of the country.

​​This is the worst possible way to respond to the indefensible attack at Khan Sheikhun. As well as ​deepening​ the tragedy of the Syrian people, ​this utterly​​ irresponsible act ​threatens to widen the war and lead the West into military confrontation with Russia. ​

​It is shameful that​ Theresa May​ has rushed to support this act by the most xenophobic and reactionary US president in history. ​

​Stop the War calls for protests today against this or any further attacks​ and against British support or participation. The protest in London will take place today at​ Downing Street​ from 5 to 7pm.

USA: MSNBC’s Brian Williams faced an immediate backlash late Thursday for repeatedly describing the U.S. military strike on Syria as “beautiful”: here.

With the cruise missile attack on Syria, the United States has opened up a new chapter in its war for global hegemony that it began more than a quarter century ago with the invasion of Iraq. The claim that this attack is a response to the Syrian government’s use of poison gas is a transparent lie. Once again, as in the air war against Serbia in 1999, the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, and the attack on Libya in 2011, the United States has concocted a pretext to justify the violation of another country’s sovereignty: here.

Oil price hits one-month high after US launches missile strike on Syria: here.

31 thoughts on “Trumps bombs Syria, peace movement reacts

  1. Friday 7th April 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    A BRITISH volunteer fighting the Isis death cult in Syria began a five-day hunger strike yesterday in solidarity with political prisoners in Turkey.

    Kimmie Taylor, from Blackburn, became the first British woman to join the Women’s Protection Units in Rojava, northern Syria, earlier this year.

    Kurdish prisoners held in Turkish jails launched a hunger strike in February to press for better treatment and renewed peace talks between the Turkish government and the Kurdistan Workers Party.

    Ms Taylor announced her hunger strike in a statement released yesterday.

    It read: “I am on hunger strike as of today, in solidarity with our comrades in prisons across Turkey whose strike is now in its 51st day.

    “Whilst the world sits silently on all issues, our comrades are the people that don’t. They are the ones who stand up fiercely to protect others and work relentlessly to build societies of equality and freedom.

    She said she “could not sit silently” while the prisoners “are days away from dying due to the world ignoring their call.”


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  3. STOP the U.S. War
    on the Syrian People!


    Join the immediate rejection of the Trump
    Administration’s war escalation and the
    ongoing U.S.-backed war against Syria

    See protests in cities across the country and around the world – Find one near you or organize one. Here are just a few.

    Anchorage, AK April 7 – 6pm – 222 W. 7th Ave.
    Baltimore April 7 – 8pm – Mckeldin Square
    Boston April 7 – 5pm – Boston Common
    Boston April 8 – 1pm – Park & Tremont
    Chicago April 7 – 5pm – Trump Int’l Hotel & Tower
    Cleveland April 7 – 6pm – Cleveland Public Square
    Denver April 7 – 5pm – State Capitol
    Detroit April 7 – 5pm – Campus Martius Park
    Fort Lauderdale, FL April 8 – 4pm – Federal Courthouse
    Houston April 7 – 5pm – Westheimer & Post Oak
    Jacksonville, FL April 7 – 6pm – Hemming Park
    London, England April 7 – 5pm – Downing Street
    Los Angeles April 7 – 5pm – Pershing Square
    Minneapolis April 8 – 3pm – Hiawatha & Lake Sts.
    Minneapolis April 11 – 4:30pm – 1200 Washington Ave. So.
    Newark, NJ April 7 – 5pm – MLK Monument
    New Haven, CT April 8 – 4pm – Church & Chapel Sts.
    New Orleans April 11 – 5pm – Canal & N. Rampart
    New York City April 7 – 6:30 pm – Union Square
    Ottawa, ON April 8 – 1:30pm – U.S. Embassy
    Philadelphia April 7 – 4:30 to 6:30 pm – City Hall
    Richmond, VA April 7 – 5pm – 700 W. Broad St.
    Salt Lake City April 9 – 4:00 to 6:00 – Federal Bldg.
    San Francisco / Bay Area April 7 – 5pm – Powell & Market
    Tucson, AZ April 7 – 4pm – Federal Building
    Vancouver, BC – April 7 – 4pm to 7pm – U.S. Consulate
    Vancouver, BC – April 8 – 3:30 pm – Vancouver Art Gallery

    Washington DC – April 7 – 12 noon – Pentagon Metro Station

    Protesters will reject this latest attack on a poor country coming on the heels of hundreds of civilian deaths at the hands of U.S. airstrikes in Mosul, Yemen and Syria itself. The hypocrisy of Washington — whose military possesses the world’s largest stockpile of chemical, nuclear, biological and conventional weapons — launching more more airstrikes to stop the use of chemical weapons is staggering, and shows the true intent: regime change.

