Plenty of residents are sending in their views on how the U.S. — or if the U.S. — should react to the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria. President Obama announced on Saturday that he would seek Congressional approval of any military action against Syria, and has been working to win approval from members of Congress. Local activists are at work, too, hoping to get congressional representatives to vote against such action.
Over the weekend, Rockland4Peace began coordinating a rally — set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 — opposing U.S. military attack on Syria. The rally is set to take place in front of the Rockland office of Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, at 67 North Main St., New City. The group also announced that it will attempt to meet with Lowey at 1:30 pm. The group’s press release states: “Our message is clear: Congress should vote NO to military attack on Syria. Instead Congress should push for a negotiated solution to the civil war. Haven’t we learned enough lessons from the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan?” Information:
Concerned Westchester peace groups, clergy and community organizations are convening an “emergency protest” to prevent the pending US military attack on Syria. Their efforts launch at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6; there will be a 24-hour encampment set up at the Fountain located at Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains. The event launches with a march from 5-7 pm on Friday from the Plaza Fountain to the nearby Federal Courthouse and Rep. Lowey’s district office. Information: wespac.org.
The Editorial Board is also getting plenty of letters on the subject, which are overwhelmingly against any U.S. military involvement.
Here’s a sampling, from Steven Waldbaum of Scarsdale:
… Stepping into the Syrian cauldron, as Iraq should have taught us, is worse than a blunder. … The Brits have shown that they have learned the lesson of Iraq. Have we?
From David Mendenhall of Pomona:
I am tired of reading that the Syrian regime is “brutal” or “oppressive.” … It is annoying to be old enough to see history repeat itself. Bombing Syria will simply add to their miseries.
And from Duane Martin of Somers:
Please tell me who appointed the United States of America World Police? … Why do we need another war, Mr. Obama? Let’s take care of our own people first.
What’s your take on potential U.S. military action in Syria?