Halifax: Hands off Syria! Oppose US air strikes!

Picket • Saturday, April 8 at 1pm • Victoria Park • Halifax, NS (Spring Garden Road and South Park Street)

On April 6th, the 100th anniversary of the American entry into World War One, the US launched missile strikes against Syria.

About 60 tomahawk cruise missiles were launched by the USS Porter and the USS Ross against the Ash Sha’irat airbase near Homs in Syria. The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, forward based at Naval Station Rota, Spain, are part of the US Navy’s 6th fleet.

All the mainstream media are reporting as a fact that the Syrian government is responsible for a chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province which is reported to have killed at least 70 people. To use this tragedy to escalate US aggression and pressure for regime change is a dangerous, illegal and immoral act.

What do we know about this chemical attack? Khan Sheikhun is controlled by Al Nusra, an Al Qaeda affiliate. Al Nusra is known to have used chemical weapons in the past.

Syrian Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad has said that a few weeks ago, the Syrian government provided the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with information on the transporting of toxic substances into Syria by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization, affirming that Syria stands against using chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, and under any circumstances.

In an interview with the Lebanese network al-Mayadeen TV on Tuesday, Mikdad indicated that over the past few weeks, the Syrian government has provided the OPCW and the UN with documented reports on transporting toxic substances into Syria and storing them to do such an act by the terrorist organizations including Jabhat al-Nusra, pointing out that these documents were obtained by the OPCW and the UN Security Council.

The OPCW is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which aims to eliminate an entire category of weapons of mass destruction by prohibiting the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention, transfer or use of chemical weapons by States Parties.

No western power including Canada has even called for an investigation and the fact that Syria asked the OPCW to investigate the use of chemical weapons has been completely covered up. This attack on the Syrian armed forces is but the latest such atrocity of the US war machine. In October the US killed and wounded over 160 Syrian soldiers who were defending the city of Deir Ezzor against Daesh/ISIS, which demonstrated yet again direct U.S. support for this “Islamist” reincarnation of the U.S.-created Al-Qaeda.

The cruise missile attack comes after 1,000 U.S. ground troops invaded Syria in the past few weeks with another 1,500 expected to enter soon after. This action constitutes an escalation of the six-year campaign of the US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel to remove the Assad government as the last remaining secular government in the Middle East.

US wars of aggression have always been accompanied by rabid pro-war propaganda of the US corporate media, from the time of the Maine incident which was used by the Hearst chain to create popular support for the Spanish-American War in 1898, to the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964 which the US used to escalate its war against Vietnam, to the stories of alleged weapons of mass destruction used to justify the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. We urge people to remain calm, seek truth from facts, and find their bearings in these troubling times.

No Harbour For War calls on everyone to join the picket on Saturday to oppose this reckless act of aggression by Donald Trump and US imperialism. Far from endorsing Prime Minister Trudeau’s and Foreign Minister Freeland’s “full support” for this violation of International Law, let us show that Canadians want our country to be a factor for peace in the world

Speak Out.. Bring a sign, a friend and demonstrate your opposition to this aggression.

For further information, contact noharbourforwar@hotmail.com

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