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Syria Crisis

An Open Letter to Congress on Syria

William Astore | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
William Astore

I implore you to vote "no" on military intervention in Syria. No vital U.S. interest is at stake, and an attack will have unforeseen consequences that are nearly impossible to predict. The proper response to the Assad regime's use of poison gas is not more killing.

Have You Heard the One About Syria?

Galanty Miller | Posted 11.07.2013 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

The situation in Syria is not a partisan issue. Or at least it shouldn't be. If you don't like President Obama, fine. But appreciate the moral dilemma that he is in. To "mock" his strategy here makes one sound like an attractive moron.

Against the Wishes of Most Americans, Democrats and Republicans May Give Obama His War

David Paul | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
David Paul

For all the high brow talk about the moral issues involved, the Syria war resolution may well force many in Congress to vote against both their own beliefs as well of those of many Americans, and the issues that drive that vote may turn out to be quite different from those being debated today.

Madonna: 'Stay Out Of Syria'

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 09.06.2013 | Entertainment

Madonna is the latest person to join the chorus of voices speaking out on the ongoing situation in Syria. The pop diva took to Facebook on Thursday to...

Sasha Belenky

Must-Reads: Syria Crisis, Coffee's Big Problem, A Deadly Tornado And Fashion Sins | Sasha Belenky | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

(AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon) 1. A Hellish Problem As debate rages in Washington over whether to use military force against Syria, it's worth takin...

Stopping Barry O'Bomber's Rush to War

Ralph Nader | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Now, as if having learned nothing from the devastating and costly aftermaths of the military invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, you're beating the combustible drums to attack Syria -- a country that is no threat to the U.S. and is embroiled in complex civil wars under a brutal regime.

Is a Military Strike Against Syria Compatible With Just War Morality?

Frank G. Kirkpatrick | Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion
Frank G. Kirkpatrick

From a moral point of view perhaps the best that can be said about the case of Syria is that it has the potential to make us rethink the limitations of traditional just war theory. Alternatives to that theory, however, are not going to be simple, easy, or without moral complexity themselves.

Iraq Warns Of Militant Strike Against U.S. Interests

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 09.06.2013 | World

BAGHDAD -- Iranian-backed Shiite militias are threatening to retaliate against American interests inside Iraq if the United States goes ahead with str...

John Kerry Sells a War That Americans Aren't Buying

Medea Benjamin | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

The clock is ticking, with President Obama and Secretary Kerry frantically selling a war that the American people don't want to buy. If Congress goes ahead and approves military action, they -- unlike their British counterparts -- will fail to represent the people who elected them.

Listen to the Arab and American Streets on Syria Strikes

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Thank heaven that there are additional intense conversations happening beyond the U.S. Senate hearing -- and in other parts of the world -- or one may have walked away thinking that there were only TWO options regarding the Syria crisis: "strike" or "no strike.

Syria: One Crisis Too Many

Bob Burnett | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Most Americans believe that Bassar al-Assad is a bad guy and probably used chemical weapons on his people. We feel sorry for the Syrian civilians. But we also feel sorry for working-class Americans who are struggling to keep their heads above water.

'Will We Help Syria? We Will'

Reuters | Posted 11.06.2013 | World

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept 6 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin made clear on Friday that Russia did not want to be sucked into a war over Syria,...

Senate Bill Authorizes Tens of Thousands of Combat Troops In Syria

Jon Soltz | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

There is no such thing as non-combat troops when it comes to Syria. Just being over there constitutes being in a potential combat operation. It constitutes being put into harm's way.

House GOP Freshmen Distrust Obama's Case

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Persuading first-term Republicans in the House is President Barack Obama's toughest sell on military strikes against Syria. Many o...

To Strike or Not to Strike: Why I Am for Limited Missile Strikes in Syria

Ian I. Mitroff | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Ian I. Mitroff

Will missile strikes drive the warring parties to the peace table or will it further inflame both sides?

Obama Group Punts On Syria Strike Vote

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

Organizing for Action, the chief outside lobbying vehicle for President Barack Obama's second-term agenda, is staying out of the debate over authorizi...

Obama's Machiavellian Moment

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

Machiavelli's world, his beloved Florence, was not so different from our own: There were wars and rumors of wars, assassinations, social unrest, and the collusion of unscrupulous rulers with corrupted religion.

"Red Line" Resolutions for the U.S. House of Representatives Before Voting Authorization of War to Overthrow the Government of Syria

David Bromwich | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
David Bromwich

This House desires to obtain a full knowledge of the facts that go to establish whether it should vote for war against the government of Syria.

Amid Battle Cries: One Question

David Freudberg | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
David Freudberg

When all is said and done, when the chain reaction of events from an American strike on Syria has played out, how many more innocent men, women and children will have been killed or injured physically and psychologically? Alternatively, it is fair to ask how many will have been spared?

Russia Issues Warning About Syria Strike

AP | Posted 09.05.2013 | World

VIENNA -- Russia is warning that a U.S. strike on Syria's atomic facilities might result in a nuclear catastrophe and is urging the U.N. to present a ...

What Raoul Wallenberg Can Teach Us About Syria

András Simonyi | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
András Simonyi

Those who oppose some kind of intervention in Syria must answer the following question: What to do about the ongoing atrocities occurring there?

What An American Strike In Syria Could Look Like

The Associated Press | Posted 09.04.2013 | World

One day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made the case for an military strike against Syria in the Senate, America's diplomacy chief repeated ...

Missile Strikes or No Missile Strikes, Syrians Are Desperate

Jeremy Barnicle | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Jeremy Barnicle

Will there be a Western-led missile strike in response? What would such a strike lead to? Regardless of the answers to these questions, one fact is crystal clear: Syrians are going to continue suffering massively, at least in the near-term, and the world is failing to meet their needs.

Amanda Terkel

Joe Wilson's Conspiracy Theory On Why Obama Wants To Strike Syria | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) is very suspicious about why President Barack Obama wants to bomb Syria, not because Wilson doesn't believe the...

Feeling Swiss

Robert Julian | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Robert Julian

Why are elected officials framing the argument that the United States' international reputation will be harmed if we don't drop bombs? Why is it always about us?