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According to multiple media reports, President Obama may be on the verge of deciding whether or not to bomb Syria. We need to speak out today and tell him to say no to military intervention by the U.S. The brutal and bloody Syrian civil war has already

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Beth S (330)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 11:09 am

The petition reads:

"President Obama: With civilians being butchered and refugees suffering immensely, it is horrifying to watch the brutal civil war in Syria unfold. But U.S. military intervention is far more likely to make matters worse, not better. The U.S. should not bomb Syria. The best thing we can do is commit to holding war criminals accountable, expand humanitarian aid for refugees, and maintain constant diplomatic pressure for a negotiated end to the conflict."

Tell President Obama: Don't bomb Syria

According to multiple media reports, President Obama may be on the verge of deciding whether or not to bomb Syria. We need to speak out today and tell him to say no to military intervention by the U.S.

The brutal and bloody Syrian civil war has already left 100,000 people dead and created millions of refugees. And now there is now strong evidence that chemical weapons have been used, killing hundreds of civilians.

But as morally reprehensible as use of chemical weapons is, and as heart wrenching as the ongoing civil war has become, the United States should not start dropping bombs. Unfortunately, there are no good options.

And the justifiable outrage evoked by the use of chemical weapons does not make attacking Syria -- where parts of the rebel resistance are allied with Al Qaeda and the authoritarian response by President Assad is aided by Hezbollah -- either just or strategic.

As humanitarians confronting the horror of the Syrian civil war, we must consider how we can best protect civilians, end the violence, and uphold the international prohibition on using chemical weapons. But we shouldn’t make matters worse on the ground just to answer war crimes with a limited and largely symbolic show of force.

The kind of limited military strike reportedly under consideration by the Obama administration is very unlikely to affect the ultimate outcome of this messy and brutal civil war

And a more significant military intervention (either considered as an alternative to a limited strike, or as something we could be drawn into once we initiate “limited” hostilities with Syria) would only serve to pull us deeper into yet another war in the Middle East, with all the ramifications -- moral, humanitarian, economic and geopolitical -- that would entail.

There are times when military force is necessary and justifiable. But this isn’t one of them.

Thank you for speaking out.

David E (139)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 12:25 pm
It is the duty of the West,including Obama,to rid Syria of chemical weapons. These weapons of mass destruction should not be in the hands of an unstable country. If Assad falls, into whose hands will these weapons end up? If military force is need to rid Syria of chemical weapons, then so be it. Bombing just for the sake of bombing is stupid.

Gillian M (218)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 12:30 pm
Signed. David, who has the bombs and where are they? The UN is suggesting that the "rebels" (ie the Muslim Brotherhood) actually have them. I'm cynical enough to believe that Obama is using this as an excuse to come in on the MB side.

Also of concern is that Egypt has closed the Suez canal to American military and that Russian is sending 12 warships.

And, whoever has the damn things, Israel will be attacked and it is nothing to do with them.

. (0)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 12:31 pm

Amy L (112)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 12:49 pm
We've been tricked before and got stuck in Iraq and Afghanistan in a never ending war. The only real objective that was achieved was by the Dick Cheneys' of the world and their buddies was that of making huge profits off the war through contracts. What about our vets. We aren't even taking care of them the way they deserve. Moreover our country is broke we don't have the money to do this? Whose going to pay for this? Not only but other intelligence resources say that the rebels are the ones that attacked these poor civilians with the poisonous gas to illicit a response for the US and her allies. I'm against it all the way around. It will be a huge mistake and it won't stop in one bombing it will go on for years without any end in sight just like Afghanistan and Iraq. Its not going to stabilize the region - it will only make it worse. In fact it could open the door for a response of like form Iran - maybe even Russia. Let Russia and Iran -Syria's allies put a stop to the use of chemical weapons in the region. The US needs to stay out of it.

Lona G (80)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 1:21 pm

Mike M (40)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 1:50 pm

Patricia Martinez (63)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 2:00 pm
David Elazar,

I understand your sentiments, but I think it's very unlikely that bombing will root out chemical weapons. As it is, it may be coming from Al Qaeda terrorists by way of other countries (e.g., Turkey, which caught and arrested a number of them this past May). I don't think there is any good answer here, but to leave the situation alone and as horrible as it is, let it resolve itself.

