Local group protests military action against Syria

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 6:49 PM
Last updated 9:50 PM
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CSRA Peace Alliance members gathered Tuesday at the intersection of 15th Street and Walton Way to protest President Obama’s request for military action against the Syrian government.

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Retired Army Lt. Col. Lorraine Barlett holds a homemade sign while handing out articles to pedestrians at the corner of 15th Street and Walton Way.  TRAVIS HIGHFIELD/STAFF
Retired Army Lt. Col. Lorraine Barlett holds a homemade sign while handing out articles to pedestrians at the corner of 15th Street and Walton Way.

Armed with handmade signs reading “Don’t bomb Syria” and “War is not the answer,” the protesters greeted pedestrians and waved at vehicles as they passed by.

Wearing a hat with “Veterans for Peace” stitched on the front, retired Army Lt. Col. Lorraine Barlett paced 15th Street shaking a sign and handing out articles. She said her experience in the military gives her a unique prospective on situations such as the conflict in Syria.

“I’ve been a military attorney,” she said. “I used to teach classes in the law of war. I know the Geneva Conventions like the back of my hand. I see what happens when you pervert the system. We need to pull back and take care of our own.”

Group co-founder Ayman Fadel said the alliance still has hope, though.

“Because President Obama said he wouldn’t do anything without the authorization of Congress, we’re trying to gather support so that we can talk to Reps. John Barrow and Joe Wilson,” he said. “We want to say, ‘If a vote should come up, we ask you to vote no on that.’ ”

The group will speak to a member of Barrow’s staff Thursday in a public meeting at the Georgia congressman’s district office in Enterprise Mill. Fadel said the alliance will present Barrow’s district director, Lynthia Ross, with a signed petition.

“We should ask our leaders to stop funding war, and we should ask all individuals to stop participating in war,” Fadel said.

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angedelune 09/04/13 - 08:16 am
if they vote for war

Vote them out of office. It is simple as that. ALL politicians have stopped listening to their constituents on BOTH sides of the aisle. If they vote for another war, or to stick our noses where it doesn't belong, then we vote them out of office. simple enough

seenitB4 09/04/13 - 08:37 am
How soon we forget

Do any remember 9-11??

What happens over there finds the way to America....don't think chemicals won't be used on us because they will be...Bin Laden might be gone but many have taken his place....I'm not going to put all our eggs in 1 basket.

lovingthesouth72 09/04/13 - 09:49 am
Vigil of prayer and fasting for peace -

Pope Francis: “For this reason, brothers and sisters, I have decided to call for a vigil for the whole Church,” he announced. It will be “a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the Middle East, and throughout world.” The vigil will take place on Sept. 7, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace. Those who can will gather in St. Peter’s Square from 7 p.m. until midnight: other local Churches are requested to join in the fasting and prayer by gathering together.
Pope Francis extended his invitation to “fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.” And a link to the complete message: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-francis-announces-global-praye...

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