On Thursday April 6, the United States launched scores of Tomahawk cruise missiles into the Shayrat air base in Syria. In the process the “precision” missiles that missed the base killed 9 civilians in nearby villages. This unprovoked attack is a dramatic and dangerous escalation of the war in Syria and an assault on the sovereignty of the Syrian people.
Donald Trump has justified the order by claiming “vital reasons of national security”. After the attack he made a call to all “civilized Western Nations” to join the U.S. to “end the killing and bloodshed in Syria”. This coming from the same president that just last week was bombarding Mosul killing hundreds of civilians in a single attack and who on March 21 bombed a school in the Syrian village of al Mansoura killing 33 men, women and children who were seeking shelter there.
It should also be remembered that for the last 6 years Syria has been under attack by scores of terrorist groups that are supported and financed by the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and various Western nations, with the objective of regime change and taking away Syria’s independence and splitting it into pieces.
The attack yesterday comes just two days after the Syrian Government categorically rejected the use of chemical weapons in Idleb. The lack of proof and the imperial manipulation of those facts by the Trump administration and the demonization of the Syrian Government through the corporate media is an attempt to gain consent of public opinion to escalate military intervention under the false notion they are doing it out of humanitarian concerns for the Syrian people. If the U.S. was so concerned about the people of the Middle East it would end their support for the systematic occupation of Palestine and call for the freedom of the detained and tortured Palestinian children that are filling Israeli jails.
This is the same script they used in Iraq and Libya, where chemical weapons or weapons of mass destruction were never found. The history of U.S. interventions is littered with false pretexts in order to control and seize the resources of countries not aligned with their interests.
These are the same imperial hegemonic interests that are now targeting Bolivarian Venezuela to overthrow President Maduro and that continue the genocidal blockade against Cuba. In the case of Venezuela they are using the Organization of American States (OAS), led by Luis Almagro, as a battering ram to overthrow a popular, democratically elected government. The methods may be different than in Syria but the desired results are the same.
Once again we call for solidarity with the people of Syria and all oppressed people.
No to intervention! No to Imperialist War
International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, Argentinean Human Right League and Carioca Committee in Solidarity with Cuba.
April 7, 2017
Initial list of endorsers:
Adolfo Perez Esquivel, 1980 Nobel Peace Prize (Argentina)
Atilio Boron, Sociologist (Argentina)
Stella Calloni, Journalist and Writer (Argentina)
Fernando Morais, Journalist and Writer (Brazil)
Rick Sterling, Investigative Journalist (U.S.)
Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Member of the Cuban 5, Vice-dean of the Institute of International Relations (Cuba)
Carlos Aznárez, journalist and editor of Resumen Latinoamericano (Argentina)
Hernando Calvo Ospina, Filmmaker and writer, (Colombia)
Luciano Vasapollo, professor, Network of Intellectuals in Defense of Humanity (Italy)
Dr. Denis Rancourt, Former professor, University of Ottawa (Canada)
Rael Nidess, M.D., Marshall, TX (U.S.)
Rita Martufi, writter, (Italy)
Arnold August, journalist and author (Canada)
Keith Bolender, author and lecturer (Canada)
Amir M. Maasoumi, Sociologist, Peace ambassador (Canada).
Graciela Rosenblum, Argentine League for Human Rights (Argentina)
Héctor Bernardo, journalist and writer (Argentina)
Elma Beatriz Rosado, Fundación Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Dr Makram Khoury-Machool, Academic, Cambridge, UK
Canadian Peace Congress (Canada)
Frei Betto, writter (Brazil)
Katu Arkonada, País Vasco-Bolivia, Red de Intelectuales en Defensa de la Humanidad
Padre Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, Presidente Asamblea General de la ONU, 2008-2009