Veterans For Peace is pleased to hear that President Trump has ordered a total withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, where they had no legal right to be in the first place. Whatever the reasoning, withdrawing US troops is the right thing to do.
It is incorrect to characterize the US military intervention in Syria as “fighting terrorism,” as much of the media is doing. Although the US fought against the ISIL Caliphate (aka “ISIS”), it also armed and trained Islamist groups, including al-Qaeda aligned forces, who are seeking to destroy the secular, multi-religious Syrian state and establish a harsh fundamentalist order of their own.
Furthermore, the US aerial bombardment of the city of Raqqa, Syria, similar to its bombardment of Mosul, Iraq, was itself terror in the extreme, causing the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians. These are huge war crimes.
A continued US presence in Syria would only prolong a policy that has been disastrous for all the peoples of the region, who have already suffered way too much as a result of years of US intervention and occupation on their soil. It would also be a disaster for the troops who are being asked to carry out this impossible burden.
In these moments when those in power advocate for remaining at war, Veterans For Peace will continue holding true to our mission and understanding that war is not the answer. We sincerely hope that the withdrawal of US troops from Syria will be total, and will be soon. We hope this will also lead to the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, where the US government is currently in talks with the Taliban and an end to US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, which is causing the death by starvation of tens of thousands of innocent children.
Veterans For Peace knows that the US is a nation addicted to war. At this time of uncertainty, it is critically important that we, as veterans, continue to be clear and concise that our nation must turn from war to diplomacy and peace. It is high time to unwind all these tragic, failed and unnecessary wars of aggression, domination and plunder. It is time to turn a page in history and to build a new world based on human rights, equality and mutual respect for all. We must build momentum toward real and lasting peace. Nothing less than the survival of human civilization is at stake.
Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices.
7 thoughts on “Veterans For Peace Statement on Withdrawal of US Troops From Syria”
Never any discussion in the msm of the complete illegality of the US/French/British occupation of the sovereign nation Syria in contravention of the UN charter. The inversion of reality in declaring that Iran is responsible for “instability” in the ME whereas the “western” nations with their clandestine and open arming and protecting the mythical “moderate rebels” has led to a horrendous prolongation of a war which would have ended years since but for that support for heart eating filth. Raqqa is a ruin with thousands of unburied corpses resulting from the “coalition” bombardment to “liberate” it. Aleppo by contrast will be celebrating a multi faith Christmas thanks to the combined efforts of the SAA, Russia,Iranian and Hezbollah expunging of the afore mentioned heart eaters.
Definite very good news, that the plan to turn Syria into Libya with lawlessness and fertile ground for slave markets, women and children forced into prostitution. A real fine mess. I suppose it’s the men who can’t have normal loving relationships who plot for such chaos. Gaddafi built schools, irrigation & houses for Libyans… All destroyed and plundered… But it’s no happy story in Syria… It too is destroyed, weakened so badly it will be a beggar for what it rightly once possessed. peace & prosperity. It’s the bastards and psychopaths who have been running things..
Our New Years Resolution should be:Shut down ALL U$A bases on foreign soil.
Trump is doing his Kremlin masters bidding. Nothing more.
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