Wilmington Peace Group protests US involvement in Syria

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Submitted: Mon, 09/02/2013 - 3:06am
Updated: Mon, 09/02/2013 - 12:54pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the President prepares to seek approval from congress before taking action in Syria, people around the world are weighing in, and that includes right here in the port city. The Wilmington Peace Group held a rally today in protest of U.S. involvement in Syria.

Protesters braved the heat, and took to the streets to urge government officials to steer clear of Syria. They say they want peace, not war.

“This is not our fight,” Steve Lee, organizer of the Wilmington Peace Group said.

“To create more death and destruction, is not going to be the answer to death and destruction,” protestor Jay Vics said.

For two long hours, under the hot summer sun, protestors stood on the corner of Oleander Drive and South College Road to raise awareness, and tell state leaders to stay out of Syria.

“We’re here today to raise consciousness for the people of Wilmington, to attract those that already feel the same way we do that violence should not be met with further violence,” Lee said.

Vics says he hopes the rally will get people fired up.

“Let’s let the people in Wilmington that are too afraid to turn on the news, or would rather watch American Idol, just let them know that something important is happening here, and feel free to join us if you’re outraged, as outraged as we are,” Vics explained.

Lee says he hopes that rage will turn into action.

“Hopefully spoke people to action to contact Congressman McIntyre and Senator Kay Hagen to vote against any US involvement in Syria,” Lee said.

In a statement, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) said, “It is shocking and deplorable that the Assad regime would use chemical weapons on its own people, and the international community cannot allow this to happen without serious consequences. I believe seeking Congressional authority is the appropriate way forward. Without putting American troops on the ground, the atrocities in Syria require a strong response that will prevent them from happening again and ensure that Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile does not fall into the hands of terrorists and further destabilize the Middle East.”

Late Sunday night Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) also released a statement on Syria.

“It is the constitutional responsibility of Congress to provide for the common defense of our citizens, our communities and our country.

“The recent actions in Syria raise very serious concerns regarding the use of chemical weapons, and it is appropriate that any potential military response be discussed with and debated by Congress,” said McIntyre, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “As this debate moves forward, the important question to be answered is whether our involvement in a foreign country’s civil war meets the threshold of endangering our own national security.”

We tried contacting Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Rep. Walter Jones (R-3rd District) to see what they have to say about US involvement in Syria, but we have yet to hear back.

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30 Comments on "Wilmington Peace Group protests US involvement in Syria"

2015 years 8 months ago

Mr. T,

Article 1 Section 8 is the right place to look, because the intention was that the list of delegated powers (powers delegated to the federal government from the states) was to be an exhaustive list. Of course, the government (as governments do) have usurped power that was not intended to be delegated to them.

At any rate, the section concerning “the laws of nations” was put in place because of piracy, which was a problem at the time of the drafting of the Constitution. In fact, one of the country’s earliest foreign engagement was with the Barbary Pirates. However, those pirates were utterly lawless, and not a government entity. The Barbary Pirates were specifically attacking American shipping, and were therefore a threat to vital US interests.

In the case of the Syrian conflict, it is a civil war. To make matters worse, both sides of the conflict are anti-American. We can have sympathy for lives lost in the conflict, but we must also be mindful that more lives will be lost with a “limited strike”, which would naturally result in the loss of civilian lives. There are numerous acts that we find abhorrent, but it is not the role of the U.S. government to seek out monsters to destroy (in the words of John Quincy Adams). This sentiment was very much in keeping with President Washington, who made it clear in his farewell address (which should be required reading in schools, as it used to be) that we should avoid entangling alliances and keep away from foreign conflicts that do not involve us.

Hasn’t the country seen enough of useless wars in the past 12 years (we could certainly go back much further than that, in fact)–a trademark of the current and previous administration?

We have heard of a sequester, and threats of cutting basic functions of government, but yet they will find a way to fund yet another unnecessary intervention into a purely local matter that does not concern us, and has no vital U.S. interest. At some point, some common sense has got to be injected into American foreign policy.

2015 years 8 months ago

While technically correct your assessment disregards the impact a strike would have on our relations with other countries. You also said:
“The fact that many people place little value on certain life, like the Syrian people, is sad since our Declaration says all men are created equal.”
That is in fact OUR declaration of independence – not Syria’s. If you read the early documents of our founding fathers they were loathe to intervening in any foreign disputes.
Remember the area where Syria is located and the influences of religions in that area with Shia’s and Sunnis being the majority of people in that area.
While the President COULD intervene, legally, Americans for the most part are tired of policing the world, and are war weary. At this point many Americans are “Palinesque” in their view – let them kill each other and have Allah sort through it all out. While that view is an anathema to me as Christian it is unfortunately how many feel.


2015 years 8 months ago

It wasn’t okay when the GOP sanctioned the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is not okay now. This is an issue not supported by the Constitution and any politician who supports it is once again breaking his oath of office.

2015 years 8 months ago

Where in the Constitution is the federal government allowed to police the world and interfere in the business of another country?

2015 years 8 months ago

You people are crazy and have no idea what you are advocating; nor do you have any idea of those who oppose this war. It is the hippies who are trying to go to war, since their demigod is the one promoting it. All of the people pounding their chest against Syria are the same libs who wanted to bring Bush in for war crimes. By condoning this war, you completely abdicate any Constitutional authority over this country. That’s not an opinion – that is a fact. Many people much more intelligent than you saw to it to design a national military for our nation’s defense – not as a conquering force to “punish” those who don’t behave as we would within their own borders. Assad does not pose a threat to us in any way – unless we strike first. Obama is a reckless idiot that has forced his way into the big boy sandbox, and has no clue what he’s doing.