BCSIPC Statement on April 13th 2018 U.S.-U.K.-France Missile Attack on Syria

The BCSIPC member groups and individuals attending a peace meeting in Kelowna on April 14th 2018, condemn the joint U.S.-U.K.-France missile attack on the Arab Republic of Syria on April 13th 2018. The attack overrides the will of the people of Syria and their choice of government. The Arab Republic of Syria is a member state of the United Nations. The U.S.-U.K.-France attack was an illegal act of aggression under the terms of the UN Charter.

The attack took place as the war was ending and a diplomatic path to peace for the people of Syria and all countries involved was appearing.

The attack occurred when the UN agency, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was en route to Damascas to investigate an alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Douma [1]  and to determine whether or not chemical weapons had been used. BCSIPC is disappointed and dismayed that the joint U.S. – U.K.- France attack interfered with the OPCW investigation and took place before it could begin its work and report its findings to the UN.

The U.S.- U.K.- France aggression was carried out in spite of Russian government warnings it would retaliate against any attacks on its military forces, in Syria at the invitation of the Syrian government to fight terrorists. The fight against terrorists is ostensibly also the goal of the U.S. government that also has military forces in Syria. The attack ran the risk of a military confrontation between nuclear powers.

Prime Minister Trudeau was briefed by the U.S. government of its intention to attack Syria and gave his full support. [2]  By giving full uncritical support to the joint U.S., British, French action, the Canadian government waived the opportunity to act independently of U.S. foreign and military policy and weakened the Prime Minister’s stated policy of not committing Canada’s military to the conflict in Syria.

Canadian government support for the U.S. – led coalition attack on Syria does nothing to hasten the end of the war and reduce war tensions in adjoining countries, and makes Canada complicit in a violation of international law.

We call upon our government and all MP’s to uphold Canada’s responsibilities as a member state of the United Nations, to actively promote and support all diplomatic actions and initiatives to end the war and permit the people of Syria to live in peace, rebuild their country and decide their own future without outside interference.

Contacts:

Laura Savinkoff:  BCSIPC Coordinator:

Grand Forks and area.

Phone:  250 412 0434

Email: l4peace@telus.net

Mark Haley:  BCSIPC Contact

Kelowna and area

Phone: Phone : 1 (250) 860-6108

Email: marcos@uniserve.com

Don Currie: BCSIPC Contact

West Kootenays and area

Phone: 250 355 2669

Email:  syldon@telus.net

[1] https://www.opcw.org/news/article/opcw-will-deploy-fact-finding-mission-to-douma-syria/

 

[2] http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/syria-attack-chemical-weapons-trudeau-1.4619883