There's almost one thing for sure, however, if the U.S. and other European countries bomb Syria: the Iranians and Hezbollah will rain down missiles and possibly chemical attacks on Israel, who is desperately trying to stay out of the war. In addition, Iran will certainly be likely to activate the many terrorist cells it already has in the U.S.

The U.S. not provoking Iran seems to be the lesser evil of this incredible evil that seems to be endemic to the Islamic world.


Madhu Pillai (22)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 2:02 pm
Noted, cannot sign, zip code.

Beth S (330)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 2:15 pm
Assad Flees to Iran

August 28, 2013 (

Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad and his family arrived in Tehran Aug 28, landing at Khomeini Airport aboard his presidential jet. Iranian foreign ministry sources confirmed this with the Lebanese newspaper a-Nahar.

Accompanying the Assad family was a group of senior Syrian government officials who together with Assad are officially there to hold talks with the Iranian government about a Syrian response to a possible US strike on Syrian WMD assets which is expected to take place in the near future.

As this information made its way into a-Nahar, Syrian Army generals continued their dire warning that if Syria is attacked, ‘Israel will burn’ and that if Syria weakens, ‘certain irresponsible groups’ will be formed that would endanger Israel.

Pres. Assad and his family fleeing to Tehran is no surprise. Iran and Syria have been decade’s long allies since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. The Assad’s are Alawite Muslims, which are an offshoot of Shia Islam which is the predominant Muslim sect in Iran.

Syria under the Assad Dynasty of first Hafez and then son Bashar al-Assad were instrumental in helping Iran build, train, equip and supply the terror army known as Hezbollah in southern Lebanon to threaten Israel. Without Assad in control of Syria, Hezbollah can not survive.

Assad's fleeing likely means a Western military strike cannot be far off. If the strike is limited strictly to a brief missile and air campaign, then Assad could return to Damascus once it’s over. If however, events lead to a sustained campaign and/or a ground invasion of Syria by Turkey, Israel or a coalition of nations then Assad’s departure will be permanent.

The most likely reason for the mass chemical weapons attack in the first place, was that Assad’s Fourth Armored Division was in danger of being overrun and they were the last line of defense in central Damascus. Rebels are likely regrouping for a renewed offensive and if Assad does not have any WMD as an option, then returning to Damascus would mean his capture or execution.

There is now a coalition of 36 nations forming for a strike on Syria including Britain, France, Turkey, Australia and Canada among the more powerful nations. It remains to be seen however, whether the United States will participate.

Pres. Obama has been dragging his feet with US allies eager to strike Syrian WMD delivery vehicles and weapons by insisting on a UN Security Council Resolution on Syria, awaiting a UN weapons inspector report when those inspectors have indefinitely postponed any further inspections; and telling world leaders that there has to be accountability assigned before any strike can be authorized.

The governments of Britain, France and Turkey have indicated a willingness to go ahead without the UN on board and have each called their respective Parliaments in to special session for legislative authorization for the use of force. Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan has taken the further measure of asking the Turkish Parliament for a new mandate with language allowing him to act in Syria without a UN mandate or NATO sanction. The existing Syria mandate required one or the other for anything more than defensive operations.

Pres. Assad fleeing to Iran, and with wife and family in tow along with senior regime cronies, is indication that and attack is forthcoming with or without the United States onboard and that someone has tipped off Assad that the attack is pending.

Oliver Smith (1)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 2:28 pm
A petition to NOT save people even when they are being gassed by a dictator?
You DO realize how insane that sounds?
I'd like to sign the opposite petition: Urge President Barack Obama to do whatever the wisest miltary advisors suggest will end the genocide. He is already trying to do that, but it'd be nice to support him, since, you know, there's crazy people out there with petitions trying to stop him. :)

Beth S (330)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 2:38 pm


The U.N. says it's AL QAEDA terrorists doing the gassing. Turkey arrested Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra with Sarin just a couple of months ago. Obama's going in and there's a good chance he's going to bomb the wrong people.

Tell me, has the United States done much good in ANY of our involvements in the Middle East in the past 10 or so years?

You think we should be there killing MORE people? So Arabs/Muslims can be angrier that non-Muslims from the West are killing MORE Muslims in Arab countries?

This is a no win situation. It's awful. Over 100,000 people have been killed. The U.S. is NOT going to do any good going in there and bombing. This will help the President look like he's keeping his word to do SOMETHING.

