Harrisburg Protestors Oppose Military Action in Syria
While President Obama was preparing to announce his plan to press Congress for military action in Syria, protestors held a rally on the capitol steps in Harrisburg to oppose his request.
Not more than 50 protestors, but they say they speak for the majority of Americans opposing a military intervention in Syria.
“Obama’s decision to go to war isn’t Obama’s decision, it’s every American’s decision,” says activist Mitch Troutman. “And many Americans say no.”
Protestors said the conflict in Syria has a long history; one where the United States does not belong.
“We can’t expect that by punishing the regime, that we are going to positively reflect the outcome of this conflict,” says acitvist Ben Ketchum.
And a former intelligence analyst who spoke says she does not believe military action from the U.S. will help the regime’s victims.
“If you look at them as an enemy, they’re an enemy in the shadows,” says Heather Linebaugh, former analyst for the Air Force. “Going into a specific geographical location is not going to stop these wars. It’s not going to prevent violence from stemming, it’s not going to keep us safe.”