CODEPINK Condemns Violence in Syria

PRESS STATEMENT 

For Immediate Release: April 10, 2018

 

CODEPINK Condemns Violence in Syria;

Urges Peace Talks & Ceasefire, Not Military Escalation


Washington, DC - CODEPINK: Women for Peace condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria as a grotesque affront to our common humanity and a violation of the international Chemical Weapons Convention. We also condemn the endless cycle of violence that has continued and escalated over the past seven years.  In 2017 alone, more than 10,000 Syrian civilians were killed. At least half of Syria’s 22 million people have been displaced due to the conflict, creating a global refugee crisis. The war must come to an end!

Over the years, an internal conflict between the Assad regime and rebel groups has morphed into an international conflict that now includes Russia, the United States, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Kurds. Numerous proxy wars are being played out on Syrian soil, with the Syrian people suffering the consequences.

The only way to end this war is to demand that all parties involved enact a ceasefire and come to the negotiating table to discuss a path forward. This is how most wars end, and this is how the Syrian conflict will end. More military action on the part of the US military, as the Trump administration is presently contemplating, will only escalate the crisis. We urge Congress to do everything in its power to prevent the Trump administration from unilaterally launching unauthorized military strikes.

As we continue to push for a ceasefire, the international community must place the protection of the Syrian people at the forefront of its efforts. There must be an immediate airdrop of food and supplies to places under siege; food and medicine convoys must be able to travel unhindered; and more resources must be allocated to the needs of the millions of beleaguered Syrian refugees.

CODEPINK will continue to search for ways to support the impacted refugees, advocate for peace, and urge an immediate ceasefire.

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CODEPINK: Women for Peace is a women initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement that opposes militarism and seeks positive social change through proactive, creative protest and non-violent direct action.

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  • charles bowman
    commented 2018-04-11 18:05:02 -0400
    Our American government failed in Vietnam because that foolish nation building exercise eventuated from reactionary politics and rancid ideology. Ho Chi Minh actually sought our help in forming a representative government for the region, but we after accepting national elections stormed ahead implementing our own puppet government! We bombed Serbia on behalf of breakaway Kosavo only to recently learn than many of our principal Balkan allies in the region participated in the 911 attacks against us! We have bowed before the Saudi government which was complicit in the 911 attacks. We invaded Iraq and now the Iraqis are buying Russian military equipment and conducting joint maneuvers with the Iranians. We never get it right but we never quit getting it wrong again! The mindless nation building effort in Syria will be a smear on our sanity forevermore! We funded Isis before we had to destroy it costing American taxpayers hundreds of billions of $$$$. We are a corrupt corporate war machine producing only destructive war. Like the Iraq War, the Syrian war should never have happened. That war is ended and no matter who won, it was not us and now is the time to move out and not test the patience of the Russians and Chinese to let us live a little longer. The only way to contain this nation’s belligerency is to take it’s toys away by cutting our military budget back to 2000 funding levels ( and this is still much too much.) The bombs we have dropped on others will return to drop on us and tomorrow we will be combing the rabble for food and for shelter which fate we have heaped upon tens of millions of those who survived. For all the terror we deliver to others, we will receive reciprocity. Get ready for a bumpy tomorrow!