Is it worth it? I do not think so. This is guaranteed to eff things up even MORE. Thinking that bombing will do some good is naive at best. It would be better/less harmful if you went there to search out which side has the chemical weapons.

S J (130)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 2:49 pm
No war, no more killing.

Done. Thanks Beth.

Sheila S (50)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 2:56 pm
I agree that bombing is not the answer. But it behooves us to do SOMETHING to stop the slaughter of innocents.

Beth S (330)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 3:06 pm

Massive, worldwide petitions to the rich oil states, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, and Qatar to take the Sunnis in until the fighting is over. Same to Iran for the Shia. Sunnis and Shia claim to love their own. Take them up on it.

Sue H (7)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 3:18 pm
Noted and So signed, thanks.

Autumn laredi (0)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 4:07 pm
just because you have an african name doesn't give you the right to drop uranium and creates babies looking like 2headed aliens! Follow the money trail it leads to the criminal Afghanistan held for ransom by the colonial pupet NEW WORLD ORDER PUPPET with a black face. An expert at telling lies and a professional with despise Hell let's give this demon a FRIGIN NOBLE PEACE PRIZE but we all 4get when gaza strips getting bombed he didn't say squat!!! MARSHAL LAW HAND IN HAND with his big ol health care frauds and his MANDITORY RFID chips N.W.O and his Illuminaty FRONT FACE ARE SETTLIN IN GEORGE BUSH & OBAMA Are both part of the 7headed dragon
USA HAS 100% no right even engaging in war crimes against the rest of the world accept it you don't own the world JACKSPRAT that's their natural resources your (OBAMA) just another puppet but I'm not surprised look at everyone else the states trained Sadddam Bin Ladden etc. You're just desposable like u C the rest of the world you don't see it behind the curtains haha. A.A.L

Jo S (619)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 4:16 pm
Noted, signed & shared.
Thanks Beth.

Mike H (252)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 4:24 pm
Noted and signed thank you

Sara V (0)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 4:27 pm
David, your comment - "It is the duty of the West,including Obama,to rid Syria of chemical weapons. These weapons of mass destruction should not be in the hands of an unstable country. If Assad falls, into whose hands will these weapons end up?" - is laughable.

The West is trampling more countries than Assad or Saddam ever did. The weapons of mass destruction which the U.S. owns are being employed all around the world with help from NATO and other allies. Who is the aggressor and wrongdoer?

Patricia Gal (103)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 4:28 pm more wars...Let the United Nations handle that matter.

Sascha Harper (303)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 4:33 pm
Noted & (gladly) signed

Diane O (194)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 5:05 pm
What Americans need to process is that this is a civil war. Obama NEVER should've stood before the American people with his "red line" talk. This is pure incompetence on Obama's part. What did we expect from him anyway? Now he finds himself in the position of having to back up his incompetent language.

America has no business entering into a civil war between a dictatorship and the "terrorist" rebels. To go against Assad is to align ourselves with the terrorists.

Obama never should've been elected president. a perfect example....why. Obama has a good voice reading from the teleprompter but beyond that......well, look where he has placed America.

We, as a country, should've learned a valuable lesson where the Middle East is concerned. Let them kill each other and not take another American solider down. This is not our fight. This is simply a slight difference in their religious beliefs. Why should we care?

Obama has placed himself on a hot seat due to ignorance and lack of American leadership. You elected a community organizer. You did not elect leadership for America.

Lee Hampton (15)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 5:20 pm

I can see why so many believe that Obama's on the Muslim Brotherhood's and Al Qaeda's side.

Diane O (194)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 5:27 pm
Lee, think about it. As a young man, a very young man, Barry Soretoro was moved to Indonesia with his parents. He had to give up his American citizenship to become an Indonesian citizen. To his credit, he learned the "hard" Koran, dropping to his knees multiple times during the day to pray to "Allah." After, a while, his edgy mother, decided that he should be sent back to Hawaii and live with his communist leaning grandparents....this, after praying multiple times during the day???? However, back in the USA Barry was....and then he changed his name to identify with his Kenyan father....No matter how you slice it....those of us who have had and raised precious children know the impact of "change" during their young lives and how it impacts how they behave and think.

Obama is tremendously conflicted IMO. The result is that we have a president who would have been better suited to simply write books but the POTUS? I don't think so. His lack of leadership skills tells the real story IMO.

