More war cries from a dying government. Say no!
Tell Kevin Andrews: don’t bomb Syrians.
As we watch heart breaking stories of Syrian refugees walking to Macedonia, our Prime Minister is gunning to spend more of our tax dollars to bomb Syria. And it won’t stop IS.
Bombing means more civilians die, less of our tax spent on Australians and a step backwards for a peaceful and secure world, all to save Abbott’s sinking ship of a government. What a deadly, self-serving tactic!
We tried calling Kevin Andrews in Canberra on (02) 6277 7800 and at his
electoral office in Doncaster, Melbourne on (03) 9848 9900 but got a Ministerial snub – they hung up on us.
So let’s all email bomb his office to show we won’t be silenced. You can still call, but be prepared not to be listened to!
Some tips on what to write:
Your name and state where you live.
Feel free to politely and courteously state your mind yet also send a consistent message by including the following points.
You are against Australia bombing Syria because:
-We don’t have the consent of the Syrian government for air strikes therefore any bombing will be aggressive acts that will escalate conflict in the region.
-Australian bombs may hit some IS positions but will kill Syrian civilians already facing a terrible humanitarian crisis.
-You are against the Abbott government spending your tax dollars on self-serving scare mongering.
-You’d rather the $500 million a year currently spent on bombing Islamic State spent in Australia on education and job creation for young people here who might be at risk of being radicalised. The best way to keep Australia safe!
Thank you for taking action for a peaceful, just and safe Australia and world.
Together we are powerful!!
More information on why more bombs won’t work.
Bombing IS in Iraq and possibly expanding our campaign into Syria is a bad idea for (4) reasons.
- It increases the terrorist threat in Australia. Innocent civilians are being killed already in US led bombings of Syria and Iraq. This not only radicalises people in the region who might otherwise be our allies, it gives Islamic State propaganda to recruit disenfranchised youth in Australia and elsewhere. An expansion into Syria will only give IS more footage and propaganda.
- It’s ineffective. The US has been bombing IS for nearly 12 months in Iraq and Syria. No territory has been lost by IS, and because of the politics of the region, it serves only to secure Islamic State more support from weighty Sunni supporters in the region who fear an Iranian backed Shi’ite dominance of the region. Wealthy Saudi supporters may not like Islamic State, but they seem as a crucial counter weight in the region. By bombing the Islamic State, we are giving enormous weight to the Shi’ite push to dominate the region, and again this scares would be allies of ours into supporting, financially, the Islamic State.
- It does not serve Australian interests. The US has been pushing for more States to bomb IS in Syria. If Australia goes ahead, along with Canada, we will be the only Western nation to be bombing both sides of the border. This gives the USA legitimacy in its bombing of Syria. China, Australia’s largest trading partner, has spoken against any intervention in Syria. If we follow the US into this war on Syria, we are saying to our neighbours and trading partners “whatever the US does, we will do.” This could have very serious political and economic costs to Australia in the near future.
- It’s expensive. Aside from killing people just trying to live in the area, its costing Australian taxpayers half a billion dollars a year to bomb the Middle East. That’s money that could be spent on education and employment programs for young people in Australia- eroding the risk of home grown terrorist threat.
Our colleagues at Independent Peaceful Australia (IPAN) have issued the following Media Release:
August 21, 2015
Peace activists across the nation are united in their anger at the announcement
that Australia will now join the US in bombing targets in Syria. The Independent
Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) is a network of peace groups with affiliates in
every State and Territory. It has consistently opposed the use of military power
to solve international problems and believes that Australia has lost its
independence through too close an alliance with the USA.
Nick Deane, spokesman for IPAN says
“After more than a decade, it should be clear that military intervention in the
Middle East has been an utter failure. It has achieved no worthwhile outcome in
Iraq, instead reducing that once prosperous nation to destitution. Many
respected observers attribute the growth of fundamentalist militarism to the
large scale Western interventions in the Middle East over the past few decades.
Intervention hasn’t worked and it isn’t working. It is time for us to admit this and
seek new strategies. Why persist in repeating the patterns that we can all see to
Significantly, once again, our nation’s military commitment has been ramped up
without any debate in our Parliament. One back-bencher (Dan Tehan) floats the
idea, and the next week the government follows his suggestion.
Increasing our military activity in this way, which will undoubtedly mean the
deaths of more civilians as a result of our government’s actions, is not in
Australia’s best interests. Besides, this is blatant ‘mission creep’, whatever its
proponents might say.
It is time for the Defence Establishment to wake up to the realization that
increased military activity does nothing more than add fuel to the fire that is ISIS.
If we genuinely want to live in a peaceful and independent Australia, we must
end our proclivity for engaging in military action whenever it suits the interests
of the USA.”
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