[Marxism] Paul Larudee - petition on Syria

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 13 09:10:34 MDT 2016

Thanks so much for sending this Ken.
This draws the lines very clearly, between the pro-Assad, pro-Russian
imperialist bloc, and the supporters of the Syrian (and regional)

On Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 11:03 AM, Ken Hiebert via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> From: PAUL LARUDEE <larudee at pacbell.net>
> Date: 11 October 2016 at 17:35
> Subject: This petition on Syria will launch on Friday. Shall we add your
> name?
> To: Paul Larudee <larudee at pacbell.net>
> Please forgive the anonymity of the addressees.  There are only around
> fifteen, but I want to respect your privacy.
> The petition below will launch on Friday, October 14.  It has been drafted
> and approved by the United National Antiwar Coalition, U.S. Peace Council,
> Veterans For Peace, UNAC, the Syria Solidarity Movement and others
> (Including you, if you accept), whose names (either as individuals or
> institutions or both) will appear on the initial petition.  The petition
> will then be open for anyone to sign, but we wish to have a starting list
> to inspire others to join.
> Please let me know if you wish to be part of the initial petition, and if
> you have other suggestions, please forward and let me know.
> Thanks and in solidarity,
> Paul Larudee
> 510 232 2500
> Points of Unity
> We the undersigned organizations and individuals endorse the following
> Points of Unity and, on the basis of these points, agree to work together
> in the National Hands Off Syria Coalition to help put an end to the illegal
> intervention by the United States, NATO and their regional allies and the
> killing of innocent people in Syria.
> 1.     In essence, the war in Syria is the result of a U.S.-orchestrated
> intervention by the United States, NATO, their regional allies and
> reactionary forces, the goal of which is an illegal regime change in Syria.
> 2.     War and U.S. and EU sanctions have destabilized every sector of
> Syria’s economy, transforming a once self-sufficient country into an
> aid-dependent nation. Half the Syrian population is now displaced. A UN
> ESCWA report reveals these U.S. sanctions on Syria are crippling aid work
> during one of the largest humanitarian emergency since World War II. The
> one third of Syrians refugees in surrounding Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey
> have been hit hard by U.S. cuts to UNICEF. This forces desperate refugees
> to struggle to reach Europe.
> 3.     This policy of regime change in Syria is in clear violation of the
> United Nations Charter, the letter and spirit of international law and the
> Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
> 4.     This policy of forced regime change is threatening the security of
> the region and the world and has increased the danger of direct
> confrontation between the United States and Russia, with the potential of a
> nuclear catastrophe for the whole world.
> 5.     No foreign entity, be it a foreign government or an armed group,
> has the right to violate the fundamental rights of the Syrian people to
> independence, national sovereignty and self-determination. This includes
> the right of the Syrian government to request and accept military
> assistance from other countries, as even the U.S. government has admitted. *
> 6.     Only the people of Syria have the inalienable right to choose their
> leaders and determine the character of their government, free from foreign
> intervention. This right cannot be properly exercised under the conditions
> of U.S.-orchestrated foreign intervention and terrorism against the Syrian
> people.
> 7.     Our opposition to forced regime change in Syria by U.S.-backed
> foreign powers and their mercenaries does not imply support for the present
> Syrian government or President Assad. It is not our business to support or
> oppose President Assad or the Syrian government. Only the Syrian people
> have the right to decide the legitimacy of their government.
> 8.     The most urgent issue at present is putting an end to the illegal
> foreign intervention and terrorism that has resulted in the deaths of
> hundreds of thousands of people and the displacement of millions of Syrians
> both internally or as refugees abroad.
> Based on these Points of Unity, we, as individual and organizational
> members of the National Hands Off Syria Coalition, agree on the following
> demands and commit ourselves to working together to help achieve them:
> 1.     An immediate end to all illegal foreign military operations in
> Syria.
> 2.     An immediate end to the illegal U.S. policy of forced regime change
> in Syria and full recognition and compliance by the U.S., NATO and their
> allies with principles of international law and the U.N. Charter, including
> respect for the independence and territorial integrity of Syria.
> 3.     The immediate removal of all invading foreign forces from the
> internationally recognized territory of Syria.
> 4.     An immediate end to all military, financial, logistical and
> intelligence support by the U.S., NATO and their regional allies to all
> foreign mercenaries and extremists in the Middle East region.
> 5.    An immediate end to economic sanctions against Syria.
> Only in a peaceful and independent Syria, free of foreign aggression, can
> the people of Syria freely exercise their sovereign rights, express their
> free will and make free choices about their government and their country’s
> leadership.
> We invite all supporters of peace and peoples’ right to self-determination
> around the world to join hands of cooperation in this coalition to achieve
> these most humanitarian demands.
> We need jobs, healthcare, education and an end to racist police violence
> here at home, not U.S. wars abroad!!
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