Saturday, April 8, 2017

Green Party of the United States calls for “a revived antiwar movement,” condemns missile attacks


Today the Green Party of the United States issued a press release and statement on the USA’s missile attack on Syria. 

The release strongly condemned President Donald Trump's unilateral cruise missile strike on a Syrian government airfield. It  also called for 
  • A halt to further military action by the U.S.
  • An impartial probe of the Idlib gas attacks 
  • Emergency negotiations  to stop further bloodshed and prevent expanded Cold War conflict
  • An arms embargo on all sides
Although the U.S. alleges that the President Bashar al-Assad government is responsible for the gas attack, that claim disputed by some journalists covering the war and was denied by President Putin of Russia.

Impartial investigation demanded
The  Green Party wants “an international, cooperative and impartial investigation of the nerve gas attack in Idlib province that killed scores of civilians” and presumably motivated USA President Donald Trump to order the strikes.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other leaders have also called for an investigation

The Greens criticize war drumbeats, including those from Democrats and U.S. media, call for a revived antiwar movement.

USA supplied rebel groups
Greens fear the missile strike ordered by President Trump  could expand the Syrian conflict into a proxy war between the U.S. and Russia and start another  East-West Cold War.

Further complicating matters, the CIA and Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, “have supplied funding and weapons to Syrian rebel groups that have strengthened ISIL and al-Qaeda.”  The U.S. continues to bomb those same rebel groups  in Iraq” the April 8, 2017 release said. (On the one hand we are in a war with ISIS and on the other hand we equip them.)

Green party leaders insist that investigations and emergency negotiations with Russia, Iran and others “are needed to stop further bloodshed and prevent a wider regional or global” war.

Some Democrats part of the problem
According to the release, war-hawk Democrats have been cheering the missile strikes. Although Greens have been firmly opposed to President Trump’s agenda, they now say that his previous, friendly stance towards Russia  at least offered an opportunity for cooperation between Washington and Moscow. “The missile strikes are likely to have scuttled that chance.”

At the same time, the “Trump Administration's belligerence risks a new era of reckless warfare.”

Reviving a mass antiwar movement
The Green Party calls for “a revived mass antiwar movement that opposes military action that
  • Threatens the lives of civilians
  • Results in wars for oil and other resources and for U.S. political and economic domination, or 
  • Presents a dangerous continuity in the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations' war policies.
“These same policies have ignited rage against the U.S. and may lead to new retaliatory violence against Americans,” the release said. 

“The party also urges deep cuts in defense spending (except for veterans' services) and dismantling of the military-industrial complex, noting that the U.S. military budget is ten times greater than Russia's and that the U.S. faces no threat from other countries.”

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