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Act Now to Oppose Deeper U.S. Involvement in the Syrian Conflict

Mid-Missouri Peaceworks is deeply troubled by the ongoing violent struggle in Syria. Its impact is tragic, affecting millions of Syrians, and the conflict holds the potential for escalating into a wider war, which would significantly compound the tragedy.

Our friends at U.S. Labor Against the War have recently released a statement that we find very useful, so we are sharing it. Below is the bullet-point version. You can CLICK HERE to read the full text. 

We should note that our support for "humanitarian assistance through established internationally recognized neutral institutions and organizations" should not be read as an endorsement of so-called "humanitarian intervention" by the U.S. military, or of any sort of support for armed conflict. In fact, our intent is exactly the opposite.

We encourage you to contact your elected officials to share your concerns on the situation in Syria. You can find contact info if you CLICK HERE.

The Crisis in Syria:
Statement by the Steering Committee of
U.S. Labor Against the War
July 5, 2013
  • We oppose any U.S.  military intervention, direct or indirect, in the Syrian conflict
  • The U.S. should focus on providing more humanitarian assistance through established internationally recognized neutral institutions and organizations
  • There is no military solution to the crisis in Syria
  • Initial steps to arm rebels will surely create pressure for further escalation, leading the U.S. into another quagmire
  • We call on our government to reverse its decision to provide arms and other military support to the Syrian rebels
  • The Syrian crisis is for the Syrian people to resolve by political negotiations
  • There must be an immediate full arms embargo applied to all countries
  • We support initiatives in Congress to prevent the U.S. from becoming embroiled in another armed conflict in the Middle East
  • We call for using funds now spent on the military to address poverty, unemployment, inequality and numerous other social ills here at home and abroad
  • By addressing these problems we will also increase our national security and reduce the need to resort to arms.