President Obama has just announced that he is going to Congress as soon as it reconvenes with his plan to attack Syria. This will take a few days, time for the Russians to talk sense to Assad.
And, time for US to ask our senators and representative in Congress not to authorize an act of war, to press for a diplomatic solution, and to pursue whoever is responsible for the the mass murder of civilians (by gas or other means) and bring them to justice, using precision, police action if necessary.
In Idaho, you can email them at the following links:
Sen. Mike Crapo: http://www.crapo.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
Sen. Jim Risch: http://www.risch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Email
Rep. Mike Simpson: http://simpson.house.gov/contact/
Congressman Labrador’s email isn’t working for me.
What can we do to halt our government’s hurling us deeper into the Middle East quagmire—a tar pit of ancient blood spilled in unfathomable rivalries? The Brits, who were largely responsible for throwing rival tribes together into make-believe nations as their own empire was vanishing, have the good sense to stay out of this particularly nasty dust-up. A US military attack on Syria is folly.
Dust storm in the Middle East (Wikipedia photo)
I listened to both the Secretary of State and the President lay out their case, and found it wanting. Kerry’s evidence was circumstantial; I doubt it would stand up in any court—in spite of his repeated assertions that “we know.”
I’ve sent a couple emails to the White House today and signed a couple petitions urging no acts of war against Syria. The government should make its case before Congress and the court of world opinion, finger the perpetrators, bring them to justice with precise, police action. If the president must exercise his machismo, challenge Assad to hand-to-hand combat, a duel, whatever. Just don’t drag the rest of us into another senseless war in a country we don’t understand.
White House comment line: 202-456-1111 or to send an email: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
A couple petitions:
To the president: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/president-obama-dont-18?source=s.fwd&r_by=2901102
To Congress: http://www.democrats.com/no-syria-war