2016-10-27 07:28:37 UTC
Hillary Clinton's scheme for a `no-fly' zone - if implemented without
the Syrian government's approval - would be an act of war and a risk
of a nuclear showdown with Russia, says ex-Congressman Dennis
The most consequential statement by former Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton in Wednesday night's debate was her pronouncement that a
no-fly zone over Syria could "save lives and hasten the end of the
conflict", that a no-fly zone would provide "safe zones on the ground"
was in "the best interests of the people on the ground in Syria" and
would "help us with our fight against ISIS".
It would do none of the above. A U.S. attempt to impose a no-fly zone
in Syria would, as Secretary Clinton once cautioned a Goldman Sachs
audience, "kill a lot of Syrians," and, according to the Chairman of
the Joint Chiefs, General Dunford, lead to a war with Russia. If the
U.S. has not been invited into a country to establish a "no-fly zone"
such an action is, in fact, an invasion, an act of war.
It is abundantly clear from our dark alliance with Saudi Arabia and
our conduct in support of jihadists in Syria that our current leaders
have learned nothing from Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya as we
prepare to plunge head-long into the abyss of a world war.
Our international relations are built upon lies to promote regime
changes, the fantasy of a unipolar world ruled by America, and a blank
check for the national security state.
As others prepare for war, we must prepare for peace. We must answer
the mindless call to arms with a thoughtful, soulful call to resist
the coming build-up for war. A new, resolute peace movement must
arise, become visible and challenge those who would make war
We must not wait until the Inauguration to begin to build a new peace
movement in America.
Dennis Kucinich is a former congressman from Ohio and a candidate for
the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and 2008. [This
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