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Friday, September 6, 2013

World won’t stand by and let U.S. plunge Middle East into wider war: STWC

From Stop the War Coalition (UK) National Officer Chris Nineham’s 
We won't stand by …”
Editing by Carolyn Bennett
Western powers’ massive aerial onslaught on Syria will drastically worsen the already dire situation that was aided, armed and abetted by foreign states. The rush to war must be stopped.

Unspeakable cruelty and consequence

The desperate refugee crisis shows how the country is riven (torn apart) by a civil war already stoked by outside intervention. The joint UN/Arab League representative to the country, Moqtar Lomani, said this past Monday that Syria was in danger of tearing itself apart along sectarian lines.
Threats of western intervention have already accelerated this process. Reports show that the number of people fleeing Damascus for Lebanon has risen by a factor of six since [U.S. President Barack] Obama last week made the decision to push for an attack.

How can a massive aerial onslaught by Western powers on Syria do anything but drastically worsen this situation?
The cruise missiles being primed for launch on U.S. ships and submarines are themselves deadly weapons.
An assault on a scale designed to ‘degrade’ [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad’s military will kill large numbers of innocents.

It can only further wrench apart the fault lines in Syria and across the region. There will be immediate retaliation from the regime, possibly from regional supporters; maybe from Russia.

Antiwar Movement NOW

Anti-war protests past and present helped create the conditions in which Members of the British Parliament felt they had to take a stand against [UK Prime Minister David] Cameron and [British Foreign Secretary William] Hague’s kneejerk warmongering. That vote in turn influenced the U.S. president to take his plans to the Congress.

Protests must now increase in intensity to send a message to Washington ─ that the world will not stand by and let the United States plunge the Middle East into a wider war.

Sources and notes

“We won't stand by. Obama’s war can be stopped” by Chris Nineham, Stop the War Coalition UK, September 3, 2013. http://stopwar.org.uk/news/we-won-t-stand-by-obama-s-war-can-be-stopped

CHRIS NINEHAM is one of the founding members, now one of the National Officers of the STOP THE WAR COALITION in the United Kingdom. He was one of the main organizers of the February 15, 2003 anti-war protest against the invasion on Iraq.; and he has written widely on the anti-war movement and the anti-capitalist movement as well as on the media, modernism and cultural theory.

Nineham was a leading member of Globalize Resistance, the anti-globalization network that mobilized thousands of protests in Genoa, Italy (2001) and elsewhere and he played an important role in the European and World Social Forums.

STOP THE WAR was founded in September 2001, in the weeks following the events of September 11, 2001, when U.S. President George W. Bush announced the ‘war on terror’.

Stop the War Coalition (UK) has since been dedicated to ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, bringing the troops home and forcing the British government to change its disastrous foreign policies. STWC has initiated many campaigns around these issues and are also committed to opposing sanctions and military attacks on Iran, supporting Palestinian rights, opposing racism and defending civil liberties. http://stopwar.org.uk/about 


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