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Message to Obama: No military action in Syria the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

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The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee calls on the Obama administration to exercise restraint and not take military action against Syria. As a civil and human rights organization, the ADC condemns the use of chemical weapons by any entity and agrees that such acts must not be tolerated.

The ADC recognizes the authority and the responsibility of the United Nations Security Council to deal with this violation of international law, and calls on all nations, including the United States, to encourage the Security Council to address this illegal and immoral act. Yet pulling the United States into another needless, purposeless and costly war is not in the best interest of the country or the region.

As the conflict in Syria continues, and the death toll rises, we continue our call for a peaceful negotiated resolution, which will allow for a transition to a unified, secular and democratic Syria. This transition must be achieved by respecting the principle of self-determination, and must be free of foreign intervention.

The ADC supports those working for a peaceful transition of the Arab world to a secular and democratic system, respecting the human rights, freedom of religion and dignity of all.

The popular uprisings in a number of Arab countries signify a historic quest for peoples living in these countries to secure protections for their civil rights and civil liberties, and to establish true democracy and the rule of law in their political and legal infrastructures. We believe in the futility of resorting to violence to achieve these objectives and condemn all efforts leading to sectarian or ethnic incitement and civil strife in any Arab country. This shift in Arab domestic politics will inevitably impact U.S. foreign policy in the relationship between these countries and the U.S.

We understand that the current conflict in Syria has given rise to a serious humanitarian crisis which has led to hundreds of thousands of refugees, and call on all peoples to ensure that those in immediate need are provided with adequate resources and aid.

Again, we ask the Obama administration to refrain from military action against Syria.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is a grassroots civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C.

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