Syria: Democrats Support Trump’s Illegal Act of War

by David Samuels

This column appears in the April 14 – 21 edition of the Hartford News.

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“I can look at their (Syrian children’s) faces and say, ‘You can’t come here.’ We have a country. I’ll look into their faces.” ~ Candidate Donald Trump in 2016.
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The U.S. military is an extension of the police. U.S. bombs fall on Brown people, police bullets hit Black, Brown and Indigenous people at a disproportionate rate. The U.S. is the biggest arms seller in the world. Today liberals are screaming about Trump; they don’t have anything to say about the equally war mongering Democrats, who cheered for Trump’s air strike in Syria. Hillary Clinton called for an air strike hours before Trump gave the green light. Not surprising – the party hasn’t made a peep about Trump’s proposal to add $54 billion to the U.S. war budget, which is already 54% of the total budget. Meanwhile the Connecticut Democrats continue to prop up the system that protects racist, corrupt, killer cops, while officers who speak up about misconduct and corruption are run off the force. U.S. police kill people at a rate of 70 times more than police in all other ‘first world’ nations.The East Haven Police were at the center of a 2012 racial profiling scandal that made national headlines. Four EHPD officers went to jail, two of them for violating the civil rights of Latinos.
As Attorney General Jeff Sessions seeks to repeal the already feeble sanctions by the Obama Justice Department, targeting police departments such as Ferguson who they found engage in structural racism, the Connecticut Democrats have demonstrated that they have zero interest in providing a state level firewall against the Trump presidency. The Community Party’s police reform legislation has been pushed aside in favor of the cosmetic measures by the so-called Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project, a body of political puppets that includes members of law enforcement, such as Redding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs.The excuse we got for our Trayvon Martin Act being killed by the Judiciary Committee was that it wasn’t supported by the big, bad Republicans, who gained an 18-18 tie in the Senate and narrowed the Democrats’ House majority to 79-72 in November (currently 78-72 due to a vacant seat). However the Democrats have also resisted our legislation since 2010, when they held a large majority in the General Assembly and Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy was elected. Liberals in this state are silent about police brutality, like they were silent about Barack Obama bombing 7 predominantly Muslim countries. Now they’re losing their minds over Trump bombing Syria. Democrats, liberals, you are the reason why Trump is the President of the United States. The Community Party will prepare for the Democrats becoming the minority party in 2018, in addition to losing the Governor’s Mansion. They are their own worst enemy.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, broke ranks with Democrats and criticized Trump’s attack on Syria. “It angers and saddens me that President Trump has taken the advice of war hawks and escalated our illegal regime change war to overthrow the Syrian government. This escalation is short-sighted and will lead to more dead civilians, more refugees, the strengthening of al-Qaeda and other terrorists, and a possible nuclear war between the United States and Russia.

This Administration has acted recklessly without care or consideration of the dire consequences of the United States’ attack on Syria without waiting for the collection of evidence from the scene of the chemical poisoning. If President Assad is indeed guilty of this horrible chemical attack on innocent civilians, I will be the first to call for his prosecution and execution by the International Criminal Court. However, because of our attack on Syria, this investigation may now not even be possible. And without such evidence, a successful prosecution will be much harder.”  

While the corporate media played the Pentagon video of Tomahawk missiles being launched on a continuous loop, and trotted out military industrial complex stooges who praised Trump, the independent media provided the truth. Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, talked to Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman. “What we heard was that (Trump) was motivated by the claim that this was somehow in the U.S. interest, that this was going to protect Americans, which is simply not the case. He made no reference to what it might mean for Syrians. And he referred to it in terms of his own emotions. He was moved by seeing these children that had been killed so horrifically, as I think everybody who saw or heard anything about this attack. But that doesn’t take into account, as we know, the problem of the war that has been waged in Syria and in the region, where the deaths of children have not motivated, either, U.S. officials—the deaths of children in Mosul, the deaths of children across Syria, the deaths of refugee children who are being denied entrance to the United States. The hypocrisy of it from the vantage point of the Trump administration is staggering, an administration that slams the door in the face overwhelmingly of children and women from Syria who are trying desperately to find refuge somewhere. This is something that might actually help some people. I don’t think that an attack on one airfield, unfortunately, is going to change the military balance of forces.
I think what we are seeing is a complete violation of international law by the United States, in the context of other violations that have happened across the war battlefield in Syria, certainly more casualties caused by the regime, but violations of international law on all sides. The claim that somehow Trump’s own emotions give him the right to now violate both domestic law—no consultation with Congress—and international law—no approval from the United Nations—this was an illegal act. This was an act of war. And to say that this is somehow going to make things better for Syrians, I’m afraid that after this, it’s going to get much worse, not better.”
The Middle East foreign policy analysts who appeared on DN stated the obvious (except to the cable news networks): neither Trump nor Russian President Vladmir Putin care about the Syrian people. Syria is Russia’s client state and Trump messed with it. Syria is on a U.S. neocon Middle East regime change hit list, that was drafted after 9/11.

Neocon ‘Chaos Promotion’ in the Mideast

The Democrats and Republicans are two wings of the same corporate controlled war party. The Connecticut Democrats are a burning house. People of color, public sector workers and others who have been abused and betrayed by this party need to get out. Let them burn down to the ground.
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