Only 15% of the U.S. public wants the U.S. military involved in Syria, and only 11% wants the U.S. providing weapons to the Syrian opposition.
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Even most of those who believe U.S. claims that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons still oppose U.S. military involvement.
A plurality favors, instead, humanitarian aid.
The corporate media outlets are working to change this admirable outlook. Interviewers, including Candy Crowley on CNN, have hosted panels of all pro-war guests. David Muir on ABC News and David Gregory on NBC's Meet the Press reported unsubstantiated White House claims about chemical weapons as "confirmed," when the only confirmation was the White House claims.
Meanwhile MSNBC's Rachel Maddow continues to make false statements about Iran, inlcuding: "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he's known around the world for defending Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons." In reality, he and the whole Iranian government deny that any such pursuit exists, and there is no evidence for it.
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The U.S. public's opposition (thus far) to U.S. war even if the Syrian government has used chemical weapons is the best news. There have been reports of chemical weapons use by the opposition as well, and surely the Pentagon shouldn't join in on both sides.
The implementation of a "no fly zone" would cost many Syrians their lives. Surely killing them to prevent their being killed by a different kind of weapon is unacceptable. The United States has used the chemical weapon white phosphorus in recent wars, as well as other internationally condemned weapons: depleted uranium, cluster bombs, and variations on napalm.
A broader war in Syria risks dragging in a number of nations, with consequences unforeseeable and terrible. The best likely outcome of such a war would be an unpopular anti-democratic Syrian government, installed against the will of the U.S. public, in the name of democracy.
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1. NBC/WSJ poll: Americans Oppose Intervention in Syria
2. PollingReport.com: Collected Polling on Syria
3. NBC/WSJ op. cit.
4. Peter Hart, FAIR: Syria and Chemical Weapons: What Do We Know?
5. Peter Hart, FAIR: Syria and Sarin: Skepticism Still Warranted
6. Peter Hart, FAIR: Rachel Maddow's Iran Misinformation
7. David Swanson: Iraq War Among World's Worst Events