Protests Against US Militarism And Attack On Syria

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Protests were held on Saturday, April 14, across the United States and in some countries around the world against US militarism. The protests had a special focus on the US aerial attack on Syria, which occurred the night before. More protests are being held today.

The US aerial bombardment was protested as illegal under the US Constitution and domestic law. The president, under the Constitution, cannot declare war; only Congress has the power to do so. Just a few hours before the attack, 88 members of Congress wrote to President Trump calling for him to bring the issue of Syria to Congress for debate. The bombing was also illegal under international law as the attack was not authorized by the United Nations and the US was not directly attacked.

While Syria received the most attention in the protests, people also protested US threats against Iran, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela, as well as conflicts with Russia and China. People also protested the massive increase in US military spending and the escalation of the arms race, including massive spending on nuclear weapons.

People were urged to participate in the Women’s March on the Pentagon on October 20-21 and the protest against the Trump military parade planned for November 11.

Antwar protest outside the home of Sen. Diane Feinstein. Photo: Paul Kuroda / Special To The Chronicle

  • Aaron1Tovish

    Let’s see how many good folks turn out today, but I am afraid that yesterday’s showing (also of good people) only shows how weak the peace movement is in the United States. What can be done to attract more people to public protests?

  • kevinzeese

    It shows we are rebuilding the peace movement almost from scratch since Obama’s peace rhetoric destroyed it. Even though he expanded wars, he talked peace and confused people.

    Syria has also confused a lot of people. The anti-Assad propaganda and the chemical weapons reporting (which is unproven and makes no sense coming from Assad since Syria had already won in that area) has people propagandized and not sure what to do.

    We build the movement by keep building the movement.

    People should plan on protesting the Trump military parade. Info and sign up here http://www.NoTrumpMilitaryParade.us In october there will be the Women’s March on the Pentagon, which is open to men (both Margaret and I are on the advisory board). Info and sign up at http://www.MarchOnPentagon.com.

  • AlanMacDonald

    Kevin, here’s an idea that could well achieve cooperation, solidarity, unity, and have the people power to address all of the 100+ “ISSUES” that ‘ResistandProtest’ as well as many many other marches, demonstrations, and protests into one unified movement that leverages and multiplies everyone’s efforts to save our country and the world:

    As you say, ‘we are rebuilding the peace movement almost from scratch” — why not start building an overall anti-EMPIRE movement??

    Hell, every “Issue” that you or I (or anyone) could think of from Anti-War, to BLM fighting racism, to universal Health Care, to stopping Wall Street looting, to drone assassinations, to confronting Climate Change disaster, to LGBT rights, to preventing Gun Violence, to saving Science from Emperor Trump’s goons, etc. etc., etc., are all caused by the same damn Disguised Global Capitalist EMPIRE which is running our former country — and each and every “Issue”, and “Symptom Problem” caused by the cancer of EMPIRE can be related into a whole fabric of this ‘blanking empire’..

    EG. With coordinated and complementary protest signs “Science Can’t Exist Under Empire — Just Ask Galileo” “Little Guns Kill Little People Here” and “BIG Weapons Kill Millions Abroad”, etc., etc.,etc.

    With the current diffusion of efforts in hundreds of single issue efforts, the big power of the highly integrated (but well disguised Empire) is just laughing at how easily the Empire can ‘divide and conquer’ — ‘we the people’.

    Think about a focused ‘Strategic Effort” that multiplied the power of each ‘issue’ under the common theme (and reality) woven together with a powerful ‘Strategic Narrative” that can educate and empower everyone under the umbrella of our combined common goals to solve the problem — and not just divide us into separate ‘Issues’.

  • Thumpger 7

    Everyone talks about this RACE problem and says that this RACE problem
    will be over when the third-world pours into EVERY White country and
    ONLY into WHITE countries.

    Everyone says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY White
    country and ONLY White countries to “assimilate,” that is, intermarry,
    with all those non-Whites.

    They’re pushing White genocide!

    They claim they are “anti-racist”, what they are is anti-White

    Anti-racist is a code for anti-White

  • kevinzeese

    What a bizarre comment.

    Thumpger claims “everyone talks” and “everyone says” when the only person saying it him.

    Thumpger is obviously a racist and if he continues to post racist nonsense here he will be blocked,

  • Thumpger 7

    That’s your opinion, but your just saying that because I’m White and your a hateful anti-white who is desperate to justify White Genocide.

  • kevinzeese

    I’m white also. I am not anti-white but I am opposed to racists like you. And, that is why you will no longer be posting on this website.

  • Thumpger 7

    Nobody is flooding EVERY single Black country with millions of non-Blacks then forcing every Black community to integrate/assimilate with all those non-blacks to end a RACE problem. It wouldn’t take long for anyone to realize that means the final solution to the Black problem and you wouldn’t call any sane Black man who protests a ‘racist’.

    You oppose any normal White person speaking out against the Genocide that you support against your own race and nothing is dumber than a White anti-White like yourself. How do you explain treason?

