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#IDidntJoin: Stunning Photos Of U.S. Service Members Publicly Saying No To War With Syria

I will Not Fight For Al Qaeda In SyriaWhat do members of the U.S. military think about the possibility of a war with Syria?  So far, they appear to be overwhelmingly against it just like the rest of the general public.  In fact, a new Twitter hashtag () has been flooded with messages from service members expressing their displeasure with the idea of being forced to fight for al-Qaeda in Syria.  This is consistent with what we have been hearing from other sources as well.  For example, U.S. Representative Justin Amash recently sent out a tweet with the following message: “I’ve been hearing a lot from members of our Armed Forces. The message I consistently hear: Please vote no on military action against .”  Of course there are probably a few members of the military that would love a war with Syria, but they appear to be very much in the minority.  Hopefully the Obama administration and members of the U.S. Congress are listening.

Posted below are photos taken from Twitter of American service members publicly declaring that they do not want war with Syria.  In these photos they are wearing their uniforms, but they are obscuring their faces because they could potentially get in a lot of trouble for publicly defying the Obama administration.

We should applaud these brave service members for being willing to publicly take a stand like this…

I Didn't Join The Army To Fight For Al Qaeda

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I will Not Fight For Al Qaeda In Syria

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Obama I Will Not Deploy

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I Didn't Join The Marine Corps To Fight For Al Qaeda

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Stay Out Of Syria

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No War With Syria

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I Didn't Join The Navy To Fight For Al Qaeda In A Syrian Civil War

Business Insider asked members of the military to write to them and tell them what they thought about a potential conflict with Syria.  52 members of the military responded, and 50 of them were against war with Syria.  The following is one example…

“I’m a U.S. Air Force vet who spent a solid 6 years shuttling between Afghanistan and Iraq, doing everything from combat airdrops to medevacs to hauling flag-draped coffins,” wrote one servicemember in an email, who also mentioned travel to 38 countries in that time. “What we do not need is another war, and we certainly do not need any further involvement in a civil war where our objective isn’t clear, and our allies aren’t really our allies.”

And it is not just the rank and file that are against war with Syria.  According to the Washington Post, many among the top military brass are expressing “serious reservations” about taking action in Syria…

The Obama administration’s plan to launch a military strike against Syria is being received with serious reservations by many in the U.S. military, which is coping with the scars of two lengthy wars and a rapidly contracting budget, according to current and former officers.

Having assumed for months that the United States was unlikely to intervene militarily in Syria, the Defense Department has been thrust onto a war footing that has made many in the armed services uneasy, according to interviews with more than a dozen military officers ranging from captains to a four-star general.

This is not about being “anti-war”.  This is about not wanting to shed American blood in an Islamic civil war where neither side is our friend.

Anyone that believes that the Syrian rebels are the “good guys” is being absolutely delusional.

In fact, even the U.S. State Department has admitted that the al-Nusra Front is a terror organization that is affiliated with al-Qaeda.  According to the State Department, they have been responsible for close to 600 terror attacks since November 2011…

“There is also a threat from terrorism, including groups like al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) affiliated al-Nusrah Front,” says the current State Department travel warning on Syria. “Since November 2011, al-Nusrah Front has claimed nearly 600 attacks–ranging from more than 40 suicide attacks to small arms and improvised explosive device operations—in major city centers including Damascus, Aleppo, Hamah, Dara, Homs, Idlib, and Dayr al-Zawr. Public places such as government buildings, shopping areas, and open spaces have been targeted.”

The bolded language in this travel warning–emphasizing that the al Qaeda affiliate fighting in the Syrian opposition has been targeting places such as “shopping areas” was put there by the State Department in the online posting of its warning.

“During these attacks numerous innocent Syrians have been killed,” then-State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said at the department’s press briefing last Dec. 11.

In a statement published May 16, the State Department said that Muhammad al-Jawlani, the leader of the al-Nusrah Front, had recently pledged allegiance to Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qa’ida’s leader.”

And even the head of al-Qaeda says that the Syrian rebels are working for his side…

In an audio recording on Thursday, Al Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahri announced his support for the beleaguered Syrian rebels.

He framed the Syrian revolution, and the fall of President Bashar al-Assad, as necessary steps towards the defeat of Israel.

“Supporting jihad in Syria to establish a Muslim state is a basic step towards Jerusalem,” he said.

So why would members of the U.S. military want to go put their lives on the line to help al-Qaeda take over Syria?

Service members would have to be insane to want to go into battle allied with al-Qaeda.

