Saturday, August 31, 2013

Syria: Amazing Moment, Opportunity - and Danger!

The headline reads: 

Obama seeking congressional OK for Syria action


This is actually pretty amazing, and a great gift - not a change of heart, but rather an opening created by the pressure of worldwide opposition to an open US attack on Syria!  I can't recall any other instance where popular revulsion has actually forced a delay to a war!

That gives us a week to organize a huge "No!" that Congress can't ignore! 

Obama, who had committed to an attack on Syria this weekend, was seriously in a corner, With Congress demanding a voice, the UN backing away, the British Parliament voting to reject military action, France's Holande promising to put the issue to the Chamber of Deputies, Even the Arab League is jumping ship.  All this was driven by widespread opposition to war among the US public, and by a global wave of popular revulsion at what is widely seen as a war of terror against the Syrian people and nation. 

Obama's job was to deliver the American public for this war, or at least to legitimize it.  It looks as though his inner circle has given him more time to pull it off.  Since Congress has never failed to support starting a war, no matter how unnecessary, Obama and his handlers may feel safe with waiting a week for their war.  But that gives us a week to organize a huge resounding NO from the people, and translate it into a NO Vote in Congress!  

This is not a left/right or Red/Blue issue. Opposition to this war cuts across all party and ideology lines.  So reach out to everyone!

And let's let our Rep. Jim McGovern, who's stepped way out front on this, that we've got his back! 


One warning on that however: By conceding Syrian government guilt in the gas attack - without good evidence and against all logic, the anti-war Democrats in Congressare leaving the door open for something even more terrible to happen.  

If the gas attack was done (as seems likely) by some party that wants the US to attack Syria, and if Congress now fails to authorize that attack, the perps will know that if they can set off Sarin bombs in New York or Paris, the Obama Administration will blame Syria and launch the war without further ado, and Congress, having already conceded Assad's guilt, will be unable to resist.

Our Representatives and Senators need to stand on the ground that 
a) there is no good proof that the Assad government is guilty of the gassing; and 
b) even if it's proven, bombing Syria is still a terrible idea.  

Claim "a" could put them in the position of calling Obama a "non-truth teller", and he is sadly the leader of their (and my) Party.  But saving our country from what could quickly turn into a terrible disaster may require nothing less!
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