We have about a week to stop a rush to war in Syria. Please Call your representative and senators now at 202-224-3121 and urge them to vote NO on the authorization to use force in Syria. If you don’t know who your representative and senators are, click here.
Here are some points you could make in your call (although the only crucial point is to vote against the Authorization of Use of Force for Syria):
- Vote no on an authorization for military action. (This one is critical to start with. It’s the message staff will record carefully.)
- Even military brass say the strikes won’t work. There’s no evidence these types of “limited strikes” actually accomplish their goals. The Syrian regime will fight on.
- Military strikes could backfire for civilians. Even targeted strikes end up killing some of the very civilians we are seeking to protect. Thousands of civilians have been killed by similar “limited” U.S. led interventions in places like Kosovo, Libya, and Somalia.
- Military strikes won’t end the Syrian civil war but they could prolong it. The U.S. could join calls for a ceasefire while jumpstarting the stalled “Geneva II” peace conference to bring Russia, the U.S., Syrian factions and the Arab League together for diplomacy. Military attacks now could harden positions and destroy the chances for diplomacy for a long time.
- Many experts believe that military strikes could lead to reprisals. The Syrian regime could ramp up attacks on rebels and civilians in rebel held areas, and even, feeling it has nothing to lose, decide to use chemical weapons in these reprisals.
- The current draft of the authorization legislation is very broad. It could lead to a longer conflict if initial strikes lead to a wider conflict in Syria or even escalate beyond its borders.
- A unilateral war that violates international law can’t “promote international norms”. President Obama has said these attacks are to enforce “international norms against chemicals weapons” but crucial norms against unilateral military action are just as fundamental.
- A robust international humanitarian campaign could protect Syria’s millions of refugees. The U.S. could save more lives by focusing efforts on the humanitarian crisis. Thousands of lives could be saved through access to the wounded and by providing clean water and food.