Trump attacks Syria, news update


'Make no mistake, this was an illegal act of war, launched in violation of the U.S. Constitution and international law. Congress should immediately cancel its planned recess and debate and vote before any further military engagement by Donald Trump in Syria.' (Photo: Alisdare Hickson/flickr/cc)

By Nadia Prupis in the USA:

Friday, April 07, 2017

“Illegal Act of War”: Trump’s Unilateral Attack on Syria Condemned

‘So now will Trump lift his callous ban on Syrian refugees fleeing this slaughter? Or does he offer only force, not compassion?’

Peace groups and activists around the world on Friday condemned President Donald Trump’s missile strikes on Syria, calling the move reckless, illegal, and hypocritical.

In the U.S., a coalition of organizations—including CREDO, MoveOn.org, Peace Action, and Win Without War—warned that Trump’s move was “not leadership” and “will not make our country safer nor end the tragic human suffering in Syria.”

“Make no mistake, this was an illegal act of war, launched in violation of the U.S. Constitution and international law. Congress should immediately cancel its planned recess and debate and vote before any further military engagement by Donald Trump in Syria,” the groups stated.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who cast the sole dissenting vote the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in 2001, tweeted Thursday, “This is an act of war. Congress needs to come back into session [and] hold a debate. Anything less is an abdication of our responsibility.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) likewise tweeted, “Syria chemical attacks were horrendous. Yet our response can’t violate Constitution, which requires Congress’ approval for military force.”

Protests are also planned in the U.S. and Canada.

In the U.K., Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said unilateral strikes could worsen the conflict in the region and called for renewed peace talks.

“Unilateral military action without legal authorization or independent verification risks intensifying a multi-sided conflict that has already killed hundreds of thousands of people,” he said Friday.

The U.K.-based group Stop the War Coalition, which Corbyn used to chair, called for an emergency protest Friday evening, calling the airstrikes “xenophobic and reactionary.”

“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,” the group said, additionally slamming Prime Minister Theresa May for her support of the strikes.

“​It is shameful that​ Theresa May​ has rushed to support this act by the most xenophobic and reactionary U.S. president in history,” the coalition said.

The group’s protest is scheduled to take place from 5-7pm local time at 10 Downing Street.

Left Unity, a member of the European Left, stated Friday, “Actions such as these will not contribute to a political settlement or bring an end to the conflict in Syria and the tragic events taking place there. It can only make the situation worse. We call on the U.S. to cease attacks on Syria and to engage in international dialogue with the neighboring states and the international community.”

Many also contrasted Trump’s numerous attempts to ban Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. with his claim that he felt compelled to act after learning that Syrian children were killed in chemical attacks earlier this week.

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), tweeted, “So now will Trump lift his callous ban on Syrian refugees fleeing this slaughter? Or does he offer only force, not compassion?”

Friday, April 07, 2017: Without Proof or Cause or Consent, ‘Impetuous’ Trump Bombs Syria: ‘The impetuousness of this bombing campaign – its impulsiveness – is stunning even by US war-loving standards’ by Jon Queally: here.

The US attack on Syria: A prelude to wider war: here.

US threatens more strikes after cruise missiles hit Syria: here.

The criminal US attack on Syria with a barrage of cruise missiles cast a menacing shadow over talks underway at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago luxury resort in Florida with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The strikes, which took place as the two men were dining on Thursday evening, sent a message to Xi that the US was prepared to use military force without warning to achieve its ends: here.

10 Republicans Who Have Done a Complete 180 on Syria Now That Obama’s Not President. The GOP changes their tune when one of their own is in the White House: here.

Disgust as Corporate Media and DC Politicians Gush Over Trump’s New War. ‘According to DC pundits, Trump was a dangerous maniac…until he started bombing?’ by Nika Knight: here.

Adam Curtis: Donald Trump Has Become a Deep State Puppet. The legendary documentarian shares his thoughts on the Syrian airstrike and Trump’s presidency: here.

Observers Warn That Syria Attack is Trump’s “Wag the Dog” Moment. Reports that Russia was warned about strike fuel accusations that military action was taken to distract from mounting domestic problems, by Lauren McCauley: here.

Sanders Warns Trump Against Dragging US Into Another Endless ‘Quagmire’. “If there’s anything we should’ve learned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan…it’s that it’s easier to get into a war than get out of one”. by Lauren McCauley: here.

America Has Become a War Machine—and It Has Destroyed Our Ability to Function as a Democracy. “Violence abroad breeds violence at home. By Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch. April 7, 2017: here.

Why Is Media Citing Man Accused of Kidnapping Journalists as Credible Source on Syrian Chemical Attack? With military intervention on the horizon, media outlets cite Shajul Islam, a doctor accused of working with extremists in Syria: here.

In the aftermath of the alleged gas attack in the Syrian province of Idlib, German politicians and media outlets have switched to war mode. Although the circumstances remain entirely unclear and everything points to an imperialist provocation, the German government and other European powers are advocating the overthrow of the Assad regime and a confrontation with Russia: here.

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