(From the Anti-War Committee – Chicago)
Protest will be held today, Tuesday, June 18, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at theÂ Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams, in Chicago
The Obama administration has announced it will arm the Syrian opposition, and has plans to set up a No Fly Zone over Syrian territory. The Anti-War Committee â€“ Chicago (AWC) opposes these measures to escalate the conflict which has already cost 93,000 lives.
President Obama says the Assad government has crossed a â€˜red lineâ€™ by using chemical weapons. According to Holly Kent-Payne, an AWC spokesperson, â€œHow can we believe this when there is no evidence cited as proof of the Syrian governmentâ€™s use of the nerve gas, sarin? Â In fact, Turkey recently caught 12 members of the Syrian opposition with sarin, and the top U.N. investigator in Syria, Carla Del Ponte, stated last month that she found evidence of the rebels, not the government, having used sarin.â€
Joe Iosbaker of AWC added, â€œThe truth is, the Syrian rebels are losing so the US is scrambling for excuses to interveneâ€”remember when Bush lied about â€˜weapons of mass destructionâ€™ to justify the war in Iraq? The US and NATO support the Syrian rebels despite their strong ties to Al-Qaeda because they want to replace Bashar al-Assad with someone who will do their bidding.â€
Recently, NATO published a finding that 70% of Syrians support the Assad government.Â Also, Pew Research Center polls show that the majority of Americans oppose US intervention in Syria.
According to the Pentagon, the No Fly Zone would cost $50 million a day. Kent-Payne said, â€œChicago is closing 50 schools, while the White House thinks nothing of spending $50 million a day. We need healthcare and education, not more war in the Middle East!â€