My Response to Congresswoman Nita LoweySubmitted by Mike9 on Tue, 09/10/2013 - 18:36
Here is Mrs. Lowey's email with my response is below. Now, I'm pretty sure she knows she is making these errors and is trying to please both her constituents and AIPAC, but she can't have it both ways.
Thank you for contacting me to share your opinion on authorizing the use of military force in Syria. I appreciate having the benefit of your views, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.
Like all Americans, I was horrified by the news that the Assad regime used chemical weapons against innocent civilians on August 21. More than 1,400 people — including over 400 children — were killed in that unconscionable attack. Chemical weapons are universally considered to be among the most inhumane and immoral of weapons, so much so that 189 countries representing 98% of the world’s population have signed the Chemical Weapons Convention. A proliferation of chemical and other weapons of mass destruction pose a direct threat to international security, and their use is a flagrant violation of international laws of war and human rights. The international community, including the United States, must respond in some way.
As you know, this attack took place in the context of a brutal civil war that has been raging in Syria for over two years. The United States has been working since the beginning of the conflict to help encourage a negotiated peace between the parties. With our partners in the region and international organizations like the United Nations and the Arab League, the United States has been a leading voice in calling for the cessation of violence that has left over 100,000 people dead. We have also provided significant humanitarian support to the refugees who have fled the violence.
Since the beginning of the conflict, Syria’s chemical weapons cache has been of great concern to the United States. Over the last several years, we have been working to find a way to secure those weapons, prevent their proliferation, and ensure that they not be used. As we saw on August 21st, those efforts have not yet succeeded. However, the United States is continuing to push for a diplomatic solution, and the President has been personally engaged in these conversations, including recently at the G20 meetings in Russia.
Those efforts, coupled with the threat of a targeted strike that would deter and degrade Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons again, seem to be gaining traction. As Congress extends the debate on the President’s request to authorize military force, I remain hopeful that our diplomatic efforts will bear fruit. The UN Security Council is currently considering a proposal for the international community to take control of Syria’s chemical weapons cache. A diplomatic resolution that would allow us to address the threat posed by these weapons would be the best outcome we can hope for in this extraordinarily complex and troubling situation.
Rest assured that I continue to review all the information available about the situation in Syria, the ongoing international response, and the potential consequences of any U.S. military action. Again, I appreciate your input and will keep your views in mind as this situation continues to develop.
Member of Congress
Dear Congresswoman Lowey,
This email is in response the gross number of errors and false assumptions made in the email you sent earlier today.
There is zero proof that the Assad regime instigated the chemical attacks of August 21st. On the contrary, there is substantial evidence that this was perpetrated by the rebels as demonstrated by accounts in Syria.
The basis for the statement that, "The international community, including the United States, must respond in some way," is the same imperial hubris that lead to the deaths of nearly 1.4 million Iraqis and 4500 US servicemen and women. That war was based on lies as is this one.
The statement, "The United States has been working since the beginning of the conflict to help encourage a negotiated peace between the parties," is completely false as well. The United States, led by the likes of Senator John McCain, arming the Syrian rebels who are allied with Al Qaeda.
Other G20 nations are pushing for diplomacy while our Secretary of State, the same man who spoke out against Vietnam and the folly of George W. Bush's Iraq war, is consistently advocating for a military solution.
I know your sole loyalty is first and foremost the people of Israel with the assistance of AIPAC. You were elected by the people of the 17th district of New York and that is where their priorities lie. I hope and pray that you consider the consequences when rebel factions linked to Al Qaeda take control of Syria as a result of American military intervention. You will not weaken Iran as you had intended. Rather you will have aided and abetted militant Islamist extremists who will not stop at Damascus and will turn their weapons on the Holy Land of Israel.
I am a 6 year veteran Naval officer, but reaching these conclusions were not difficult. It's time you represent the overwhelming majority of Americans including your district and vote against any military involvement in Syria. I would hope on the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Congress could make the decision not to arm terrorist organizations and seek peace as the only viable option for foreign policy.