9) AIRSTRIKES ON SYRIA - ILLEGAL AND IMMORAL
By Ed Lehman, President of the Regina Peace Council, April 16, 2018
The Regina Peace Council strongly condemns the illegal and murderous airstrikes on Syria by the United States, France, and the United Kingdom on 13 April. We also condemn the support these airstrikes have received from Prime Minister Trudeau, NATO chief Jan Stoltenberg, European Council President Donald Tusk, and other Western leaders. These strikes were rationalized by the claim that the Assad government had used chemical weapons against their own people. These strikes occurred one day before the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was to visit Douma, Syria to examine the site where the US and its allies claim chemical weapons were used against Syrians. On 12 April US Secretary of Defence James Mattis stated that there is no evidence of a chemical weapons attack in Douma. Yet President Trump launched airstrikes with the support of British PM May and French President Macron who did not seek the support of their governments or parliaments.
These strikes are a reminder of last year’s attacks on Syria which were also based on falsified information and the stories of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ which were used to justify the attack on Iraq. The US/UK/French attacks have nothing to do with protection of the Syrian people, and everything to do with the drive for profits and the overthrow of governments not willing to do the US bidding. The attack on Syria is integral to a wider geopolitical agenda.
These air strikes came now because of US unwillingness to accept the defeat of ISIS, the al-Nusra Front, the Army of Islam, and other extremists opposed to the Syrian Assad government. If the US and their allies cared about the people of Syria they would have supported the transition to peace in Syria and supported a diplomatic solution to the conflict rather than risk sparking a major regional war which could lead to a nuclear conflagration engulfing the whole world.
The airstrikes are illegal under international law, under US and UK law, and under the UN Charter.
We urge all Members of Parliament and the Senate to act for peace. Canada should not be complicit in war crimes and must speak out against US aggression that could “totally destroy” Syria and the Middle East.
The US, UK, and France should stop their war of aggression and withdraw from Syria so that negotiations leading to peace can occur.
(The above article is from the May 1-15, 2018, issue of People's Voice, Canada's leading socialist newspaper. Articles can be reprinted free if the source is credited. Subscription rates in Canada: $30/year, or $15 low income rate; for U.S. readers - $45 US per year; other overseas readers - $45 US or $50 CDN per year. Send to People's Voice, c/o PV Business Manager, 706 Clark Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5L 3J1.)