Diane O (194)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 5:31 pm
I want to address this thread title...Obama should've never stepped before the American people and the world and draw a "red line." He wasn't thinking because he was too incompetent to process internally what he said and how it would affect the American people.

England has withdrawn their position in Syria. There's a reason for that....think liberals....think about this president you support when everything he has touched has turned to sand. He was always an empty Harvard Law graduate "suit." He was, at best, a community organizer from Saul Alinsky.

Debra Tate (17)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 7:18 pm
Noted and signed thank you

Jelica R (144)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 7:36 pm
I'm posting this petition list around: No Syria War

CodePink: Tell Obama, Peace Not War in Syria!

RootsAction: No to Humanitarian Imperialism in Iran & Syria

MoveOn: President Obama: Don't Strike Syria Without Congressional Approval

Thanks, Beth. Your petition added to my list.

Jelica R (144)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 8:45 pm
ANSWER Coalition: BREAKING NEWS: British Parliament Votes “NO” on war against Syria -- Obama ready to pursue unilateral strikes on Syria

Today (Aug. 29), the British House of Commons voted to reject Prime Minister David Cameron's plan to join with the Obama administration in launching missile strikes against Syria. Cameron is the closest partner that President Obama has. This was an enormous setback for the war makers.

Yet, Obama's top aides told the New York Times immediately after the House of Commons vote that the president was preparing to attack Syria even if the British government did not join the operation.

This is an outrage. The people of the United States and the people of the UK are dead set against another war of aggression in the Middle East.

Such an attack would be nothing other than a new lawless and reckless act of aggression by the world’s greatest military superpower. The consequences of such an assault are unknowable in advance. In addition to further exacerbating the suffering of the Syrian people, the potential for a wider war is very real. Russia has announced it is moving warships to the eastern Mediterranean; Iran has stated that if Syria is attacked by the United States, Israel will be hit also.

But until the missiles are fired and the bombs dropped, it is still possible to stop the war before it starts. It is critically important that all those who oppose a new war and who demonstrated today stay in the streets over this crucial weekend. What people do can make a difference!

Many demonstrations are already being planned for this Saturday, August 31 in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Albuquerque, New Orleans and many other cities.

Click here to find a listing of demonstrations nationwide.

Please let us know the details of actions that are being planned in your area over the next few days. Click here to fill out the Event Listing form.

Hands Off Syria – No New U.S. War in the Middle East!

Jelica R (144)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 8:46 pm
Credo Mobilize Petition: No U.S. Military Intervention in Syria!

Katie & Bill D (107)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 10:05 pm

Signed * Guess some people don't understand we all have lost loved ones to war! We don't want to see this again! We jump in and bad things could happen!
Thank You

patrica and edw jones (190)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 11:17 pm
It is not clear-IMO - who has used the chemical weapons. Until it is proved - beyond the shadow of doubt - that they were used by the Assad regime..............we should not INTERFERE. We must learn from past mistakes - ie. Iraq in particular. Why should be send our boys into this hideous conflict - many of whom came back with myriad problems from fighting in the Gulf and Aghanistan.

David E (139)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 11:52 pm
It doesn't make any difference who used the chemical weapons. These weapons in the hand of terrorists, unstable governments, Islamists, etc. are a danger to the whole world and must be destroyed, if necessary, by force.

Helen Porter (39)
Friday August 30, 2013, 12:09 am
Alexa, thank you for this opportunity to protest.

Stan B (123)
Friday August 30, 2013, 2:12 am
Obama's foreign policy has been so inept that no one is now taking him seriously.
On this issue he's painted himself into a corner. Damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.

Emma S (239)
Friday August 30, 2013, 2:23 am
Signed - thanks, Beth! Jelica's petitions signed too.

. (0)
Friday August 30, 2013, 5:39 am
The West must keep out of the internal affairs of Syria. How about their Arab neighbours giving a helping hand instead of always 'the West'.

David E (139)
Friday August 30, 2013, 7:29 am
This is serious business. Remember when Japanese terrorists released poison gas in a Japanese subway (underground,tube) station. It is in everyone's interest to keep terrorists away from these huge reserves of poison gas compounds in Syria, the largest in the world. The best would be if they are destroyed. Poison as is not an internal affair.

Beth S (330)
Friday August 30, 2013, 8:02 am
David, let's talk by private email (non-C2).

Maggie Kearns (7)
Friday August 30, 2013, 1:48 pm
N & S Thanks Beth!

