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‘I did not join for this’: US servicemen speak out against Syria strike

Published time: September 02, 2013 15:11
Edited time: September 04, 2013 10:43
AFP Photo / Mario Tama

AFP Photo / Mario Tama

Many US servicemen are against the looming strike on Syria, Republican Congressman Justin Amash said on Twitter, in an attempt to counter the idea that the country might be overwhelmingly in favor of military action.

Amash made his comments after President Barack Obama’s statement, in which he all but promised a strike in retaliation for the supposed use of chemical agents by the Syrian government.

The Congressman for Michigan backed up his comments with a multitude of retweets from servicemen.

Amash said he had been “hearing a lot from members of our Armed Forces" and said that "the message I consistently hear [is]: Please vote no on military action against Syria."

The US Congress is expected to debate and vote on military action soon after it returns from summer recess on September 9.

Amash has since been re-tweeting anti-intervention comments sent by members and veterans of the US armed forces. Many cite experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan that have steered them in this direction. Here is a selection of some of those tweets:

Likewise, a number of pictures have been appearing on the Internet, purportedly showing US army and navy service personnel’s discontent at the proposed military intervention in Syria.

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A Syrian pro-government hacker group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) posted the above picture on the US Marines’ website as an example that not all US soldiers are on board with Obama.

According to the International Business Times, the SEA went onto the marines’ official website,, and ended up defacing it temporarily to post an emotional message of peace to their “brothers-in-arms” and pleading with them to understand that by agreeing to carry out the strike they are fighting against friendlies and helping their own worst enemy, Al-Qaeda.

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Comments (99)


Anthony Alexander 09.09.2013 22:31

You don't get to pick what you 'join' for.
You don't even get an opinion. Serve your time and get out, the reason why so many of us die overseas is because of cowards like these who cry and complain about doing the job they committed themselves to when they signed that enlistment contract.


Linda 06.09.2013 16:50

The only thing to do is impeach Obama and his Affordable care act immediately, that should stop all of this. Then let Kerry bloviate his way out the door. The bs artist that he is just like Hillary and Obama, liars till the end. Let's get the real truth to Benghazi and Fast and Furious you two. What laws have you broken? Impeachable offenses?


Peter Craig 06.09.2013 04:44

If George Bush did what this chump is doing, he would have been drawn and quartered. Total incompetence reigns in DC. Support the troops because they have to salute this fraud, and that to me ,would be very difficult.

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