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Friday, September 13, 2013

Not by military force but by robust, sustained diplomatic effort ─ Peace Vets

"Not war weary but war wise"
Veterans For Peace
Veterans for Peace responds to Obama government’s cavalier and irrational call to war
Excerpting, editing by Carolyn Bennett

“The true WMD (weapons of mass destruction) in the case of the Iraq War was U.S. propaganda,” Veterans for Peace National Board writes this week.

“The world cannot afford another unnecessary war of choice at the hands of the U.S. government—whether approved by Congress or not.
Veterans For Peace
“We reject the idea that the United States or the West should be the standard-bearer of morality in the world.

“The truer motivations for wars such as these—profit, access and control of resources such as oil, and the extension of U.S. power —are not more important than the sanctity of human life.”

Background note from its official website: Veterans for Peace “is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices.” Veterans for Peace informs the public of “the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars.”

Its network “is comprised of more than 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war; and most significantly, working to end all wars.”

Having served country, it serves the cause of world peace, working with others, its purposes are ─  

Veterans For Peace
To increase public awareness of the costs of war

To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations

To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons

To seek justice for veterans and victims of war

To abolish war as an instrument of national policy

To achieve these goals, members of Veterans for Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.

he national board’s September 12, 2013, article “Veterans’ Group Responds to President Obama’s Call to War” continues by affirming that this group “supports neither the use of chemical weapons—regardless of who deploys them—nor military intervention in a raging civil war—by the U.S. or anyone else.

Put simply,, the article says, “the civil war raging in Syria will not end through more military force, but a robust and sustained diplomatic effort. As veterans representing every war since WWII

We are not war weary, but rather war wise.

We know the cost of war from direct personal experience.

We know that, whether a so-called ‘pinprick’ or robust but limited strike, military intervention will only exacerbate the conflict, not solve it.

Anti-U.S. President Obama
The conflict in Syria suffers a problem of too much war and not enough diplomacy, the former of which the United States should in no way contribute.

War is not, today ─ nor will it ever be ─ the way to solve the conflict in Syria.

“Veterans for Peace continues to strongly oppose U.S. military intervention, whether direct or indirect, in the civil war that is currently raging in Syria. 

Anti- USA

“President Obama’s September 10th address to the nation failed to provide a compelling argument for intervention and left many basic questions unanswered and set justification for intervention squarely on logical leaps and counterfactual fallacies.

“It is a logical fallacy to say, as the President did, that U.S. military inaction will embolden other dictators into ‘acquiring poison gas[es], and using them.’

Syrians' pro- President Assad
“It is a leap to say that U.S. military inaction will create conditions for ‘al Qaeda [to] only draw strength in a more chaotic’ Syria.

“We reject the President’s assertion that it is in the national security interest of the United States to intervene in Syria, and we reject the implication that military might is by default an effective response to atrocities abroad.”

Sources and notes

“Veterans’ Group Responds to President Obama’s Call to War” by Veterans for Peace National Board, September 12, 2013, http://www.veteransforpeace.org/pressroom/news/2013/09/12/veterans-group-responds-president-obamas-call-war

Veterans for Peace mission, http://www.veteransforpeace.org/who-we-are/our-mission/


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