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Reject a Syrian No-Fly Zone! Please call these senators pronto.

On November 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the inaptly named Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2016 “with forty minutes of debate.” If passed by the Senate and subsequently signed into law, this will establish a no-fly zone over Syria. Establishing a no-fly zone is an act of war, which would (1) kill many Syrian civilians and (2) dramatically escalate probability of U.S. war with Syria’s ally, Russia.

If you’re interested in actual peace, such as is obtained not by bombs but by legitimate diplomacy, please call the members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and demand they reject this bill.

  1. November 28, 2016 at 11:58 am

    For anyone interested in calling but unsure what to say, here’s an approximation of what I said when calling the Foreign Relations committee:

    “I’m calling to express grave concern with the Syrian Civilian ‘Protection’ Act. While Russia aids the UN-recognized Syrian government on its invitation, the US has pretty much invited itself there at enormous cost to Syrian land and life, all–presumably–to control access to and flow of oil through the region. I am ashamed to be an American when I see the travesties my government works under the pretext of human rights, and I will be even more ashamed if this passes. Please ensure it does not.”

    In my voicemail to Senator Boxer, I was more succinct:

    “I’m a California voter with grave concerns about the misnamed Syrian Civilian ‘Protection’ Act. I urge you to ensure it does not pass. Not with my tax dollars.”

    When calling, you might want to use something like the latter, swapping “Californian” with “American.”

    For anyone wanting a little more factual grounding before calling, here is a great article about Syria to date without the USG’s American-acts-are-always-good formulation: http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/10/14/an-urgently-necessary-briefing-on-syria/

  1. December 3, 2016 at 7:58 am

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