Skip to comments.More than 100 rally in Boston to protest US strike
Posted on 08/31/2013 2:51:21 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
More than a hundred people, including Syrian-Americans and pro-peace supporters, gathered on the Boston Common today to protest a possible US missile strike against Syria.
Speakers standing in front of Syrian flags bearing portraits of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad decried US plans to launch a limited attack against the country in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians last week. The ideologically diverse crowd included members of the Green-Rainbow Party and other anti-war protesters.
Syrian-Americans at the event almost universally supported Assad, whom they praised as a secular leader capable of holding together Syrias many ethnic and religious factions. They also said the majority of rebel fighters in the country were foreign-backed terrorists, not Syrian dissidents.
Obama promised there would be no unjust war under his administration, said Dr. Elias Zavaro, 52 of Wellesley. Sending our boys, our missiles, our fighter planes to protect al-Qaeda -- is that just?
Zavaro, who moved to the U.S from Syria in 1986 and studied dentistry at Boston University, said a US strike against his home country would harm civilians while doing little to end the conflict.
And like others at the rally, Zavaro believes the chemical weapons attack was perpetrated by Saudi Arabia, not Assads forces, as a way to provoke Western intervention.
Obama said using chemical weapons was a red line, and the Saudis took advantage of that to give an excuse for a missile strike, Zavaro said.
Others, like 20-year-old Ramy Al-Taweel of Methuen, said they feared US intervention would spark a broader conflict.
We dont want intervention. Allies of Syria will go in to help and I think it will escalate into World War III, Al-Taweel said.
Born in the US to Syrian parents, Al-Taweel admits the prospect of armed conflict between the two countries is strange.
I was brought up by two cultures, he said. My heart is Syrian, but I love America... . I pray every night for Syria to be united once again.
After rallying at the Boston Common, protesters marched to Faneuil Hall before dispersing.
Quit your whining...you voted for him. Suckers.
This article demonstrates an unfortunate truth that speaks to the heart of the problems in the US. 100 people protested? Only 100?
That paltry turnout points out that most Americans are too fat, dumb, lethargic, and degenerate to give a tinkers damn about much of anything except their food and their bling, the Kardashians and Miley Cyrus polishing her butt on the tube.
Two and three times, in many cases, along with their dead relatives and pets.
Look at the photo with the article. Those are PRO-ASSAD demonstrators, not people like you and me!!
Excuse me! This is the biggest College town in America, hundreds of thousands of students are moving in this weekend. This is the Syrian community speaking for themselves apparently.
I think it’s terrific that they cared enough to turn out.
Going against zero is not popular here, took some oomph on their part to get these folks out.
A word of explanation.
Pro-Assad/Anti-Assad isn’t the issue. The issue is the untimely, sheer stupidity of the US attempting a military intervention in Syria. The reasons for the US to stay out of this are so numerous I don’t have time to go into it. But I defy anyone to lay down even one good reason why US military intervention in Syria would be in US interest.
Yep, it’s definitely a biker and his Momma arguing in
IHOP, and Slow Joe Biden saying to an aide,
“Heh heh heh—hold my hairpiece while I sort this out!”
Barry: 1. above his paygrade 2. leading from behind. He really is a ludicrous figure, but we knew that already.
Is it sad that chemical attacks and napalm is used? Yes. Is it in our strategic interests to get involved because of this? No. We cannot get involved in every third-world brush war. We did not get involved when Islamists killed thousands of Christians in Africa. This is much lower in terms of a tragedy. Dropping a few bombs won’t do anything, either, and there is absolutely no “international “ support ( if you believe in such a thing) for intervention. We tried this in Lebanon, just cost us lives. We tried this in Afganistan, all its done is cost American lives. We tried this in Iraq, all it did was cost American lives.
More than a hundred people, including Syrian-Americans and pro-peace supporters... standing in front of Syrian flags bearing portraits of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad... ideologically diverse crowd included members of the Green-Rainbow Party and other anti-war protesters... said the majority of rebel fighters in the country were foreign-backed terrorists, not Syrian dissidents...Astroturf ping.
The reason the middle-east and the world is a dangerous place is because of nut-job dictators.
But ths time, the nut-job dictator is the US president.
“But I defy anyone to lay down even one good reason why US military intervention in Syria would be in US interest.”
Our US dictator wants to start a war precisely because it’s not in the US interest. Anyone that wants to fundamentally transform America, fundamentally hates America as it has been. How about risking WW3? That would transform America ... into glass.
No, they’re protesting because they’re getting hit from conservatives about their hypocrisy on being anti-war when Democrats are in office. I wouldn’t put it past the DNC to send a memo to the peaceniks and tell them to round up some slackers and get out there and protest, because their credibility is in tatters now.
“It just isn’t hip to protest Obama’s wars.”