Open letter to U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader:

Veterans For Peace is a global organization of military veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. Local Chapter 164 of the Veterans for Peace consists of members living on the North Coast of the great state of Oregon.

We write to you today in response to President Obama’s request to employ U.S. military forces to strike the Assad regime in Syria. As veterans, we know the true costs of war, and take this proposal with the utmost of seriousness.

The current situation in Syria is complex and ?uid. The destruction and loss of life inflicted upon this country over the past two years is truly horri?c. As veterans of numerous con?icts, we have seen and lived these horrors ?rst hand, and have been forever changed.

The alleged use of sarin gas to kill civilians in Syria is the latest action in a cycle of violence that has reportedly killed more than 100,000 and displaced 2 million. Indeed, the use of chemical weapons is morally reprehensible. It was just as morally reprehensible when the U.S. implicitly supported their use by Saddam Hussein to kill Iranians from 1983 to 1988.

We believe that the U.S. can do more to end this con?ict and help the victims of this war. As the most powerful nation on Earth, we have the moral imperative to exhaust all other options before using military force. We don’t believe this has happened in Syria.

We request that you oppose U.S. military intervention at this time.


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