Tag: Syrian war

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Journalists, Democrats Rally Round the Flag of War (and a Flagging President)

American journalists may be the “enemies of the American people,” according to President Trump, but that didn’t stop a whole lot of them from supporting Trump’s order launching 59 Tomahawk missiles at one air base in Syria. The U.S. missile attack was said to be in retaliation for the Syrian army’s use of chemical weapons. Perhaps American journalists are happy to find an enemy … Read More Journalists, Democrats Rally Round the Flag of War (and a Flagging President)

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A Statement Against the U.S. Missile Strikes & Escalating War in Syria

By John Frederick Kaufman On the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I (the war that failed, as all the others have, to “end all wars”), President Donald Trump reportedly ordered the firing of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase known as Al Shayrat. It is the view of The Pacific blog that this action is detrimental to the cause of achieving … Read More A Statement Against the U.S. Missile Strikes & Escalating War in Syria

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Phyllis Bennis: “Trump, Syria, and Chemical Weapons: What We Know, What We Don’t, and the Dangers Ahead”

  (Post from Common Dreams website) . . . “In the meantime we know another truth: that a US military escalation against Syria (because we must not forget that US Special Forces and US bombers are already fighting there) will not help the victims of this heinous chemical attack, it will not bring the devastating war in Syria to a quicker end, it will … Read More Phyllis Bennis: “Trump, Syria, and Chemical Weapons: What We Know, What We Don’t, and the Dangers Ahead”

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Syria: War Still Not the Answer

The ongoing war in Syria is a vast catastrophe; what began as a peaceable resistance movement against the Assad regime, one among many in the “Arab Spring” of 2011,  has devolved into a brutal war in which at least 300,000 have been killed and as many as 96,000 Syrian civilians have died, including more than 17,000 children. It is crucial to remember that the U.S.-led Coalition bombing … Read More Syria: War Still Not the Answer

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Sec. of State Kerry and others wrongly urging no-fly zone in Syria

Though Secretary of State John Kerry is, according to the NY Times, pushing for a “no-fly zone” in Syria to protect Syrian civilians from the various groups and nations now fighting each other in that desperate country, the Pentagon, of all things, is urging caution. As the NY Times describes it: “But the Pentagon presentation laid out how many aircraft and personnel would be … Read More Sec. of State Kerry and others wrongly urging no-fly zone in Syria

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More than 4,000 people killed in Syria in September

As Russia steps up the bombing and slaughter in Syria, now including firing cruise missiles from a thousand miles away,  the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has calculated that 4,219 people were killed in Syria in September 2015. SOHR states that 1201 of those killed in September were civilians, including women and children.  The U.S. – led coalition is said to be responsible for … Read More More than 4,000 people killed in Syria in September

More perpetual war: Afghanistan again

Speaking of perpetual war, the NY Times is reporting that the U.S. war in Afghanistan, which, despite a major withdrawal of troops, was never entirely over, has erupted again as the U.S. launched airstrikes and deployed Special Forces troops after the Taliban captured the city of Kunduz. Though the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan was, after much slaughter and suffering of combatants and civilians, able to dethrone … Read More More perpetual war: Afghanistan again