After pressure from Congress and a skeptical public, President Obama announced that he would ask for congressional authorization before launching an attack on Syria in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons. It’s now up to Congress to weigh the many humanitarian and practical arguments against such an attack and to rise to the moral challenge of the moment.
According to polls, a plurality of Americans oppose striking Syria even if there is definitive evidence that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. Now it is time for democracy to work. Contact your senators and representatives and demand they vote “no” to war with Syria.
This new Nation editorial outlines both the practical and humanitarian reasons to oppose US airstrikes in response to the horrific chemical weapons attack.
During yesterday’s Senate hearing, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted the administration has irrefutable evidence proving the Assad regime was responsible for the deadly chemical attack in late August. But questions remain over key parts of the administration’s case for military action, as this Democracy Now! conversation makes clear.