Chantier Politique

April 8, 2017

English Edition, No. 10

No U.S. Air Strikes Against Syria!
Hands Off Syria!

Hands Off Syria!
Oppose U.S. Air Strikes!


Montreal, April 9
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Norman Bethune Square
Guy Street and De Maisonneuve Blvd W.
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On the night of April 6, the U.S. committed a criminal act by launching missiles on Syrian military targets. Fifty-nine Tomahawk missiles were launched from two U.S. warships stationed in the Mediterranean against the Shayrat military base in Syria, hitting the landing strip, an airplane and a fuel reservoir. The military base played a significant role in Syrian army efforts to liberate cities in the centre as well as to the north and the east under the control of ISIL, in the important battles of Palmyra, Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.

The pretext used was a chemical weapons attack that President Trump and his followers declared to be the "indisputable" responsibility of Syria, which is clearly false and has not been proven. It brings to mind the "weapons of mass destruction" lie that was used to attack Iraq in 2003.

Trump called on "all civilized nations" to join the U.S. in "seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, stating, "Years of previous attempts at changing Assad's behavior have all failed."

Even though Justin Trudeau said right after the attack that he would wait for the results of an investigation into the origin of the attack, he changed his mind following the briefing received by the Minister of Canadian Defence from his U.S. counterpart that the U.S. would unilaterally attack and represent the "civilized world" that must speak "with one voice." The government then announced through a press release that "Canada fully supports the United States' limited and focussed action to degrade the Assad regime's ability to launch chemical weapons attacks against innocent civilians, including many children. President Assad's use of chemical weapons and the crimes the Syrian regime has committed against its own people cannot be ignored. These gruesome attacks cannot be permitted to continue with impunity."

Premier Couillard followed suit.  He said on Friday that, "I find the American intervention was justified and targeted. We're dealing with a barbaric attack against children with chemical weapons. The response was proportional to the stakes, and targeted." He added, "In the longterm, the solution to this immense problem is a political, diplomatic and multilateral one. But humanity and civilization cannot let these kinds of acts go unanswered." He was followed by opposition leader Jean-Francois Lisée who said in an April 7 press release, "We support the initiatives aimed at destroying ISIL and the departure of Bashar al-Assad. This odious regime must be stopped so that the Syrian people can finally aspire to better days."

The PMLQ strongly condemns the barbaric use of chemical products against the population, the U.S. air strikes against Syria and the refusal by the U.S., Canada and others to have the attack properly investigated so that those responsible can be tried according to international law. The goal of the U.S. and Canadian governments is to ensure that there is no political and peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict under the auspices of the Syrians themselves. We also condemn the position of the Quebec government in support of this aggression. The PMLQ opposes the escalation of the military conflict in Syria.

All out to the April 9 rally at Norman Bethune Square at 3:00 pm!
All out for an anti-war government!

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