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Laurel Lambert Schmidt
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Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:21:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Public opposition can stop the bombing!
Last week U.S. bombing of Syria looked
like a virtual certainty.
Then President Obama's PR campaign for
escalation of the war fell flat. Unlike during
the run-up to previous wars, anti-war opinion remained firm. Thanks in part to years of effort by anti-war
activists, people remembered the lies used to promote past wars.
Then public opposition -- expressed in part through the rejection of war by Britain's
parliament -- forced Obama to do yet another re-boot.
After administration spokespeople repeatedly
said there was no need to go to Congress to get a war authorization, they changed
course. Administration spokespeople hit all
the Sunday talk shows and President Obama took the virtually unprecedented step
of giving interviews to all the networks in one day on Monday -- all in an attempt
to force a "yes" vote in Congress.
To bring hawkish Congressmen on board, Obama spokespeople threw "dovish"
members of his own party to the wolves by leaking that the U.S. would do a far more
intensive and brutal attack than originally proposed.
But an off-hand remark yesterday from Secretary of State John Kerry -- one which
his aides rapidly tried to retreat from -- combined with strong public opposition
to the bombing, has forced Obama to do yet another re-boot and consider diplomatic
proposals from Russia and Syria.
Without this strong public opposition to war, the Obama administrations would have
brushed off this diplomatic proposal as previous presidents had done with other
diplomatic proposals on the eve of previous wars.
If overwhelming anti-public
opinion is what has thus far stopped a U.S. escalation of the war, then that tells
us that now is the time to step up the pressure!
Please join an action tonight just before
Obama's speech to the nation --
Tell Obama, Congress & the Media: Listen to the People -- No War with Syria!
6 PM Tonight (Tuesday)
March starting in front of the Tribune Building
435 N. Michigan Avenue
Please join and share widely the Facebook
event -- https://www.facebook.com/events/417759778335798/
Cosponsored by the Gay Liberation Network,
Neighbors for Peace, ANSWER Chicago, CAMI-Committee Against the Militarization of
Youth/Comite anti-militarizacion, La Voz de Los de Abajo, Northwest Indiana Veterans
for Peace, World Can't Wait Chicago, Chicago Area Peace Action, The Anti-War Committee,
Rising Tide Chicago, Near West Citizens for Peace and Justice, Oak Park Coalition
for Truth and Justice, Voices For Creative Non-Violence, and more (list in formation).