CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Those who organized in West Virginia to oppose the War In Iraq are again mobilizing to protest any potential U.S. military actions in Syria.
“This is not the most realistic thing to do, legal thing to do, or practical humanitarian thing to do, frankly,” said the Rev. Jim Lewis of the military options President Barack Obama is reportedly weighing as a response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons in its two year long civil war.
More than a decade after Patriots for Peace was first formed, Lewis was back on the phone and on the computer Friday, working on plans for new protests against possible U.S. strikes.
“The American public is very wary of this. It sounds very familiar to what we did in Iraq,” said Lewis who claimed President Barack Obama would be making a big mistake if he authorizes the U.S. strikes.
“He would be following in the path of the president that we talked about when he took us into Iraq and the mess and Libya and the mess and we need to be very careful about launching any military attack at this point.”
Lewis dismissed claims the U.S. would lose credibility in the Middle East if there is no response or show of strength. “We lost credibility in that area a long time ago. We lost it when we went into Iraq,” he said. “All this posturing about credibility in the area is just political nonsense.”
Patriots for Peace was created in 2002 as a grassroots organization dedicated to “mobilizing West Virginians to reclaim and defend American values of peace, justice and democracy at home and abroad.”
Lewis was a guest on Friday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”
The British Parliament rejected Britain’s involvement in an attack on Syria Thursday.
Members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are not scheduled to return to Washington, D.C. until Sept. 9. More than a dozen Congressional leaders were briefed on developments in Syria by White House officials on Thursday night.