Letter Supporting the Syrian People

An open letter was recently initiated by some pro-western Syrian expats entitled, “Erasing people through disinformation: Syria and the ‘anti-imperialism’ of fools.” Their letter was signed by a number of people in the US and around the world including “progressives.” The letter supports the goal of the US and its allies of regime change in Syria. The authors attack those who have consistently supported an end to intervention in Syria by the US, NATO, Israel, and other repressive states in the Middle East.  The war on Syria has tragically been a divisive issue for the peace movement. The following statement, in response, was initiated by the Administrative Committee of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). To date it has been signed by 1,300 individuals and peace and solidarity organizations from 50 countries.  You can add your name below.

Letter Condemning US Attacks on Syria and in the Middle East

As the Biden Administration took office in the U.S., one of their first actions was to increase US troop levels in the north eastern region of Syria currently occupied by the United States and its proxies. Shortly thereafter, the United States bombed a Syrian town on the eastern border killing as many as 30 Syrians, purportedly to target hostile “Iraqi militiamen” or to “send a message” to Iran.  US proxies are selling Syrian grain in Turkey and a Hayt al Tahrir, a terrorist organization, now operates a refinery in the Syrian territory occupied by US troops and proxies.

Last year, congress passed the Caesar Sanctions as an amendment to the massive Defense Appropriations Bill. These sanctions cause the Syrian people to go without the basic necessities such as food, energy and medicine. They have destroyed the Syrian currency and are literally causing starvation.  At this time, it is impossible, even for the United Nations, to bring aid into Syria.

Moreover, these sanctions block reconstruction and the return of hundreds of thousands of refugees from impoverished camps in surrounding states. Syrians can’t return if there is no potable water, food or housing for their families. Meanwhile, the only Syrians who can receive international aid are those in U.S. occupied territories and those in areas controlled by the US ally, Al Nusra/Al Qaeda.

There has been a recent swell of anti-Syria propaganda , supported by prominent activists on the “left.”  This has included attacks on the majority of the US antiwar movement, which has focused on opposing US and outside aggression against Syria, and which supports the right of Syria to defend its national sovereignty against this outside aggression.   The clear fact is that the US government, along with its allies in NATO, Israel and other reactionary Middle Eastern states, is the primary cause of the current devastation of the Syrian people. The US and its allies have facilitated the entry into Syria of tens of thousands of foreign fighters to support their regime change agenda.

As with the lies about Weapons of Mass destruction that led to the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, the U.S. and its allies have put forth accusations about Syria using chemical weapons and terror against its own people, which have now been totally discredited and disproven.

Therefore:

  • We condemn the illegal occupation of Syrian territory by US forces and their proxies, and their illegal and unprovoked military attacks on Syrian soil and Syrian people.
  • We condemn the ongoing theft of Syrian oil and Syrian grain by US proxies, resources desperately needed by the Syrian people.
  • We condemn the so-called Caesar Sanctions as illegal, immoral unilateral coercive measures.
  • We condemn the U.S. war on the Syrian Republic and the callous violation of Syrian Sovereignty.
  • We demand the withdrawal of ALL U.S. troops and U.S. funding of foreign mercenary forces, U.S. funding of armed internal opposition forces from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and a lifting of the U.S. Naval blockade of Yemen.
  • We demand an end to illegal U.S. Sanctions on Syria

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1,358 signatures

 

Organizational Signatories:   United National Antiwar Coalition, Syria Solidarity Movement, Hands Off Syria Coalition, Hands off Syria Coalition – Australia, Black Alliance for Peace, U.S. Peace Council, International Action Center, Arab Americans for Syria, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Popular Resistance, Hamilton Coalition to Stop the Wars, Alliance for Global Justice, Youth Against Empire, Veterans For Peace, BAYAN USA, Socialist Action, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, Committee for International Solidarity and Peace (COSI) Venezuela, Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign/Poor People’s Army, Coop-Anti-War-Café Berlin, Ban Killer Drones, Ann Wright, Cindy Sheehan, Alfred Marder, Omowale, Clay, Mathew Hoh, Brian S. Wilson and many more organizations and individuals

 

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