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  •  Please read this article by Phyllis Bennis about (0+ / 0-)

    the reasons not to engage in this illegal war of aggression against the sovereign country of Syria:

    Moral Obscenities in Syria
    The US government is creating a false dichotomy—it’s either a military strike, or we let them get away with it. No one is talking about any other kind of international accountability, nothing like the International Criminal Court. Last month, the White House “law group” noted that arming the rebels might violate international law. Do they think a cruise missile strike is okay? We heard President Obama a couple of days ago refer to international law. He said “if the US goes in and attacks another country without a UN mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it … and those are considerations that we have to take into account.”
    •  Well, whether or not to take military action (0+ / 0-)

      that should be up for debate.  I don't disagree with that.

      But "illegal aggression against the sovereign country of Syria"? That assumes a few things I'm not willing to assume - first and foremost, that the Syrian regime has legitimacy.  A military attack may well be bad policy; but rejecting it because of "Syrian sovereignty" is not a valid reason given that the government is a minority government that came to power in a military coup and which has arguably never actually had a mandate to rule.  "State sovereignty" is a pretty suspect concept under those circumstances, and reflects a bias - pretty common on the left - that nation-state rights (not states rights) trump all else. It's compounded by the fact that the Syrian government has a massive civil war on its hands. So we are talking about illegal aggression against which Syria?  At the moment, there's more than one.

      Legitimacy is not a black and white issue - because a government de-facto controls a country should not render them sovereign.  

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 10:26:03 AM PDT

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