The U.S. is risking a catastrophic military clash with Russia in Syria.
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The world's two big nuclear-armed governments are risking direct warfare. The U.S. shot down a Syrian government jet, after which Russia threatened to shoot down U.S. planes over Syria. Then Australia suspended its air missions over Syria, and Russian and U.S. planes reportedly came within 5 feet of each other over the Baltic.
This is happening while the U.S. military, which may very well have defied then-President Obama in September by bombing Syrian troops and scuttling a cease-fire agreement, has been given greater authority by President Trump to proceed as it sees fit.
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Asked for a legal justification for having shot down a Syrian plane, the U.S. military cited the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), which applied to al Qaeda, not Syria. Even many who accept the AUMF as constitutional rejected the argument in this case. Regardless, Congress has no capacity to make war legal in violation of international law. Even the U.N. has now begun objecting to the killing of large numbers of civilians in Syria by the U.S. and its allies, as well as by other parties to the war.
There is no legal or moral basis for the United States to be waging war in Syria, risking nuclear apocalypse for us all. Click here to demand that all U.S. planes get out and stay out of Syrian air space.
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> Guardian: Russia warns U.S. its fighter jets are now potential target in Syria
> CBS News: Armed Russian jet comes within five feet of U.S. military plane
> AP: Syria brings new urgency to easing U.S.-Russia tensions
> Guardian: Australia suspends air missions over Syria amid U.S.-Russia tensions
> Reese Erlich, The Progressive: Trump’s Escalations of War in Syria