Prevent Syria from Using Chemical Weapons on Civilians

Chemical weapons used in Halabja Iraq March 1988

Target: UN Security Council
Goal: Take action to prevent Syria from using chemical weapons on civilians.

Recent news reports have revealed that Syria has loaded chemicals for sarin gas onto bombs, and is prepared to launch chemical attacks upon the order of President Bashar al-Assad. Western intelligence agencies report that chemical weapons are being moved from storage facilities and prepared for deployment. Syria is known to possess hundreds, possibly thousands of tons of sarin, tabun, VX and mustard gas. The use of these weapons against civilian populations would result in an unprecedented slaughter on a scale not seen since World War I or the Iran-Iraq war.

The Syrian Civil War has been raging for almost two years and has already resulted in more than 40,000 dead, 1.2 million displaced and 500,000 refugees. The Syrian military under the orders of President Bashar al-Assad has had no qualms about using tanks, artillery, and gunships, to indiscriminately bombard urban areas heedless of the collateral damage to civilian populations. Most worryingly Major-General Adnan Sillu of the Syrian military said shortly before his defection that he had been involved in high-level talks for the use of chemical weapons against the city of Aleppo. With their escalating use of force unable to suppress the rebels, it appears that the Syrian government and Syrian military are now contemplating the unthinkable, the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction against civilian populations.

Sign the petition to urge to members of the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution making clear that Syria using chemical weapons against its own people would be considered unacceptable and may result in action to neutralize their weapons stockpile. In 1988 Saddam Hussein used sarin gas to kill 5,000 Kurds in Halabja, the horror of chemical warfare must never be allowed to occur again in Syria. The United Nations and civil society have a responsibility to protect innocent civilians from atrocity, massacre, and genocide. A clear line in the sand must be drawn to prevent an unspeakable tragedy from occurring.

PETITION LETTER

Dear UN Security Council Member State,

I am gravely concerned about the deteriorating situation in Syria which may result in the use of chemical weapons. The Syrian Civil War has already dragged on for almost two years with 40,000 dead, 1.2 million displaced and 500,000 refugees. The Syrian military has a demonstrated disregard for civilian casualties. Most worryingly recent news reports have revealed that Syria is preparing to use its large stockpile of chemical weaponry including sarin, tabun, VX and mustard gas against civilians.

The world was exposed to the horror of chemical warfare during World War I, the Iran-Iraq War, and Saddam Hussein’s gassing of the Kurds. The United Nations was formed to protect the world from the terrible mistakes of the past. The Security Council has a responsibility to protect innocent civilians caught in the crossfire of a terrible conflict. The Security Council must pass a resolution making clear to Syria that it’s usage of chemical weapons would be considered unacceptable and that members of the Security Council are willing to take action to neutralize Syria’s weapon stockpile.

It is only through proactive measures that a terrible human tragedy can be avoided.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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