Not a single drop of precious American blood should ever be shed for al-Qaeda.  Unfortunately, the Obama administration seems absolutely determined to make this war happen, and so very soon members of the U.S. military will be forced against their will to fight for the benefit of al-Qaeda in Syria.

  • Gay Veteran

    Michael, have you been reading Paul Craig Roberts’ articles?

    Obama Has Decided That It Is Safer To Buy Congress Than To Go It Alone
    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/09/01/obama-has-decided-that-it-is-safer-to-buy-congress-than-to-go-it-alone-paul-craig-roberts/

  • uh oh

    Tweets to my congressmen don’t even show up on their pages unless I am
    logged into the account that tweeted, so am I the only one that can see
    them? They are unprotected.

  • uh oh

    Last night a troll posted this link on Alex’s website

    Syrian Electronic Army claims responsibility for hacking US Marines website with images of ‘servicemen’ holding signs condemning military strikes

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2408854/Syria-crisis-I-didnt-join-Navy-fight-al-Qaeda-Syrian-civil-war-photo-goes-viral.html#ixzz2dpd8ZZBE

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  • K

    More people oppose a war with Syria, than have agreed with anything in decades. Some are in the military. I thank them for their courage in speaking out. If in spite of this, Congress authorises an attack. Then we must conclude that a Government of the people, by the people, and for the people. No longer exists in the U.S. Do any of you care about this? If so, what are you prepared to do about it? Will you vote against everyone who votes for the attack? Will you start recall petitions, for those who do not stand for reelection next time. Within the law, will you fight in every way you can? Or will this once great Republic finally fall, from just a general lack of interest?

    • Donald Wilson

      As 20 yr vet I hate to say this but this once great nation is doomed the majority of politicos have been bought and paid for, the administration including “Dear Leader” furthermore, the ones who voted for this clown will soon reap what they have sewn. Until the peeps get off their lazy a**es we will soon be a vanquished natio just like Rome, Greece and and once great nations that collapsed. We the USA will eventuall must come to grips with our own demise. Soon the USA will be known as a third world nation.

      Good Luck and Good Night

  • SafetyViking

    That’s a pretty small percentage. As long as it’s another ‘Nintendo’ war, it’ll happen. If it does turn into a boots-on-the-ground thing, a few that choose to abstain won’t have an impact other than their own court martial.

    • Historyrepete

      there is no war or military strike that doesnt put “boots on the ground”

      • SafetyViking

        Sure there is…

        The Pentagram (Pentagon, whatever) has many such plans. Think drone strikes require boots/ground?

        • Historyrepete

          not a chance. if we go to war, we will physically go there. i.e. put boots on the ground. cite scenario in which we havent.

      • Donald Wilson

        I am afraid you are mostly wrong in that statement remember Bosnia for the mos part that war was fought from the air using aircraft and cruise missle I did a tour in Europe flying out of Istress AB in France. Don’t remember seeing any infantry hitting the ground during that conflict however, I could be wrong?

        Good Luck and Good Night ….

        • historyrepete

          With all respect,I am either wrong or right. I can’t fathom the scenario in which we engage a nation, and somehow don’t end up with Americans blood at risk

        • Vross

          I am afraid you are absolutely wrong. There WERE boots on the ground in Bosnia. UN and Nato troops (which included American personnel) were deployed in Bosnia. It is not even debatable, it is well established public record. They did not withdraw until 2004.

          http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A11164-2004Nov24.html

  • otter1111

    Michael, you’re exactly right. Going to war in Syria is insane. What is the U.S. interest? Why should the U.S. get involved when both sides hate us?

  • just me

    I am really sorry to say this, but we have the enemy in our own house. I understand, we were deceived by the mask shown to us and believed it to be one of ours and for us, but by the fruits we are seeing, we should know by now that we made a mistake. The question is: Are we willing to pay the cost and expose the true enemy, or are we just going to let things keep going until we and the whole world is destroyed?

    • bigsteveinOakland

      I dislike Obama, I think he is a war monger and was at least as far back as his vote for the defense authorization act of 2007 which gave the President the power to attack Iran. I also dislike his policies on civil liberties. He is effectively worse than Bush because under Bush the liberals fought him, now all the liberals have caved. BUT, Obama is one of us. He is not a Moslem plant or a socialist. He is simply another executive manager for the ruling elites just as were Bush, Clinton, Bush, Raygun, Carter, etc. Obama is no more the true enemy than any other president — he works for the ruling elites, who are the beneficiaries of our economic system.

  • kelly

    If the Syrians will kill their own. Who are we? I say we stay out and mind our own business.

