Citizens need to know and understand the U.S. role in creating the pain, death, destruction and refugee crisis that is Syria today. If the actions of the U.S. in purposely destabilizing Syria for geopolitical gain do not reflect your values you need to speak out. The purpose of this website is to provide you with links to articles from varied sources that will enable a broad understanding of the Syrian conflict, ways to speak out, and links to refugee aid organizations.


LINKS

rise of ISIS was intended
http://levantreport.com/2015/05/19/2012-defense-intelligence-agency-document-west-will-facilitate-rise-of-islamic-state-in-order-to-isolate-the-syrian-regim
http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2015/08/07/rise-of-islamic-state-was-a-willful-decision-former-dia-chief-michael-flynn/
http://www.lrb.co.uk/v38/n01/seymour-m-hersh/military-to-military#onepass
the CIA/Saudi/ Syria connection -  US has long used Saudi money for covert ops
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/world/middleeast/us-relies-heavily-on-saudi-money-to-support-syrian-rebels.html?_r=0
Hillary Clinton/Syria
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-sachs/hillary-clinton-and-the-s_b_9231190.html
again Hillary Clinton w/ more insight on provoking Syrian conflict
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-ritter/hillary-clinton-foreign-policy-record_b_9221284.html
media and Syria
http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/02/18/the-media-are-misleading-public-syria/8YB75otYirPzUCnlwaVtcK/story.html?event=event25#comments
http://antiwar.com/blog/2016/02/12/why-are-neocons-so-desperate-to-rescue-al-qaeda-in-syria/
since 2006 the U.S, has been working to destabilize Syria, wanting regime change

http://www.salon.com/2011/11/26/wes_clark_and_the_neocon_dream/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/us-secretly-backed-syrian-opposition-groups-cables-released-by-wikileaks-show/2011/04/14/AF1p9hwD_story.html
http://www.truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/33180-wikileaks-reveals-how-the-us-aggre
https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/06DAMASCUS5399_a.html
how the U.S. created Islamic extremists - very good
http://www.salon.com/2015/11/17/we_created_i
fascinating interview on Syrian conflict w/Joshua Landis of Syria Comment
http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/
confusing evidence on chemical weapons
http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n08/seymour-m-hersh/the-red-line-and-the-rat-line
very good Syria background and pipeline info
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-10/competing-gas-pipelines-are-fueling-syrian-war-migrant-crisis
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-05-16/mystery-sponsor-weapons-and-money-syrian-rebels-revealed
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-09-25/guest-post-qatar-rich-and-dangerous
more conflict background

http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/30563
long, readable article on background to our wanting to undermine Assad
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/03/05/the-redirection
very complex web of those promoting Syrian regime change
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/jul/12/syrian-opposition-doing-the-talking
the U.S, plans new Syrian government for after regime change
http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/31/the-hunt-for-plan-b-planning-for-the-day-after-in-s
there is a natural gas pipeline at stake in the Syrian conflict
http://www.armedforcesjournal.com/pipeline-politics-in-syria/
http://oil-price.net/en/articles/crude-oil-syrian-conflict.php
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/moscow-rejects-saudi-offer-to-drop-assad-for-arms-deal.aspx?pageID=238&nid=52245
U.S. Senators and Representatives often state that Syrian government forces are responsible for a huge majority of the deaths in Syria - that is wrong
http://blogs.cfr.org/zenko/2014/04/01/syria-civil-war-total-fatalities/
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/09/syria-civil-war-civilian-deaths/405496/
Wikipedia has good info on syrian chemical attacks under U.S. Government Assessment of the Syrian Government's Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21 2013
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Government_Assessment_of_the_Syrian_Government%E2%80%99s_Use_of_Chemical_Weapons_on_August_21,_2013
a lively take on reasons...

http://whowhatwhy.org/2013/06/15/oh-thank-god-finally-war-with-syria/
Role of U.S. Ambassador to in Syrian uprising
http://mondoweiss.net/2015/09/syrias-revolution-different
two excerpted paragraphs from mondoweiss:

It takes effort to be an informed citizen. The following links to articles about the  Syrian conflict should be enlightening.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard on Syria
http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/10/30/everything-you-needed-to-know-about-syria-in-8-minutes/

Analysis of Syrian 2014 elections and support for Assad
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/03/media-distortions-on-the-syrian-elections/
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/05/world/middleeast/former-syria-ambassaor-ford-criticizes-us.html?_r=0
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/expats-in-lebanon-kick-off-syria-election-show-of-support-for-assad/

Very good background for understanding Syrian conflict
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/12/understanding-syria-from-pre-civil-war-to-post-assad/281989

Thoughts on PBS Frontline

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/06/05/a-case-study-in-distortion-and-bias-on-syria-by-pbs/
In 2012 there was a UN brokered plan, Geneva l communique, but Secretary of State Clinton undermined the agreement by insisting that Assad must go first.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/syria-conference-fails-to-specify-plan-for-assad/2012/06/30/gJQAsPfeEW_story.html
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/10/the-syria-deal-that-could-have-been/280274


The graph clearly shows the huge growth in number of refugees AFTER the 2012 UN brokered peace plan was undermined by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisting that Assad must go FIRST.

Solution for Syria

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/26/opinion/jimmy-carter-a-five-nation-plan-to-end-the-syrian-crisis.html
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/world-report/2015/11/05/jimmy-carters-5-nation-syria-plan-is-the-least-bad-option
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/02/answer-migration-crisis-refugees-europe

In a democracy, citizens are responsible for what their government does.If you are uncomfortable with accepting responsibility for the pain, death and destruction brought about by attempting regime change in Syria - SPEAK UP
https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

TO AID SYRIAN REFUGEES:

International Rescue Committee
http://www.rescue.org/crisis-syria
American Refugee Committee
http://www.arcrelief.org
Global Giving Foundation
https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/syrian-refugee-relief-fund/
Shelterbox
http://www.shelterboxusa.org/