Say NO! to Imperialism’s War on Syria

The Canadian Peace Congress unequivocally condemns the brazen aggression of the United States, Britain and France against the Syrian Arab Republic on April 14. These imperialist powers launched over 100 cruise and other missiles at three alleged but unproven chemical weapons facilities in Damascus and Homs, under the pretext of punishing Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma, on the outskirts of the capital city. This military assault, without the prior approval of the Security Council, was a gross, undeniable violation of the UN Charter and international law. It has been roundly condemned by many countries around the world, and has created divisions within the NATO bloc itself. Once again, these NATO powers – led by U.S. imperialism – arrogantly assign themselves not only the role of the ‘world policeman’, but also that of
‘judge, jury and executioner’ on behalf of all humanity. French President Emmanuel Macron incredibly argued that because these three states have permanent seats in the Security Council, their aggression was ‘legal’. One wonders if he even heard of – much less read – the UN Charter. Once again, they have dragged out the discredited doctrine of the “Responsibility to Protect” (RoP) in order to justify flaunting international law to serve their own interests, as they did previously against Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya
and elsewhere. Once again, they claim to have “solid evidence” to back up their allegation that the Syrian government and armed forces used chemical weapons against its own citizens. And yet, these NATO powers have not provided a single shred of  real evidence to prove their allegations, relying instead on photos and video clips provided by the notoriously pro-jihadist, Western-financed and directed “White Helmets” group. Indeed, this missile attack came six hours before the OPCW’s fact-finding mission arrived in Syria to begin its onsite investigation in Douma. Why was this aggression launched before this OPCW inspection? Was it to pre-empt revelations that the alleged Douma chemical attack was a sham? Once again, Western mainstream news services act as an uncritical mouthpiece – a corporatecontrolled echo chamber – for this interventionist
‘regime change’ strategy, silencing any perspective, analysis or factual revelation that challenges or contradicts the dominant discourse on the Syrian conflict.
The Real Motives for this Attack
There has been wide speculation internationally about the real motivations behind this illegal and unjustified aggression. Some suggest that it serves to distract domestic public attention from the continuing difficulties facing the respective government elites in the U.S. Britain and France, and to bolster their sagging political fortunes at home. Others argue this aggression is nothing more than another ‘fundraiser’ to justify and further increase their bloated military budgets. Still others point to an attempt to divert world attention from the most recent atrocities of the Israeli regime, killing dozens of unarmed protesters in Gaza, and injuring hundreds more. No doubt all of these objectives played a role in spurring this attack. The primary motivation however lies elsewhere. The simple, inescapable fact is that the strategy waged by U.S. imperialism and its NATO allies, and supported by Saudi Arabia, the reactionary Gulf States, Turkey, and Israel, to overthrow the duly-elected Assad government in Syria has been an abject failure. The conflict in Syria – now well into its eighth year – was never a ‘civil war’ at all, but rather a cynical
attempt at “regime change” with the intent of carving up Syria into smaller mini-states which could be more easily dominated and exploited. As many as 400,000 have perished and millions more internally displaced and/or forced into exile as a result of this foreign-financed and orchestrated war. But the Syrian people have persevered, the jihadist terrorists (ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and related groups) have been systematically defeated, and the
country’s sovereignty and independence defended. The US and its allies however refuse to recognize this reality. They are desperately searching for any pretext to maintain their ‘proxy war’ on Syria and their illegal presence inside the country (including more than 2,000 US troops and over 5,000 paramilitary “private contractors”) which clearly violates Syria’s sovereignty. Israel has stepped up its direct aggression as well, and Saudi Arabia has just offered to send its own military forces into Syria to “protect US-held” occupied territories inside the country. This is the real underlying strategy driving the propaganda ‘war’ and military attacks on Syria.
Canada’s Role
Sadly, Prime Minister Trudeau supports this aggressive and illegal attack that threatens to ignite further destruction and possible direct confrontation with Russia and Iran as well. The Peace Congress condemns this dangerous policy and calls on the Canadian government to end its support for foreign aggression, illegal occupation, and the ‘proxy’ war which has been waged for more than seven years to overthrow the legitimate government of Syria. More than ever, Canada needs an independent foreign policy based on peace, disarmament, and respect for international law, not on the promotion of war and aggression. We further demand that Canada: accept the will of the Syrian people to
determine their own future without foreign interference in accordance with the UN Charter, and formally withdraw from the US-led military coalition in Syria and Iraq; end the economic sanctions on Syria that punish ordinary Syrians by driving up the price of essentials, and block the flow of remittances; reopen the Syrian embassy in Ottawa and normalize diplomatic relations with the internationally recognised Syrian government; commit funding for the peaceful reconstruction of that once-beautiful country that has been devastated by years of foreign imposed war; and cancel all military contracts with Saudi Arabia – materiel which is then channelled to terrorist groups in Syria, and used in the continuing “dirty war” on the people of Yemen, and on its own oppressed national
minorities The Canadian Peace Congress conveys its internationalist solidarity with the government and people of Syria in their heroic struggle against terrorism, and in defence of their homeland. And we urge all peace-loving individuals and organizations across Canada to re-double efforts to end all foreign intervention, and to support a just, negotiated resolution ending this ghastly war, one which fully recognizes the unity, independence and territorial integrity of Syria.

Hands Off Syria!

Issued by the Executive of the Canadian Peace Congress, April 19, 2018

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Canadian Voice of Women for Peace Statement on Syria Attacks

14/04/2018

CANADIAN VOICE OF WOMEN FOR PEACE (VOW) REPORT

submitted by Hannah Hadikin, Board member.

Activities since October 2017.

VOW’s work on climate change and global warming continues through VOW membership in the Climate Action Network and support of ClimateFast. ClimateFast is a not-for-profit group striving to build political will and to persuade parliamentarians to work toward urgent and substantial action on climate change. On the first of each month some VOW members fast in solidarity with the international Fast for Climate organization. In fasting, folks reflect on the plight of people affected by catastrophic climate change caused by rising greenhouse gas emissions, and thereby strengthening the resolve to call for action.  VOWs position is that through mutual efforts, communities and governments can transition to a renewable energy and sustainable future.

VOW sent a letter tothe Canadian government urging to petition Israel to immediately release from prison the 16-year-old Palestinian girl who was arrested and detained.  Ahed Tamimi slapped a heavily armed Israeli soldier, upon learning that soldiers had shot her little cousin in the face shattering his skull. VOW advocates for human security for all and calls on Israel to abide by International law in the treatment of both children and adults.

