The civil war in Syria continues and US warships remain just off the coast. No, “peace” has not broken out. As Dennis Loo writes, “It is dangerous to claim victories that you have not won. To paraphrase Mark Twain: the reports by some in the anti-war movement of a victory are exaggerated. Let’s be clear: there is still a bloody civil war raging in Syria which has taken close to 120,000 lives. We have not, in other words, ‘prevented a war.'” Read more here.
Larry Everest writes that this has not really been about chemical weapons but about global aims of the US in the region in “Syria: Diplomacy… and the Ongoing Danger of a US Attack.”
We have seen during the run up to the first Gulf War, for instance, that negotiations can be the prelude to military attacks, which are then justified by saying, “See, we tried!” Obama declared in his most recent speech that the US military maintains its positions threatening Syria. Now is not the time to relax and congratulate ourselves, let alone put our trust in diplomacy among powers with their own interests.
World Can’t Wait Chicago is working with other anti-war groups and individuals in the Chicago area to organize an emergency protest if the US does attack Syria. We will meet at the Federal Plaza (Adams & Dearborn, Chicago) to say NO! No US Attack on Syria! Such an attack will bring only more misery to the people there and, far from launching it to stop the illegal use of chemical weapons (which the US itself has used in Iraq, Vietnam and more), such a US attack would be immoral and illegal itself. We will alert you in this newsletter when our joint call is issued.
Afghan Anti-war Leader Malalai Joya is touring the US on the 12th Anniversary of US War on Afghanistan Malalai Joya, 35, first gained international attention in 2003 when she spoke out publicly against the domination of warlords in Afghanistan. She was at that time serving as an elected delegate to the Loya Jirga that was convened to ratify the Constitution of Afghanistan.
In 2007 she spoke out against former warlords and war criminals in the Afghan parliament and was thereupon suspended from the parliament. Since then she has survived six assassination attempts. She travels in Afghanistan with armed guards and has worked tirelessly on behalf of Afghan women. Read more about her and tour dates here.
Save the date: Malalai Joya will be in the Chicago area on October 10/11. You won’t want to miss her! We will share details as soon as they become available.
We Are Not Your Soldiers-
While schools are being closed and school budgets cut, there always seem to be funds for the military recruiters that prey on our young people. In fact, Chicago remains one of the most militarized school districts in the country. World Can’t Wait, through our We Are Not Your Soldiers initiative, brings anti-war veterans to classrooms and youth groups to tell the truth about wars for empire and refute the lies told by military recruiters. Last year we visited schools here and in New York, Connecticut, the SF Bay Area and Washington State. You can read a brief report about those visits here. If you are a teacher or student or lead a youth group, please invite us to speak with your class or group. Or pass this email along to a teacher or student you know. For more information, contact us by email or call us at 866 973 4463
World Can’t Wait Chicago is meeting next Monday, Sept. 30 When: 7 PM Where: Nesh Cafe, 734 W. Fullerton, Chicago We’ll be talking about the situation in Syria and opposing US threats and much more. Bring your ideas and energy!