Press Release April 14, 2018

Green Party of Virginia Condemns Syrian Strike


Richmond, VA.

RICHMOND, VA - The Green Party of Virginia, in accordance with international law, condemns all unilateral military intervention against the sovereignty of another country, whether by the United States, Russia, or the European Union. The only appropriate venue for the application of military power abroad is through the United Nations unless the United States has been directly and decisively attacked by a foreign state.

The Green Party believes strongly that peace is the only means by which violent conflict abroad can be resolved. President Donald Trump’s previous strike in Syria clearly failed to eliminate, or even delay, the use of chemical weapons in the state. Former President Barack Obama’s negotiations with Russia to remove chemical weapons from Syria was far more successful in delaying their use, although his administration’s general policy of arming militias in the region undermined the agreement’s long-term success. Indeed, long-term security and peace in Syria, the Middle East, and around the globe can only be accomplished through peaceful diplomacy and by strengthening our communal, human bonds. Violence has only and will only produce more violence.

Moreover, the headlong rush into bombing another sovereign nation is both militarily and fiscally irresponsible. At best, this strike will accomplish nothing but the death of civilians and the waste of American tax dollars. At worst, it will engage this country in yet another quagmire in the Middle East born out of a short-sighted policy of regime change. The tombstone of every soldier and civilian who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan is a solemn testament to the terrible costs that Americans will bear from the foolishness of reckless military and executive branch officials. Rather, the Green Party of Virginia calls on the United States to await a report from the United Nations detailing the exact nature of the attack prior to working with that body to devise a meaningful, long-term solution. Bryce Davis, co-chair of the Green Party of Virginia, argues this point forcefully, stating that, “ordering a military strike before a full analysis by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is a dangerous escalation of US-involvement in the Syrian conflict. Inflaming tensions with Russia, to levels not seen since the Cold War, is an affront to peace in our times. Innocent lives are not just a number on a news broadcast, and should not be treated as such.” The Green Party of Virginia as a whole concurs.

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Additional information on the Green Party of Virginia (GPVA) can be found at: http://vagreenparty.org/

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Contact GPVA Press Secretary Ryan Wesdock
press@vagreenparty.org




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