Thursday, January 26, 2017

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Against Imperial War on Syria

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Against Imperial War on Syria

by Stephen Lendman

If Washington had more Gabbards and less neocons, world peace might break out all over - polar opposite America’s longstanding permanent war agenda, humanity’s scourge.

On Wednesday, she issued a press release, calling for ending Washington’s “regime change war in Syria now.” She spent a week-long fact-finding visit to Damascus, Aleppo and Beirut, learning firsthand what’s been going on, so adversely affecting the lives and welfare of millions of devastated Syrians - victims of US imperial viciousness.

She met with refugees, opposition leaders, Lebanon’s president and prime minister, religious figures, humanitarian workers, students, small business owners and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, among others.

My visit to Syria has made it abundantly clear: Our counterproductive regime change war does not serve America’s interest, and it certainly isn’t in the interest of the Syrian people,” she stressed.

“As I visited with people from across the country, and heard heartbreaking stories of how this war has devastated their lives, I was asked, ‘Why is the United States and its allies helping al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups try to take over Syria? Syria did not attack the United States. Al-Qaeda did.’ I had no answer.”

“I return to Washington, DC with even greater resolve to end our illegal war to overthrow the Syrian government. I call upon Congress and the new Administration to answer the pleas of the Syrian people immediately and support the Stop Arming Terrorists Act.” 

“We must stop directly and indirectly supporting terrorists - directly by providing weapons, training and logistical support to rebel groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and ISIS; and indirectly through Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, and Turkey, who, in turn, support these terrorist groups.” 

“We must end our war to overthrow the Syrian government and focus our attention on defeating al-Qaeda and ISIS.”   

“From Iraq to Libya and now in Syria, the US has waged wars of regime change, each resulting in unimaginable suffering, devastating loss of life, and the strengthening of groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS.”

“The US must stop supporting terrorists who are destroying Syria and her people. The US and other countries fueling this war must stop immediately. We must allow the Syrian people to try to recover from this terrible war.”

In a separate commentary, she explained Syrians “desperately want peace…Their message to the American people was powerful and consistent.”

“There is no difference between (so-called) ‘moderate’ rebels and al-Qaeda (al-Nusra) or ISIS - they are all the same,” they said…They cr(ied) out for the US and other countries to stop supporting those who are destroying Syria and her people.”

I heard this message over and over again from those who have suffered and survived unspeakable horrors,” Gabbard said. 

“They asked that I share their voice with the world; frustrated voices which have not been heard due to the false, one-sided biased reports pushing a narrative that supports this regime change war at the expense of Syrian lives.”

Strong words, virtually unheard in Washington throughout six years of US naked aggression against a nation threatening no one, responsible for mass slaughter, vast destruction and unspeakable human misery - one of history’s great crimes.

Candidate Trump opposed US interventionism, said he wanted to combat terrorism, not topple foreign governments.

It’s put up or shut up time. Is he a man of his word or just another dirty politician - promising one thing, doing another?

Nothing is more important than ending America’s war on humanity - in Syria, elsewhere abroad, and right here at home against the nation’s most vulnerable.

Ending this scourge should be his top priority, along with working cooperatively with all nations, as well as pursuing equity and justice for everyone.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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