Fil-Ams join calls to stop US war on Syria
NEW YORK - Dozens of protesters made sure their opposition to President Obama’s call to unleash military strikes in Syria were heard loud and clear in Times Square, in New York over the weekend.
Obama said the planned US cruise missile bombing of Syria is a humanitarian act in response to the chemical weapons attack which killed hundreds of Syrians, and that it is America’s moral obligation to do so to deter further future chemical weapons attack.
Protesters like Bayan USA’s Bernadette Ellorin believes otherwise.
"Why would this war be called humanitarian?" Ellorin said. "People in the US don’t have jobs, are hungry, hospitals are closing, education is being cut back, the people here in the US is in Crisis this is not the time to launch any type of humanitarian effort that cost the people here so much money."
Larry Holmes of the Workers World Party said, "We have learned that Presidents of this country do not go to war for humanitarian reasons."
"They lie about their reasons. They make it sound like humanitarian because they have to convince the people. They’re always political, economic and cold blooded and more about Wall Street than about saving anybody from weapons of mass destruction,” he said.
Protesters said that bombing Syria would kill more civilians and polarize the situation even further. It is considered a war crime without the United Nation’s Security Council’s blessings.
In an interview with CBS News, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, warned that if the US strikes Syria there will be retaliation.
Pro-Assad Ayrian-Americans said they know too well that such a US attack would only bring more hardship for people back home.
Syrian-American, Goerge Talliseh said, "I hope not, we will have big trouble. Big problem, we don’t want war, won’t don’t it".
A new CNN/ORC international survey released today showed that even though 8 in 10 Americans believe that the Syrian President gassed its own people, more than 70 percent of those surveyed do not want Congress to authorize an airstrike that may not achieve significant goals for the US.
Holmes said, "It has more to do with oil, US domination of the Middle East and they fooled us once, and now we’re smart, and we’re not gonna get fooled again."