As President Obama and some members of Congress attempted to push the United States into yet another overseas intervention in September 2013 in Syria, the American people woke up, and pushed back. Protests were held in cities across the nation, Congressional phone lines were flooded, anti-intervention editorials inundated social media, and town hall meetings of local representatives were packed with angry crowds demanding that Congress resist our stumbling into another quagmire that had nothing to do with our national defense.
The administration simply didn’t have the votes, and polls showed overwhelming disfavor for plans to strike Syria – this was a victory of the American people. The episode also showed that common Americans still remember the lessons of Iraq, and took note of recent blowback in Libya -making them increasingly aware of the short sightedness, institutional ignorance, and dangerous ideology of the Washington elites that strive to push the country into unnecessary wars.
Americans are increasingly waking up to the jingoism of elites in both the media and political establishments. With Syria, the American masses seemed to peer behind the curtain for just a moment and exposed how the game is played:
Naturally, the common people don’t want war… That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
On this site we will seek to zoom in on these events in the history of America’s foreign policy with all it’s ugliness, contradictions, and horror, especially in the Middle East. Why? Well, because the search for truth, whatever the cost, is the soul’s one true path. We do it because we refuse to be that man described by Solzhenitsyn who sees the crimes of the state and remains silent and thus must say to himself: “I am in the herd, and a coward. It’s all the same to me as long as I’m fed and warm”.
We must look carefully at what our government has done to other countries in our name and ask ourselves is this: what makes us exceptional, special, or chosen? Is this the legacy we want to leave our children and grandchildren? We hope that as you “zoom in” you, too, will see that in your name and with your tax dollars, atrocities, massacres, and crimes against humanity, all those things that contradict the very fiber of what it means to be American, have been carried out by those at the very top of our government. With that knowledge we hope you will join us in peacefully standing up and saying to the U.S. government, “Up to here, and no more. Not in my name. Not with my taxes.”
Again, that is precisely what occurred in September 2013, when literally millions of Americans and citizens of countries all over the globe stood up in peaceful resistance to a blatantly fraudulent cry for war against the already beleaguered and suffering Syrian people. We hope that this moment will not die down, but instead spread to every corner of this country. Our small efforts have not been in vain, even in the areas of Texas where the war hawks have traditionally found ready support and fodder.
While the mainstream media was readying the public for war, a couple of dozen committed East Texas folks banded together to protest the war on Syria, and despite our small size, we made a huge splash in the newspapers and the local news channels. More importantly, we got people rethinking foreign policy and asking very fundamental questions that cut to the heart of the problem with America’s foreign policy: Qui bono? Who benefits from all of our wars, violence, drone strikes, targeted assassinations, and covert operations? If there is a silver lining in the Syria crises, it is that the whole world saw who the beneficiaries of American foreign policy are…. who they always are: The enemies of peace, radicals, fundamentalists, terrorists, tyrants, and megalomaniacs.
We hope you will join us on this difficult journey. It will not be easy, but if we are to even hope for peace for our children, and our children’s children, this is the only path open to us. Again, Solzhenitsyn said it best:
So you will not be the first to take this path, but will join those who have already taken it. This path will be easier and shorter for all of us if we take it by mutual efforts and in close rank. If there are thousands of us, they will not be able to do anything with us. If there are tens of thousands of us, then we would not even recognize our country.