  • DJohn1

    I think we should help the Syrians destroy one another. How can we put loaded guns in the hands of both sides in this civil war? I would want all transactions to be cash up front as the loser will not pay since they won’t be alive to do so.
    My own thoughts are that somewhere in Syria is an archeological treasure that we want for our own besides the obvious conflict over oil rights. But that is just a suspicious thought of mine. Probably not true.
    I think gasoline should go to $10-12 a gallon. But then, most of the world will transfer to another fuel supply like propane which can be had for a lot cheaper price and much closer to home. It would be worth 500-700 dollars to most of us in the long run to have a car running on propane instead of gasoline. Why? Because I most likely will be at a price of approximately $1.25 equivalent to a gallon of gasoline at $4.
    I have been a firm advocate of changing our entire diesel fleet of trucks over to propane as soon as possible. Thus depriving the oil industry of much of their profits from diesel fuel and bringing the money back home to the United States. We have plenty of propane.

  • DJohn1

    During World War II, a good friend of mine noticed that gasoline was rationed and kerosene was not. So being a good engineer, he converted his automobile to run on kerosene. No rationing, cheap price, and it ran well enough to get him anywhere he wanted to go. I think he changed the timing of the engine to match the octane rating of kerosene but I am not sure. He passed on about 5 or 6 years ago. He was a multi-millionaire. He owned about 35 patents on safety equipment for industrial machines.
    In today’s world the EPA would probably want to prevent him from changing the car over. But then, we didn’t have so many parasitic bureacratic idiots in the government as we do today. Perhaps we need to change back to those times.

  • Ol Fart

    Right on brothers! I am with you. When you retire or separate, you won’t have to hide your faces any more. You will finally have your freedom of speech back. You have my full respect for being able to “serve” under the current “difficult” circumstances.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Guys: print your messages on a printer. Your handwriting could ID you. Keep your badges of rank and your decorations hidden too. Those could also ID you. Wear gloves to conceal freckles and moles.

  • Tatiana Covington

    As for that whole area… let them kill each other!

  • Vross

    John Kerry just stated that they have no intention of placing troops on the ground, with the exception of if Syria “imploded” and it became necessary in order to insure those weapons do not fall into the hands of our enemies.

    So basically, he just said they will put boots on the ground eventually, since if the Muslim Brotherhood forces win and topple the Assad Regime, they WILL gain access to those weapons. Those weapons will not simply evaporate when Assad is gone… they will still be there. Are we to believe that those who take control of the country will not be able to take control of the weapons that are in that country?

    They are insisting we must do this or the Mullahs in Iran will not take our “red line” about nukes seriously. Who actually believes they DO take that seriously? They have heard the threats for years now, and have not slowed down in processing fissionable material. As for actually building the bomb, once they have enough fissionable material, we will have no way to know how far along they are in doing so until they have succeeded and a mushroom cloud appears. At THAT point it will be too late to do anything. Once they have the bomb, we will not dare to attack them. This claim that we must attack Syria to keep “credibility” with Iran is bunk, since we already have no credibility with Iran.

    The primary purpose of this action is to allow Obama, who made a mistake by giving that “red line” statement to begin with, to save face. It also follows his MO in that he supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and in Libya, and now is supporting them in Syria as well.

    He also just reiterated that we will put no combat soldiers on the ground in Syria “with respect to the civil war”. No, we are going to be putting boots on the ground with the purpose of “securing the chemical weapons”.

    John Kerry says if we do not act in Syria, we are inviting a confrontation. And sending a few hundred missiles into a country is not inviting a confrontation? Are you kidding me?

    He also said we must stand with the world and act against Syria. Stand with the world? Who else in the world is standing with US in this? France is the only country, and even they are not going to if our congress does not approve it.

    Barbara Boxer just stated we have an obligation to act because we cannot stand by and allow the use of chemical weapons. She stated that as much as we might wish to stay out of it, the use of those weapons makes us compelled to do so.

    Where was she saying this when Saddam used such weapons against Iran, or his own citizens in Halabja?

    BTW, one thing to keep in mind is not only does Russia have warships in the region, and a naval base in Syria… Syrian Air Defense sites are manned by RUSSIAN TROOPS. If we bomb any of those, we will be killing RUSSIANS. Is that in our national interest?

    • Robert Zraick

      You are so right. Kerry keeps harping about “no boots on the ground.” This is to get people to say they this is a good idea to strike against Syria. But it is only like an advertising sound byte.

      It will escalate and there will be boots on the ground. The boots are on the feet of the soldiers, and Marines who are on board the 5 battle ships or the aircraft carriers all with their sites on Syria.
      There are other boots. Boots on the sailors who may never be deploy to the land but will die in the conflict none the less.

