Trump: No More Military Intervention in Syria

Target: Donald J. Trump, President of the United States

Goal: Demand the immediate stop of missile attacks in Syria and a plan for diplomatic alternatives to the conflict.

The United States has carried out a missile strike in Syria, in response to the recent Syrian government’s chemical weapons attack. Though Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has perpetrated a disgraceful act to his own people, the unilateral decision of President Trump does not bring a long-term solution to the instability in the Middle East or guarantee an end to terrorism and authoritarianism. Intervention by the United States might also jeopardize relationships with Russia, raising the fearful prospects of a global military conflict.

Syria has been in a war since 2011, when protests inspired by the Arab Spring were hit by a harsh crackdown by Assad’s government. An internal dispute for power has been in place in Syria since 2012, and nationalist factions, terrorist groups, pro-Assad forces, and international actors have been testing each other’s strengths and competing to impose their interests on the region. The tug of war between the different forces in Syria resulted in one of the worst humanitarian crises in history and huge refugee contingents. The use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government goes back to 2013, but none of those previous attacks led the United States to pursue a sustainable solution to the conflict in the region. The United States has not yet sought direct negotiations with Assad’s administration that do not use the Syrian conflict as leverage to either undermine Syria’s ally, Russia, or prioritize America’s economic interests.

President Trump executed a war move without congressional approval, and this recent U.S. air strike could lead the country back to disastrous military engagement in a very complex political situation. There are other alternatives to war and bombing, such as the expansion of humanitarian programs, implementation of an extensive refugee program, and profound diplomatic negotiations. Demand that no more military intervention take place in Syria and that the United States commit to an alternative, long-term solution to this terrible conflict.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. President,

I completely disapprove of your decision to launch air strikes in Syria without congressional approval. This recent U.S. air strike could lead our country back to disastrous military engagement in the Middle East, not unlike the war in Iraq that you criticized so heavily during your presidential campaign.

You’ve claimed that this counterattack was motivated by an emotional response to the horrific sight of innocent Syrians, including children, dying slow and painful deaths after the chemical attack. While an emotional response is understandable, it is also contradictory to your previous attitudes toward Syrian refugees. These innocent Syrians are no different than the refugees you have banned from entering the U.S.

The Assad regime should be strongly opposed, and there are no excuses for his horrific acts. However, a path to peace cannot be built on war, violence, and death. I urge you to engage entirely with diplomatic, strategic, and humanitarian alternatives to this conflict and envision a plan of action that does not involve more belligerent and impulsive aggression.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Jordi Bernabeu Farrús

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2 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    this is horrid!

  2. Trump attacked Syria without ANY proof whatsoever that Assad caused this chemical attack. He did not want it to be investigated first. This indicates a serious lack in his ability to make sound and responsible judgements, and a childish impetuosity that is extremely endangering to the citizens in Syria and anywhere else Trump should have the whim to attack.
    I think he’s a ticking time bomb himself.

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