Civil War in Syria: Some Valuable Resources

By Lynn Koh
Sep 2, 2013

The War Times collective, like the rest of the peace movement, unequivocally opposes military intervention against Syria.  Below is a list of articles, interviews, and essays to help folks understand the crisis.

Opposing airstrikes against Syria:  a range of voices and reasons.

Phyllis Bennis and David Wildman say an airstrike against Syria would be illegal, reckless, and 'would make the dire situation in Syria inestimably worse' 

Former head of the IAEA Hans Blix says that the U.S. should not intervene even if chemical weapons were used.

Omar Dahi situates the call for military intervention within the dynamics of the civil war: 

I have heard a refrain over the past two years after every escalation in the conflict that "things cannot get any worse." Partly under this banner, the turn to militarization was first nervously justified then embraced, and crippling economic sanctions were imposed. In each case the rate of death and suffering dramatically escalated and conditions got much worse—not for the regime, but for ordinary Syrians.

The Campaign for Peace and Democracy roundtable features a wide range of antiwar voices and ends with an editors' statement titled "No to U.S. War on Syria! No to Assad! Yes to a Democratic Syrian Revolution!"

The debate between Tariq Ali and Steven Clemons on Democracy Now! covers many of the pro and anti-intervention arguments:

Context and Background:

Sometimes a title says it all:  "State Dept Admits it Doesn't Know Who Ordered Syria's Chemical Strike"

Vijay Prashad talks with Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, and their thoughts on potential airstrikes.

Patrick Cockburn takes a wide-angle lens to the civil war:

Five distinct conflicts have become tangled together in Syria: A popular uprising against a dictatorship which is also a sectarian battle between Sunnis and the Alawite sect; a regional struggle between Shia and Sunni which is also a decades-old conflict between an Iranian-led grouping and Iran’s traditional enemies, notably the US and Saudi Arabia. Finally, at another level, there is a reborn Cold War confrontation: Russia and China v. the West.

Peter Harling and Sarah Birke trace the dynamics that led Syrians to change from 'brothers' to 'others': 

What could a political solution look like?  Check out "5 wise ideas for Syria" and Chris Toensing's op-ed, both slightly dated but still very useful:

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the entire War Times project

Lynn Koh is a long-time activist in the anti-war movement, and is a labor organizer in the Bay Area.

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