Why Bernie Sanders Opposes U.S. Strike on Syria

Published on The Progressive, by Matthew Rothschild, September 9, 2013.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont spoke out forcefully against a U.S. war on Syria over the weekend.

Speaking at a fundraiser in Madison, Wisconsin, Friday night, Sanders said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was “a butcher of the worst kind.” But Sanders added: “To get involved in a bloody and complicated war in Syria makes no sense at all. We would reap consequences we can’t imagine.”  

He also stressed that U.S. involvement in another war would be a huge distraction from the serious economic problems that plague most Americans.

“At a time when the middle class is literally disappearing,” he said, “when 46 million people are living in poverty and real unemployment is close to 14 percent, and a generation of kids are graduating from high school and college and can’t find any work, and when we have the most unequal distribution of income since the Great Depression, what do you think is going to happen if we go to war with Syria?”

His answer: These issues won’t get addressed at all. They “keep getting pushed aside because of war and war and war and war,” he said.

He added: “I don’t want our country to become the Sparta of the twenty-first century” … //

… In conclusion, he said, “Let’s give peace a chance.”

Sanders made similar remarks on Saturday from the podium of Fighting Bob Fest, where he warned about America becoming an oligarchy.
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