We Need Better And More Diverse Syria Coverage Now!

An open letter to Amy Goodman and Democracy Now!
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    A protester reacts during a rally against the U.S. missile strikes in Syria, Friday, April 7, 2017, in New York. Hundreds of demonstrators took to New York City streets chanting "Hands off Syria!" and "Money for jobs and education, not for war and occupation!" The U.S. fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria on Thursday night in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack against civilians earlier in the week. (AP/Andres Kudacki)

    A protester reacts during a rally against the U.S. missile strikes in Syria, Friday, April 7, 2017, in New York. (AP/Andres Kudacki)

    Dear Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!

    We are a group of military veterans who are hoping NOT to be blown off the face of this planet in a nuclear exchange precipitated by events in Syria.

    The U.S. is close to confronting nuclear-armed Russia over Syria.  This situation was triggered by the recent Assad-Did-It-Again story, “gassing his own people,” that we first heard in 2013.  Once again evidence was lacking, and worse, there was a total lack of interest in finding evidence, or in asking the obvious questions of motive, cui bono?

    As former military persons, we see no military advantage or rationale for the Assad regime to have used poison gas in those situations.  On the other hand, there are people who would be glad to use the incident to pull the U.S. into the war.  This should be clear to even the most casual observer, and yet it is being ignored by the mainstream media.

    Why is there no need for evidence?  This looks to us like yet another replay of “Gulf of Tonkin,” “WMDs in Iraq,” and numerous other false provocations going back to 1898 and “Remember the Maine!”  Once again the mainstream media is pushing for war.  Rush to judgment with no penetrating questions asked.

    Unfortunately, with only rare exceptions, DEMOCRACY NOW has NOT been raising such questions either in regards to Syria.  On your Friday, April 7th show, you featured numerous guests discussing Syria, some openly accusing Assad, but nobody asking about evidence.  Listeners of your show were left to take for granted that the Assad regime is guilty as assumed.  This is particularly disappointing to us as we are long-time listeners of your show; we have over the years trusted you as a reliable source of information.

    We are asking you to take another and closer look at Syria.  Consider the credible investigations by Seymour Hersh and others, including the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), on the chemical weapons incident of August 21, 2013.  Their reports indicate those chemical weapons were launched by armed opposition NOT the Syrian government.  This seems very relevant to the current situation.

    And please start including guests who know about Syria and have a different perspective from your usual guests.  For example, the vice president of Veterans for Peace was in Syria last year. There are many others and we would be happy to provide contact information.

    This is important because, as President Donald Trump’s recent actions in Syria seem to be leading to a face-off with nuclear-armed Russia, we are wondering whether Vladimir Putin can afford to back down.  And if he can’t, what then?  Will we be alive on this earth at this time a year from now?

    Hoping to stay alive,

    Daniel Borgström (moc.liamg@enoytrofleinad)

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    VETERANS FOR PEACE, East Bay Chapter #162

    Veterans For Peace is an official Non-Governmental Organization represented at the UN. Read other articles by Veterans for Peace

    The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Mint Press News editorial policy.

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      • irvingwood

        Somebody should have told these worthy veterans that Democracy Now and Amy Goodman have been persona non grata with anyone who values objective, unbiased independent reporting for aeons. I can’t remember the last time l even thought about Democracy Now. It is still patronised by people new to critical journalism, but not after uncovering it’s deep state bias. I was suspicious when l first heard of the sweetheart deal that saw her get $1 million a year for 3 years after she detached herself from Pacifica Radio. My experience is that people who are dedicated to the truth don’t pursue the big money pay-off. The other thing that did it for me was her voice. I just couldn’t take that craking and croaking anymore. Maybe she thinks it’s distinctive, but mostly she needs to drink some juice and see a throat specialist. It’s extremely inconsiderate for her to put her listeners through that racket every time she’s on air.

      • Mark Meyers

        And show some regard for the massacre at Foua.

      • tapatio

        We have excellent reporting on Syria. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans only absorb the lies fed to them by the MSM.

        They never manage to read this site, Counterpunch, TruthDig, Russia Today, Russia Insider, and the many other excellent sources of honest journalism.

      • Sarah Abed

        Unfortunately, mainstream media isn’t interested in hearing anything that goes against the US/NATO “regime change” narrative. They will quickly agree to have someone come on to bash the Syrian Government and President Assad, but if you have anything positive to say about them.. you most likely won’t get on the air.

      • Jdonnell

        When Democracy Now takes up the same cause as the Neocons, US journalism has crashed and burned. Israeli interests are mostly what the neocons are all about, and Goodman ought to know better.

        • TecumsehUnfaced

          Goodman sold out a long time ago.

      • Harlyn Rohr

        http://educate-yourself.org/cn/feldman1partpacificademocracynowdeepdishtvsep2002.shtml Who backs “Democracy Now” it’s “Lib-Tard” take on World & U.S. Events !!