No More War

No More War

Statement of Randall E. Auxier and the Committee to Elect Auxier

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On April 13, 2018, the United States, United Kingdom and France launched a joint military assault on Syrian government targets in the cities of Damascus and Homs. The stated reason for the assault was an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma, a suburb of Damascus, on April 7th. The corporate-owned press echoed this justification and excluded dissenting voices. This attack was only the latest in a series of ongoing violations of international law and the US Constitution does not excuse, let alone justify, it.

These three governments acted as judge, jury and executioner, attacking Syria the day before a fact-finding mission by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was even set to begin. They attacked alleged chemical weapons research and storage facilities located near Damascus and Homs. One of the buildings destroyed was reportedly a research center for pharmaceutical products. Had these facilities actually contained chemical weapons, their destruction by missile attack would have put civilians at terrible risk of harm, perhaps killing more than those who died in Douma.

If the investigation had been allowed to reach its conclusions, we might know exactly what really happened and precisely who is responsible. But these three governments allowed no time for such an investigation. As things stand, we can only see these bombings as a means of advancing the strategic position of the US and NATO relative to Russian interests, and of exerting muscle and intimidation in the midst of the world’s oil suppliers. Unfortunately, the world has grown numb and insensible to the use of military force as an instrument of policy, but any morally acceptable standard for the use of military violence must include cooperative inquiry, legal process, and for the US, must respect the constitutional constraints and those of international law that are placed upon the use of military force. None of these processes has been respected in the present action.

The United States is chief among the world’s violators of international law regarding acts of war and has ceased even pretending --since the advent of the Bush Doctrine of pre-emptive war-- that our constitution has the power to constrain acts of war. If we are to be “a Republic of Laws and not of men,” as our framers intended, we must call for the cessation of all use of the US military as an instrument of foreign policy. No more bombings. We demand it. If military action is to be taken, we demand that Congress declare war beforehand. If humanitarian or vital security concerns are to be cited as justifying the use of our military, we demand that the United Nations be the arbitrating body. If intervention on behalf of humanity is necessary, the required processes and governing organizations are in place for dealing with the threats.

Without these reasonable steps, military action must be judged illegal and immoral. The behavior of the executive branches of France, the UK, and the US is, at present, closely analogous to the behavior of an un-deputized posse. The rule of law does not sanction these actions and the people must not sit by idly while it is done. Militarism and undeclared war, waged by the elite, are destroying the moral fiber of our nation. They are further undermining our moral authority in the world. We cannot tolerate this menace to our freedom.

The responsible and law-abiding citizens of the US must demand a cessation of these acts of war. The executive branch of our government must not initiate war without due process and without our consent through Congress. The executive branch and the President must be held accountable for the breaches of our sacred and venerable law, the only bond of trust and truth that legitimates our union. Speaking to the rogue executive branch of this government: You shall not wage an undeclared war in our name. In the name of our union, you shall be held accountable to the full extent of the law. We commit ourselves to this calling.

If elected, I would raise my voice and I would use the influence of the office to demand accountability to the law and to the people of the United States for these reckless actions. By its silence, Congress has permitted such crimes for decades, in my name and in yours. I will not be silent. If those we have entrusted with responsibility will not be the leaders we deserve and demand, we must replace them with others who will.

 

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