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No American interest in Syria

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Who wins if our leaders once again take our nation off to war? The rebels who have sworn allegiance to al-Qaida or the brutal dictator whom they oppose?

To be sure, the ongoing humanitarian crisis should be addressed by the global community, but it is our belief that there is no compelling American interest in intervening militarily in the ongoing conflict in Syria. 

The only winners in this war will be the world’s arms manufacturers and Syria’s local grave diggers.

If Syria’s neighbors see fit to intervene, let them make that decision in consultation with their own consciences.

But in a concerted effort, local residents of both Illinois’ 16th and 17th Congressional Districts – representing both Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals – urge our elected officials to oppose any political position which would jeopardize American neutrality in the ongoing Syrian conflict.

We hear the drumbeat for war – but it is a song we know all too well and reject.

Note to readers: The following group members also signed this letter: Occupy Rockford, Rockford Tea Party, Rockford Sons of Liberty, Northern Illinois Progressive Democrats of America, local union members, Green Party members, Northern Illinois Light Brigade, and additional concerned citizens.

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