  • Margaret Flowers

    I find your ignorance of history appalling. Do you know what colonialism and imperialism are? Do you know what white Europeans have been doing for centuries? Are you familiar with slavery and the ongoing manifestation of that through policies that deny the accumulation of wealth to black and brown families? Are you aware of mass incarceration and who is impacted by it the most? Do you know that exploitation and genocide of Native Americans is ongoing? Do you know what drives migration? It is mostly imperialism, neoliberalism and the climate crisis, and the US is the worst offender.

    There is no white genocide. That concept was created by racists who are afraid that people are rising up against their racist policies and demanding a world that respects the rights of all people. Racists are afraid that they won’t be the dominators anymore.

    It’s time to grow up and have some courage. Your racist rants and ideologies are not welcome here.

  • Thumpger 7

    So you anti-Whites demand White children must pay for the past by flooding EVERY White country and ONLY White countries with millions of non-Whites then forcing everyone to integrate/assimilate until White people become a minority them scream ‘racistnazi’ at any White people who oppose White Genocide.

    Under international law, Genocide is getting rid of a particular group of people using any means it doesn’t matter if your trying to deny it.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for Anti-white

  • Peter Equals Richman

    I’m white and i REALLY don’t like the way “white” is being used in this Conversation. Please don’t include me in the generalizations in your diatribes.

  • Jon

    Such a unified protest can and should target the empire’s mouth pieces–corporate media, not just march down streets past government buildings. Ridicule the hell out of the liars and their persistent and consistent falsifications. Demolish their credibility–laugh at them!

  • Helga Fellay

    one could try an experiment: cutting off their addictive drug supply, both the street variety and the legal ones enriching Big Pharma. Then shut down all of vapid TV entertainment. Try it for a month, and see if Americans come out of their comatose state and actually notice what’s happening in the world. And perhaps even start to care? But that’s only a silly fantasy of mine, inspired by cynicism.

  • Jon

    Cynicism toward the empire only gets you to first base–a repudiation of the stream of lies. But it is not a strategy for winning. Look at the recent outpourings at Standing Rock, Black Lives Matter, the huge women’s mobilizations, teachers’ strikes, and join the effort.

  • When Kissinger got the Nobel Peach Prize the official labels were exposed as fraudulent for all to see. Were you looking?

  • We whites are going extinct. It’s a done deal. Cafe au lait will be the new color. Maybe they will put the pure whites that are left in zoos to exhibit them?

  • Helga Fellay

    I have been part of the effort for decades. I spend hours a day, 7 days a week, exposing and ridiculing MSM lies and propaganda. I have marched and called and signed and written letters for decades. I have earned the Right to self-indulge in cynicism, because the System doesn’t care about all these things because it knows that we are not united as a nation, because of their well planned, well funded and well organized divisive measures which keep us at each others throats, instead moving as a united people against them with our pitchforks. They know they have nothing to fear from us, as long as they help us organize protests and marches, to find an outlet for our frustrations, making us feel that we are “doing something” when in effect it leads nowhere, and they know it.

  • Jon

    Helga, I truly appreciate your long history of service. I too have been “in struggle” since the mid sixties. Yet again, while cynicism toward the oppressor is totally appropriate, when directed at colleagues, it holds back the people’s efforts, which are once again building (as in the sixties).

  • ConcernForHumanRights

    Margaret and others, Please don’t spend your (I would say precious) time responding to ignorant trolls such as Thumpger. Just let him write and get no response.

  • AlanMacDonald

    Since I can’t see what “Guest” said here, it’s hard to reply with any certainty to your reply to him, Jon.

    I’m just guessing, that ‘Guest’ said something dismissive and perhaps something about Empire, either “being” or “not being” worth talking or acting against?

    If I’m anywhere near where this conversation (or apparently ugly debate) was going — I would at least input, that Empire IS important to understand and thus be able to confront, and I would take offense at any here who think Empire is meaningless, or something to be cynical about.

    IMHO, understanding this Disguised Global Capitalist Empire, which has its foot on all of our throats — and is the hidden cancer that is causing what Gilens and Page are trying to diagnose in “Democracy in America?”, and which Levitsky and Ziblatt are trying to name in their more recent “How Democracies Die”, and even what the Washington Post is trying to reflect in their sub-mast slogan “Democracy Dies in Darkness” IS one and only one thing — EMPIRE!.

    As some of the leading political theorists, historians, sociologists, public intellectuals, and academics proceed to search for “the killing cell” (as Earl Shorris referred to it in his dying article, “American Vespers” in “Harper’s”) it should hopefully be more likely that the name of our metastasizing cancer will be understood in more precise and accurate universally known terms than just flailing around with dozens of imprecise and scattered ‘shots at the truth’ like; plutocracy, oligarchy, fascism, ‘deep state’, totalitarianism, “inverted totalitarianism”, corporate-state, police-state, etc., etc., etc., ad nauseam — and that the true horror of EMPIRE can be understood by enough Americans to overcome and overthrow this most deadly disease in our ‘body politic’.