by: Craig Wiesner on September 4th, 2013 | 11 Comments »
I am on the steering committee of a grassroots organization in the Bay Area and was asked to work on a statement about the situation in Iraq with my friend, the Rev. Dr. Diana Gibson, who is currently teaching at Santa Clara University. As you can probably already guess, we are opposed to U.S. military intervention in Syria. This message is addressed to you, the people of America who have an opportunity to make your voices heard.
As people of faith from diverse traditions, Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice joins with a growing number of faith organizations and people of good will around the globe in condemning chemical weapons use in Syria or anywhere, and insisting that the world community, in particular our own United States government, respond to this tragedy using diplomatic and political tools, not military intervention. We implore Congress to refuse to authorize any military action against Syria. Bombing and killing Syrians to send a message that bombing and killing Syrians is wrong makes absolutely no sense.
U.S. military interventions in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan over the last 60 years make it clear that war as a solution to world problems is not the answer. By denying the president the authority to use military force against Syria, the United States Congress could bring us one step closer to the end of senseless war.