SDS is calling on students and progressives everywhere to hold rallies, marches, and demonstrations in response to the current threats of U.S. missile strikes on Syria. The U.S. military machine brings nothing but terror, death, and destruction everywhere it goes. We have seen the horrific results of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. bombing of Libya, U.S. drone attacks in Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere. We have heard the lies of “weapons of mass destruction,” that were used to justify the invasion of Iraq that resulted in over one million Iraqi deaths, and now we hear the United States banging the war drums and repeating the same lies to justify the bombing of Syria. U.S. bombing of Syria would result in the senseless murder of untold numbers of innocent civilians and children.
The United States has been funding, arming and training known terrorists, including Al-Qaeda, in Syria since the beginning of the conflict. By attempting to overthrow the Syrian government the United States hopes to gain control over oil and other natural resources and establish a regime that will bow down to the genocidal agenda of U.S. imperialism. Syria has a history of being a safe haven for those seeking refuge from imperialist war mongering. Before the start of this conflict, Syria was home to over 1.5 million Iraqi refugees and over half a million Palestinian refugees. Much of the oil and other natural resources in Syria are publicly owned and the profits from these industries are redistributed to public services such as education and healthcare. This has enabled Syria to provide basic human rights such as education not only to Syrians but also to refugees displaced by imperialism that are unlikely to have access to these resources otherwise.
We hear the U.S. government tell lies about WMDs, but we know that it is, in fact, the U.S. government that has and uses weapons of mass destruction. It was the United States who dropped nuclear bombs on civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, dropped depleted uranium bombs in Yugoslavia, and used napalm to terrorize in Vietnam. Under Obama’s presidency, the United States has used drone strikes to terrorize and cause mass destruction in numerous countries. This must come to an end. Now more than ever those who stand for justice and against war must demand “Hands Off Syria!”