    U.S. wars are always built on lies and claims that they are fought for humanitarian reasons. Whether it was the Gulf of Tonkin resolution in 1966 which launched the U.S. into the quagmire of Viet Nam; the 1990 incubator baby lie which launched a 42-day aerial assault of Iraq, killing tens of thousands; or 2003’s infamous weapons of mass destruction — the end result is always death and destruction, waged for Wall Street profits.

    The Syrian Arab Army was winning the war against ISIS and the U.S.-backed “rebels” and had no strategic, political or military reason to stage a deadly chemical attack. The August 2013 chemical attack in Syria’s Ghouta — referred to now as if it was another example of the Syrian government’s brutality — was shown not to have come from the Assad government, according to UN investigators as well as establishment journalists like Seymour Hersh.

    Neither Democratic or Republican party can be relied on to stand up to the U.S. Military-Industrial War Machine. It’s the people — outraged with Trump’s racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim bigotry, base misogyny, and attacks on LGBTQ youth — who are capable of opposing this war, as Trump embraces the war strategies of the Pentagon and Big Oil.

    The people will be in the streets — to reject Washington’s latest war and demand that the trillions spent for war abroad be used instead for people’s needs like jobs, housing, healthcare, reproductive rights and daycare.

    U.S. Out of the Middle East!


  4. The petition to congressional leaders reads:
    “Rein in Donald Trump’s illegal military strikes without congressional authorization now. Hold immediate and emergency deliberations on Trump’s illegal escalation of military engagement in Syria.”

    Donald Trump has launched an illegal war in Syria.

    Last night, he launched Tomahawk missiles into Syria without seeking any congressional approval. Since taking office, Trump has made a series of rash, hawkish and barbaric combat decisions that have already cost the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians and American military personnel. But this is worse than anything we have seen so far.

    We need Congress to act quickly and decisively to rein Trump in. Trump has launched illegal military strikes. Now is not the time for congressional leaders to head out of Washington for spring recess. They must assert their constitutional authority and hold immediate and emergency deliberations on Trump’s continued reckless and unauthorized military actions in Syria.

    Tell congressional leaders: Rein in Donald Trump’s unauthorized military strikes and hold immediate emergency deliberations on Trump’s illegal escalation of military engagement in Syria. Click here to sign the petition.

    It is undeniable that Assad’s regime is responsible for triggering a catastrophic humanitarian crisis – but Trump is acting in his own best interests, not those of the Syrian people. As humanitarians confronting the horror of the Syrian civil war, we must consider how we can best protect civilians and end the violence. Rash, illegal acts of war are not the way.

    The backwards step of instigating illegal strikes in Syria is horrifying on multiple levels. The current Authorization for Use of Military Force that Congress passed post-9/11 does not authorize this strike.1 This latest attack also violates international law. The Charter of the United Nations is crystal clear on when it is legal to go to war: in the case of self defense or when it is approved by the U.N. Security Council.2 Trump not only met neither of these conditions, he also did not give Congress a chance to debate and vote on this illegal escalation.

    Donald Trump has never articulated a vision or endgame for our involvement in Syria. Throughout his racist and misogynistic campaign, he tried to present himself as an anti-war candidate. But since his election, he has failed to invest in staff or strategies that will lead to anything other than American and civilian bloodshed.

    Escalating our military entanglement in Middle Eastern countries – with the inevitable escalation of civilian casualties that comes with it – has been shown to actually help terrorists with recruitment. Trump’s reckless action is nothing more than a publicity stunt and an attempt to boost his plunging poll numbers and change the narrative for a dysfunctional administration that appears to be in complete disarray. It is a reckless abuse of power that shows a complete disregard for both the law and human life, and Congress must hold him accountable.

    Congressional leaders must assert their constitutional authority to rein in a rash, out of control so-called president putting the lives of American military personnel and innocent civilians at risk, and they must do it now.

    Now is the time for Congress to check and balance Trump.

    Tell congressional leaders: Rein in Donald Trump’s unauthorized military strikes and hold immediate emergency deliberations on Trump’s illegal escalation of military engagement in Syria. Click the link below to sign the petition:

    Thank you for standing for peace,

    Tessa Levine, Campaign Manager
    CREDO Action from Working Assets


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