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September 12, 2013
5:19 PM

CONTACT: Veterans for Peace

Patrick McCann, President Veterans For Peace, 240-271-2246
Matt Southworth, Vice President Veterans For Peace, 352-598-8857

Veterans’ Group Responds to President Obama’s Call to War

Saint Louis - September 12 - A leading peace organization of military veterans responded to President Obama’s address to the nation in his effort to justify bombing Syria to punish the Assad regime for their alleged use of chemical weapons.

The Veterans For Peace statement while condemning, “the use of all chemical weapons, as well as the targeting of civilians with conventional weapons” also strongly opposes U.S. military intervention, “whether direct or indirect, in the civil war that is currently raging in Syria.”

Pressing the president to pursue recent diplomatic opportunities provided by Russia and Syria that will lead to disposal of Syria’s chemical weapons, the group states that if the current initiative fails, diplomacy and holding those accountable via following international law is the answer to the crisis - “not U.S. military intervention which will certainly lead to more lives lost.”

The group’s full response to the president’s speech and their general statement on Syria can be seen on their website, and respectively.

Veterans For Peace urges its members and the general public to contact Congress and the president to stop the bombing of Syria and increase diplomatic efforts. The veterans group is participating in and organizing protests actions, vigils and educational events to motivate the public to stand against military intervention and to push for diplomacy.

Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985. It is structured around a national office in Saint Louis, MO and comprised of members across the country organized in chapters or as at-large members. The organization includes men and women veterans of all eras and duty stations including from the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf and current Iraq wars as well as other conflicts. Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary.


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