Action: Urge Congress and the Administration to support an immediate ceasefire and a negotiated agreement to end the war in Syria.

Background: The human costs of the war in Syria are staggering. The United Nations has issued an unprecedented appeal for $6.5 billion to meet humanitarian needs within Syria and neighboring countries.

But these needs will only continue to grow exponentially until the violence is stopped. U.S. officials have said that the war in Syria will not be won militarily and that they are in full support of diplomatic efforts to end the war. But in practice the U.S. is sending mixed messages by providing lethal and nonlethal assistance to the Syrian opposition. 

Rather than putting energy into efforts that lessen the likelihood of a positive diplomatic outcome, the U.S. should cease its support for military activities and wholeheartedly support efforts to reach a political solution.

Faith reflection: The prophet Habakkuk lamented the violence he saw around him: “O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you ‘Violence!’ and you will not save?” (Habakkuk 1:2).

Yet even at this time of great hopelessness and despair, Habakkuk clung to his faith in God—a God who works even in situations that seem impossible. “Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines…yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will exult in the God of my salvation” (3:17-18).

Action: Urge Congress and the Administration to support an immediate ceasefire and a negotiated agreement to end the war in Syria.


Alert updated April 22, 2014 by Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, director, rals@mcc.org.

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