      There are boots on the feet of the pilots who will fly the planes from those aircraft carriers.
      Every time he uses the phrase, you should get angry at the blatant lie.

      Scum he is. Scum is any member of congress who votes yes to this, and scum is what we have in the WH.

  • Vross

    Obama opened his damned mouth and made a threat that he really did not mean.
    Syria called his bluff, and now he either attacks or looks like a weak idiot. It has nothing to do with saving the Syrian people.. he has already said he does not intend to strike hard enough to effect the outcome of the war on the ground. Nor does he intend to strike any chemical weapons sites, because they know that if we bomb those and release the chemicals, then by Int’l Law WE are the ones guilty of releasing chemical agents, and Obama becomes a WAR CRIMINAL.
    If Assad is smart, and he is, he has probably placed barrels of this stuff at every military target, and just hoping we are stupid enough to bomb them. This is about saving Obama from looking impotent because of
    his mouth.
    Is that worth potentially igniting WW3?
    God forbid someone uses gas on Jews in Israel, they WILL come unglued and uncork a nuke. They are kinda sensitive about such things. And Syria will make good on their threat to hit Israel if we attack. Obama may want a limited action, but wars have a way of taking on a life of their own. Russia is moving warships into the region. Ya wanna start WW3? Just get involved in this crap.

    Ya do not just jump into a fight expecting to be able to slap someone and walk away… they might not let you walk away.

    The problem with making military plans is the enemy generally does not want to cooperate with your plans… that is why they are called the enemy. That is also the reason for the dictum, “All plans fall by the wayside at the moment the first shot is fired”.

    Our soldiers took an oath to protect and defend our country, people, and Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. The action in Syria has nothing to do with accomplishing those goals.

    • ram

      A gamble played by Saudi Wahhabies and its Prince , involving USA against syrian muslims. Trapped are USA. I doubt the involvement of Obama in cheating US citizens. Time will tell.

  • Guest

    no way not today no how not tomarrow

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  • Heidi

    The “Rebels” are hired mercenaries. Their attacking Syria helps I$rael, not hinders it.
    Most people don’t like to read both sides of the conflict for fear of being labeled an anti-semite. The problem is Jewi$h leaders have been writing about their goals of a “Greater I$rael” since it’s inception, and yes, I mean before the declaration of I$rael as a state in 1948. They wish to re-establish the ‘kingdom’ their god Lucifer allowed them to have — their holiest book of law is the “Babylonian Talmud” — ‘Babylonian’ people.

    Professor Israel Shahak (a Jew, a Professor, a Talmudic Scholar, and an advocate for Palestinian rights) wrote “Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years” – free online. All non-Jews should read this book.

    • bigsteveinOakland

      You fail to make a distinction between Zionists and Jews. I am an anti-imperialist who opposes the USgov and have since Vietnam, and am Jewish. I find your use of the $ in your post insulting. Yes there are horrible Jewish bankers, but there are also horrible Catholic and Christian bankers and the real ruling elite is not Jewish, they merely have a lot of Jews working for them. Your suggestion that Jews pray to Lucifer is childish, they do not. You clearly know nothing of Jewish scholarship except that which you have read on-line by some clearly wacko people. I support Palestinian rights. I oppose all religions as they help create or make worse problems in the world. Some of the most militant anti-US Imperialism folks are Jews and Jews have always been in the forefront of fighting imperial wars, racism, anti-working people policies, and even defend the rights of Nazis and other hatemongers to have the right to free speech.
      If you are opposed to American imperialism, to American terror, to the ever increasing move towards more and more government surveillance and the setting up of an apparatus than can be used for a totalitarian state, all to the good and I agree with you. To repeat childish slurs against the Jewish people is no different than the KKK or Nazis.

      • Heidi

        I am anti-imperialistic, I am anti-terror.
        But you are dishonest in your assessment sir.
        The National Socialist fought against the Jewish Bankers (they the JB had their own histories authorized and published admitting to their faith and heritage). I know what your tribe did under the guise of Communism, and I know that most of your people play both sides. I also know that Israel’s Mossad “By Way of Deception” they make war – as well as the history behind the KKK and how it was a pyramid scheme set up by some “ad executives” to make money.
        I also know that your fellow “Tribesmen” flooded the USA after WWII, and that people caught up in their own arrogance have admitted it in not so subtle ways, such as Joel Stein of the LA Times, that the Jews own Hollywood. Of course there is also the documentary showcasing Jewish “suffering” and how Hollywood saved them – too bad that monstrosity has corrupted the entire world.

