Green Candidate calls for non-intervention in Syria

Christina_Lugo.jpg    Christina Lugo, the Pacific Green Party candidate for US Senate, responding to proposals from both congress and the White House for bombing ISIS in Syria, has called for non-intervention, saying that retaliation for the beheading of journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff would serve the interests of ISIS, rather than those of the American people.  

"As hideous as the crimes were, and as deeply as they have affected me personally and emotionally, I believe that it does not serve the interests of peace and it will not do justice to their deaths to take steps towards war with Syria," Lugo said.  Full release available under the fold.

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September 10, 2014

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Green Senate Candidate Calls for Non-intervention in Syria

Christina Lugo, the Pacific Green Party candidate for US Senate,  responding to proposals from both congress and the White House for bombing ISIS in Syria, has called for non-intervention, saying that retaliation for the beheading of journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff would serve the interests of ISIS, rather than those of the American people.  

"As hideous as the crimes were, and as deeply as they have affected me personally and emotionally, I believe that it does not serve the interests of peace and it will not do justice to their deaths to take steps towards war with Syria," Lugo said.

"ISIS is not an imminent threat to US national security interests and drawing the US into a larger war in the middle east is actually a goal of ISIS," Lugo said in calling for an alternative to war and bombing.  "The United States is actually responsible for the current crisis in the former Iraq and has played a large role in developments in Syria.  The main responsibility the United States has right now is not to make the situation worse by becoming involved in another unwanted middle east war."

In 2003 the United States invaded Iraq - there was no declaration of war, as that requires Congress - under the pretext that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, which were never found.  The resulting war and occupation led to over a quarter of a million deaths, including the deaths of thousands of US soldiers and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of non-combatants ,and to the complete disintegration of Iraqi society.  Now, with a fractured and desolated Iraq, some seasoned military survivors of the first war are calling for a renewed Islamic state in disputed territories.

The New York Times calls the stance of non-intervention "isolationism", but candidate Christina Lugo does not agree, "What is needed in the former Iraq and Syria is a different approach not based in continued bombing and devastation.  The US believes that it can solve this horrible mess it has created by doing more of the same, but really we are only digging a hole deeper and deeper that we can't get out of, sucked into a never ending war in the middle east.  There are solutions out there, but they all involve time and not bombing and murdering people."

"Americans do not want another war," Lugo said, "They want hope and they want a way out, which involves valuing peace and diplomacy, supporting local and community and national rights of countries to their own sovereignty.  The United States has been spending nearly a trillion dollars every year on endless war. Imagine what we can accomplish at home with those dollars.  It is not the time to get sucked into another middle east war.  It is time to support diplomacy and non-intervention and give the people of the middle east time to recover from the damage we have wreaked on their society."

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