Military Strikes not the Answer in Syria

Please see the following letter FCNL and 24 other organizations wrote to President Obama to express grave concerns with the Administration’s reported plans to intervene militarily in Syria. We concur with this statement.

25 NGO’s: Military Strikes Not the Answer the Answer in Syria

August 28, 2013

Dear President Obama,

We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to express our grave concerns with your reported plans to intervene militarily in Syria. While we unequivocally condemn any use of chemical weapons along with continued indiscriminate killing of civilians and other violations of international humanitarian law, military strikes are not the answer. Rather than bringing an end to the violence that has already cost more than 100,000 lives, they threaten to widen the vicious civil war in Syria and undermine prospects to de-escalate the conflict and eventually reach a negotiated settlement.

In the course of more than 2 years of war, much of Syria has been destroyed and nearly 2 million people – half of them children – have been forced to flee to neighboring countries. We thank you for the generous humanitarian assistance the US has provided to support the nearly 1 in 3 Syrians – 8 million people – in need of aid. But such assistance is not enough.

As the U.S. government itself has recognized, there is no solution to the crisis other than a political one. Instead of pursuing military strikes and arming parties to the conflict, we urge your administration to intensify diplomatic efforts to stop the bloodshed, before Syria is destroyed and the region further destabilized.

Sincerely,

Friends Committee on National Legislation
American Friends Service Committee
Code Pink
CREDO Action
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Peace Action
Peace Education Fund
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Find complete list of signatories here.

For the statement from the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War:
http://www.psr.org/resources/ippnw-statement-on-syria.pdf

Cogent analysis from Hans Blix:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/28/chemical-weapons-west-global-policeman

For Richard Falk’s analysis:  http://richardfalk.wordpress.com/

For statement from Phyllis Bennis: therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10632

For information on efforts toward a peace conference:  http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/29/diplomacy-with-iran-key-to-ending-syria-war/

Alternatives to Military Strikes:                                                        http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/18642-syria-six-alternatives-to-military-strikes

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