        I don’t care of what you think of me. Until Jews denounce what is written in their Talmud, I don’t care what happens to you our your “Tribe” — Your people have caused NOTHING BUT DESTRUCTION to the Western World — and to my ancestors – Your “Tribe” has enslaved us for far too long, and honestly, I look forward to the ending of the New Testament, because I know what happens to those Jews that believe the FILTH and CORRUPTION of their precious TALMUD.

        Denounce the Talmud, and I can call you friend, otherwise you are an enemy to humanity.

        • bigsteveinOakland

          Two things to say. First, the Nazis wanted to help the Zionists so they would move out of Europe. There were discussions about moving Jews to what is now Uganda and other places. I do not support Jews taking land away from anyone.
          Exactly what is it in the Talmud that you think I should renounce? I haven’t read the Talmud. I am an atheist so I hold with no religions except that I identify with certain aspects of Jewish culture – humor, support for the underdog, etc. But if you want me to renounce the Talmud please provide me with a way to read that which you find objectionable.
          Exactly who are your ancestors that Jews have enslaved?

          • Heidi

            Just so you know, I tried to respond, but censorship is running rampant all over the internet. There are certain people you are not allowed to talk about — it seems my reply with sources was too much for this website to endure.

  • Stacey Holt

    I agree with the soldiers! The rebels are al Qaida and no more American blood for Islamic terrorists!! No more! Send Obama to sort it out himself oh he can bring Kerry for support ! Stop abusing our military and disgracing the US!

  • CCB

    Hmmm…. If there were traces of Genocide in this country from our government who would you expect to help us. And the victims were your family members. The real reason for our presence there is because of humanitarian reasons. That’s one thing that Obama could potentially do right! The question is will God allow the US to be successful in an attack against Syria. A good part of this country has turned their backs against the very one who has been behind our successes all these years. Our government especially! Will history repeat itself for a nation that has abandoned their creator?

    • bigsteveinOakland

      God has nothing to do with it. The US failure will be because the Syrian people will fight against the US.

  • M

    What does this show? Weakness…IMO if you’re a soldier of any military branch in this country you are there to serve. The people will speak for you, keep your mouth shut and let the people of this country speak for you.

    • JMahurin

      The people ARE speaking…the problem is that Washington is NOT listening to the people. These soldiers ARE people too! It is their life at risk…not the leaders who initiate war! Send the leaders who want war to fight first! Not only would that help lower the defense budget overnight, but war would probably cease if the cowards had to loose their own lives instead of sending people that don’t want to fight in to kill others. Violence breeds MORE violence. The world is sick to death of the bloodshed in the name of so called leaders that refuse to listen to the people they supposedly represent.!! Desperate times call for desperate measures. These men are HEROES!

    • bigsteveinOakland

      The US gov tried German Nazis and executed many of them under the idea that you cannot get out of something by saying you were just following orders. That is known as the Nuremberg doctrine. The US has committed war crimes around the globe for over a century. The average soldier should generally follow orders, and if someday there is a world wide war crimes trial then the average soldier won’t be prosecuted, but the upper officers will be, and perhaps they should be hung or give life without parole (oops, there was one and there are warrants out for the arrest of Bush, Cheney, etc – Bush and Cheney will not travel overseas for fear of being arrested).

  • weisserwolf

    These guys are heros! The traitors are our craven politicians and other clowns like John Kerry KOHN who subvert the Constitution and prostrate themselves for Israel! Wake up America…QUI BONO!!!

  • Jon63

    What a crock……. The military goes where the gov’t tells them to go….. Military life is not a democracy, you don’t get to vote for what you would choose to do, and if you have a problem with that, you shouldn’t be in the military to begin with. This is also nothing new. It was the same when I was a Marine, and was the case long before I did my stint.There are always military personnel who disagree with what the politics of the nation are at any given time……..Again, so what. Do the job you are assigned to do. It is not your job description to become a pundit. As far as raving about how brave these protesting militia are, maybe that would be more true, if any of them actually showed their faces. Otherwise find something relevant to whine about.

    • David Lange

      Sad, but so very true. The second you sign up, you are owned, body and soul, by the government to be used and or disposed of at their whim. You may not like this, but that’s how it stands; don’t forget, there is no more draft, you volunteered. If we still had involuntary servitude, these people would have a leg to stand on. I’m glad my time in the army is long since over for, knowing what I know now, I never would have joined in the first place.

    • usaf317

      Says the guy setting on his a s s at home

  • smbrooks

    Have any of you figured out who the enemy is?

  • richardwicks

    What did they join for?

    To find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?
    To make Afghanistan the world’s largest opium producer in the world?

    Because that’s what was accomplished over the last 13 years.