A Letter to Congress re Syria
I hadn’t planned to continue the Syrian war discussion, but yesterday Betsy and I decided to communicate with the Arizona contingent in the House and Senate and several Senators in other states with whom we’ve had contact in the past. The message we sent follows;
“Dear ___________ :
“Betsy and I want you to know that we oppose any U. S. military action in Syria under the present circumstances. Such action will further harm the already savaged civilian population and gain support for Assad from our many enemies around the world. It’s ridiculous to view the proposed bombing as “punishing” Assad. Now that he’s moved the gas and other armaments to schools, hospitals and residences our bombing is militarily meaningless. One person the bombing will not hit is Assad himself.
“President Obama’s submission of his plans to Congress is the correct legal and moral approach to this matter. While we urge you to listen and consider all the information provided, in the absence of salient facts or events that have not been disclosed to date, we urge you to vote against military action or supplying weapons to the combatants. This conflict is now a religious war between Sunni and Shia fundamentalists. We do not and cannot control the weakening democratic oriented revolutionaries and the jihadist oriented revolutionaries are our inveterate enemies. Victory by either Assad or the fundamentalists will increase the civilian tragedy in Syria and surrounding countries.
“We do believe that the U. S. should cooperate with other nations (including those we don’t “like”), the U. N. and other international organizations to achieve a broad-based cease fire and provide humanitarian aid to civilians in Syria and adjacent countries that have suffered from this conflict. We find the pressure exerted on Congress in this matter by organizations such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that do not have the interests of the U. S. as their primary concern particularly offensive.
“I am a former member of our armed services and a Korean War veteran.
“Frank & Betsy Iventosch Babb”