|Flags have meanings. |
They tell people which side you stand on.
The Syrian conflict is also defined by flags.
|The Assad regime has its flag.||The terrorists have their flag.||The people have their flag.|
|Last August, I criticized Veterans for Peace for marching with Assad's flag and for their pro-Assad convention resolution.|
Code Pink has been one of the leading US peace organizations and progressive women's organizations since in was found by Jodie Evans, Medea Benjamin and other activists near the end of 2002 during the run up to the Iraq war. Since then it has been active in a great many campaigns including justice for Palestine, closing Gitmo, against militarized drones and more recently, breaking ties with Saudi Arabia. This is how it describes itself:
CODEPINK is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs. Join us!For an American group that has joined the fight in places as far away as off the coast of Gaza and in Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring and fancies itself a defender of peace and justice everywhere with a special focus on women, they have been surprisingly quiet about this conflict that has ended a half million lives and up-ended twelve million more, the majority women and children, in the last five years.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, they haven't done much to expose the Assad regime's systematic use of rape as a weapon. Medea Benjamin has sent out over 7,384 tweets but Google can't find the word "sarin" in any on them, but after Assad murdered over 1400 people with sarin, including hundreds of children, in East Ghouta and other Damascus suburbs and the specter of a promised Obama military response was raised, Code Pink jumped into action on Syria. Its purpose was to oppose Obama keeping his "red-line" promise. They need not have bothered, Obama had no plans to keep this promise, he'd been in Assad's corner all along. Obama was happy to have "Left" cover for his plans, to have Medea Benjamin believe "We forced the president to go to Congress." That's why Medea Benjamin was able to keep sneaking into the hearings and why Obama told the audience "The voice of that woman is worth paying attention to." He didn't want to see Assad harmed either. He even made the French stand down. Code Pink couldn't take credit for that but they did claim a great victory in "Stopping a War" because Obama reneged on his promise that the US would take military action if Assad used chemical weapons.
Once that danger had passed, Code Pink again turned quiet on Syria. One of the consequences of Obama's reneging on his promise to take action if Assad ever did use "a whole bunch of chemical weapons" was a loss of hope among the Syrian people of ever seeing meaningful support from the West and a great propaganda victory for the anti-western jihadists. Daesh was able to make hay out of this and soon Mosul would fall. Assad saw his way free to greatly step up the terror bombing and even use chemical weapons many more times. But my then Code Pink had moved on to other things.
They did briefly focus on the effects of the Syrian civil war on women at the "Women Lead to Peace Summit" they helped organize in Geneva, Switzerland ahead of the Geneva II Syria peace talks in January 2014. It was a mixed bag with Assad regime apologists such as Mairead Maguire participating.
They have opposed the overthrow of Assad and promoted Assad regime propaganda that the US government is behind the revolt by backing a propaganda bill put forward by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) that is intended to “bring an immediate end to the illegal, counter-productive war to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad..” As if that is the problem. That's just "Left" cover for Obama's real agenda. They have also promoted the Assad regime view that Daesh, which they call ISIS, is part of the revolutionary opposition:
@LydisDeckers ISIL is fighting Assad--that's part of the opposition. So what are YOU talking about? pic.twitter.com/psc1PKSnQP— Medea Benjamin (@medeabenjamin) June 13, 2014
Oops. @HillaryClinton calls for no-fly zone in Syria. Slippery slope for sending US troops and confronting Russia. #badidea #DemDebate— Medea Benjamin (@medeabenjamin) December 20, 2015
@medeabenjamin @aguilarpete you stand with them yet you refuse to listen to their demand to remove Assad.— kiddo (@kiddoe_) November 28, 2015
The logo @CodePink uses for #Syria tells as much about which side they stand on, as does their focus on Saudi Arabia pic.twitter.com/oFOtiyM7uu— Clay Claiborne (@clayclai) March 30, 2016
@clayclai @codepink so shameful. I never thought those nice ladies would be cheerleaders for genocide.— publicOutcry NFZ (@dingalingy55) March 30, 2016
They also have a petition you should sign - Obama: Drop Food, Not Bombs, in Syria!, but they should be doing much more..
Painful Photos from the #Massacre #today in #ghouta #Damascus— Luna Watfa (@luna_alabdalla) March 31, 2016
14 Air Raids. 30 killed & 50 Casualties.#withSyria pic.twitter.com/GoPqjOwcTw