Annemie O (153)
Friday August 30, 2013, 1:58 pm
Signed Jelica-petitions, credo zipcode = european: not accepted

Pierce Maloney (0)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 8:24 am
Please do not bomb Syria. We're just going to keep showing the world how much of monsters we are. Especially when another superpower has threatened to retaliate, if we break the treaty and bomb Syria.

So yes, bombing Syria will just make things worse for everyone. What we should focus on is humanitarian aid for the refugees. And not in military intervention.

Jelica R (144)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 9:13 pm
Fresh from my inbox:

The Russian position on the chemical attack on East Ghouta affirmed; August 31, 2013

You see, they have satellite shoots of the shelling from Douma on the Aug 21/22 night.

... and fast rewind followed... Breaking news: Rebels admit gas attack result of mishandling chemical weapons; Aug 31, 2013

Diane O (194)
Monday September 2, 2013, 2:51 pm
I don't believe for a second that the United States of America is anywhere near the "monster" category. The chemical weapons being used by Syria were moved there by Saddam Hussein who murdered, gassed, raped, mutilated and tortured his own people. The United States got rid of a real "monster." Look up Saddam Hussein in the dictionary (if you can find one these days) and you'll see his picture beside it.

Syria has a civil war going on and we, as a country, have no business jumping into another middle east civil war. I'm sad for the Syrian people and I'm happy they are crossing the borders into other countries to be safe. What we know, as intelligent adults, is that the minute this crisis dies down it will spring up again somewhere else.

What our country needs to be doing is taking care of Americans, not illegals who pour over our borders, but real Americans and we can only do this by building up our military to save us today and in the future. We have no way of knowing how many terrorist cells are crossing our borders in Mexico and in Canada. Why aren't we putting our veterans to work manning our borders? Why aren't we relocating them and their families to border towns so that they can have employment and take care of their families? Their presence in these border towns will bring in an abundance of revenue for them and it can only be a win/win situation.

Our country needs to take care of Americans.....period. It won't be long before Iran rears its ugly head with Russia by their side and we need to be ready to defend ourselves swiftly and without any loss of American lives.

We also need to reassess our foreign aid going to countries who hate the US. Just stop the taxpayer funded money. Is it money well spent? I haven't seen that. Have you?

Diane O (194)
Monday September 2, 2013, 2:54 pm
The Brits sent Obama a message. Let us hope the congress does the same thing in the next 24 hours.

Rebecca Larkin (0)
Monday September 2, 2013, 10:04 pm
The men and women of this country that have SERVED THIS COUNTRY; the men and women that have DIED FOR THIS COUNTRY and those that ARE SERVING now DID NOT put their lives on the line or give their lives so that we could fight a war FOR Al Queda. We need to STOP butting out noses into business that isn't ours. Get this Shitfaced bastard out of office as he does NOT below there. Giving U.S. money to the enemy is TREASON and NOW he wishes for us to HELP THE ENEMY. This cannot stand!
If we bomb syria we are SCREWED as a country. We have done ourselves enough shit since 2008 when Obama was first elected. Ignorance is not an excuse! Wake up folks! This is real shit that is happening the man YOU chose to be the face of OUR nation is now SMEARING that name in the dirt--whatever good is left of it. Take a look around read up on some things, half the world already REALLY dislikes us and more are starting to hate us. We really need to rethink a lot of things and TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY. We were founded on a basis and belief that we have long forgotten and left in the dust. We need to go back to that before we completely lose our country.

P. L. Neola (21)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 8:50 pm
Noted, Signed and Shared!

Also, if it was not for Act for America, I would not have known who was who and what was what!

We [Act for America] deplore the humanitarian disaster happening in Syria.

But we need to remember – our enemies are fighting our enemies.

It’s Assad/Iran/Hezbollah on one side and the Syrian rebels/al Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood on the other. Why would we want to get dragged into this?

We plan on delivering our current “Open Letter” to not only the White House but also to the Congress, which will be debating whether to authorize the President’s request for use of force in Syria.

Please click on the image below, sign our open letter, and forward this email to everyone you know. Yes, Assad is a monster. But how does it possibly serve America’s strategic interests to assist the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda? The open letter is below:


Debra Tate (17)
Friday September 6, 2013, 2:04 pm
signed and noted!

Süheyla C (234)
Friday September 13, 2013, 10:13 am
Thanks Beth
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