Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Support Peace in Syria! Call your members of congress and tell them to vote against US military action!

The U.S. Congress is expected to vote early next week on authorization of military force against Syria. While the use of chemical weapons should be unequivocally condemned, regardless of who perpetrated the attack, it is also the case that many states have helped fuel the armed conflict in Syria by sending weapons to the region.  Instead of exacerbating the conflict with military strikes, the United States should seek an international agreement on an arms embargo and back dialogue that alone can end the horrific violence.

As Christians we are called to be disciples of peace.

Over 4,400 Presbyterians sent messages last week to congress and the administration opposing military action.  Now, we need you to call your member of congress and urge them to vote against the resolution to use force against Syria!  Please forward this alert along to friends and family!

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Contact your Senators and Representative today to oppose U.S. military action against Syria. Tell them to: 

1.Vote against an authorization of military force against Syria. U.S. military action would mean the U.S. government is taking sides in a civil war, would cause further destruction, and would push the Syrian people further into relentless civil war.

2.Support an alternative response to the conflict through vigorous peace negotiations among the Syrian government, rebel groups and civil society; provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Syria fleeing the conflict; and work through the United Nations and the International Criminal Court to bring those responsible for use of chemical weapons to justice.

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We must use extreme caution in implementing policies that might escalate the conflict.  Limited engagement is never truly limited and any military option the President might choose will result in the deaths of more Syrians, including innocent civilians.

Please urge your members of congress to have the courage shown by other strong leaders in the past to hold off on military action and renew the efforts for a diplomatic solution.  We must work with the United Nations and other governments to contain the violence, restore stability in the region, provide humanitarian assistance, and encourage the building of an inclusive society in Syria that protects the rights of all its citizens.

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It is only through nonviolent means that we can hope for radical change that leads to a just peace.

The 220th General Assembly (2012) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) urged our government:
 • to support a mediated process of cessation of violence by all perpetrators, including the Assad regime and armed opposition groups; • to call for all outside parties to cease all forms of intervention in Syria; • to support a strong and necessary role for the United Nations, possibly including observers and peacekeeping forces; and • to refrain from military intervention in Syria.

The United States should not hastily enter into conflict. It is imperative that we choose to support a true resolution instead of  perpetuating violence.
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