VOW opposed the government imposing sanctions against Venezuela, under the Special Economic Measures Act of September 5th which formed a special association with the US. These measures are unjust and ill-informed and should be rescinded. The measures hurt the Venezuelan people, violating human rights and international law.  These measures further impede dialogue and peace-building in both Venezuela and the region.   A petition to the Canadian government was launched by a group of concerned Canadian who oppose this measure.  The petition was on the VOW website, for several months open for signature until March 25, 2018.  The petition must be considered by the government within 45 days of that closing.

VOW co-chair Lyn Adamson, along with other VOW members joined women delegates from five countries for the Women’s Forum on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula.  The Forum was in conjunction with the January 16 Summit held in Vancouver. The delegates gathered in solidarity to promote a peaceful resolution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, which can only be achieved through genuine engagement, constructive dialogue and mutual cooperation.

Recommendations to the Foreign Ministers from the delegates can be found on:

http://vowpeace.org/statement-of-the-vancouver-womens-forum-on-peace-and-security-on-the-korean-peninsula/.

VOW continues to advocate for Canada to sign the Nuclear Ban Treaty. Several actions have been under taken in different cities across the country, along with VOW  lobbying of parliamentarians.

Once again, this year several women joined the VOW contingent in attending the Commission the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN.  It always proves to be a great learning experience for first time attendees at the various CSW sessions over the span of a two-week period.  Two young women’s narrative –Violette and Emily—describe their experience:   http://vowpeace.org/.  This past year

VOW’s AwardsBanquet—Celebrating Women Who make a Difference– was held in Toronto in conjunction with International Women’s Day. This annual event honours women with awards for peace writings, peace activism, peace education and youth peace leadership. In the words of Dr. Linda Hill, a recipient of the peace education award:“Canadian Voice of Women for Peacehas tirelessly advocated to create the mutual respect and understanding necessary for the peaceful resolution of international conflict for over 55 years. Their work and research on peace and women’s issues locally, nationally, and internationally, especially with the United Nations provides a means for women to exercise responsibility for the promotion of world peace and justice through education, advocacy, democracy, and co-operation. “This past year has seen a global movement for women’s justice, rights, empowerment, equality and a united voice against sexualharassment, sexual abuse, violence, intimidation and discrimination, unlike anything in most peoples’ memories. Women seized the opportunity to assert their power, share their stories, and to break the silence about abuses of male privilege and dominance.  The #MeToo movement spurred women towards boldness and permission to be courageous in breaking the silence. Headlines about sexual harassment, physical, emotional and psychological abuse, reverberated through workplaces and institutions from entertainment to academia, from law enforcement to peace keeping, from sport to cyber bullying. Public discourse reached a fevered pitch as the tsunami of allegations rocked politics, media, and society at large.

In addition to the collective work of VOW board members, individually each member of the board commits endless hours to actions and education about building cultures of peace, sharing information about the militarisation of society and the how the military is the worst climate culprit or pressing for progress in improving the livelihoods of women’s lives locally.

It is the responsibility of all of us who advocate for social justice, human rights and peace to be equally as dedicated to pledge to do everything we can to overcome entrenched prejudice of patriarchy, racism, sexism, and support all efforts which promote women’s equality, women’s empowerment and women’s diversity and inclusion in all aspects of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Peace Council Statement on Syria Attacks

STATEMENT OF CONDEMNATION OF THE IMPERIALIST AGGRESSION AGAINST SYRIA

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The World Peace Council (WPC) denounces vehemently today’s morning criminal raid by the imperialists of the USA, Great Britain and France against Syria. The bombing of Syrian targets on the pretext of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Army in the east of the capital, which was once more never confirmed, took place only a few days after Syria prevailed over armed mercenaries in East Ghouta and the evacuation of the area which began to return to relative normality.

The hasty imperialist attack with more than 100 missiles, and with the USA-Britain-France, claiming themselves role of “prosecutors, judges and punishers”, is provoking the peace-loving feelings of the overwhelming majority of the peoples of the world, and underlines the real goal of the imperialists which is the realization of their plan for a “New Middle East”, to control the sources and roads of energy, spheres of influence and markets, with the violent change of governments and the establishment of friendly regimes.
The WPC did never have the slightest doubt about the goals of the imperialists in the Middle East. We note in particular that the current missile attack against Syria has been tolerated and supported by NATO and the EU, organisms that before the attack and after it in their first statements agree with the context, spirit and substance of the barbaric imperialist assault.
The WPC expresses its firm solidarity and support with the Syrian people, who have been confronted with the imperialist plans for seven years, and calls on the members and friends of the WPC to mobilize and condemn the aggression against Syria and to be vigilant for possible future attacks.

No in the imperialist aggression in Syria
No in the imperialist wars

Long live the internationalist solidarity of the peoples!

World Peace Council

Athens 14th April 2018