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Bipartisan Anti-War Rally Planned for State capitol

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News, Politics.
July 11, 2013

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Oklahoma Conservatives and Liberals are coming together in opposition of military action in the Syrian uprising.

They’re holding a rally Friday night on the South Steps of the Capitol.

The nine speakers at the Anti-Syria rally include the publisher of the Conservative newspaper, the constitution, the state director of the Ron Paul for President Campaign and Stillwater Democratic Representative Cory Williams.

Moore Republican Representative Paul Wesselhoft is promoting the rally because he says the US is already too involved in the civil war.

“Our CIA has been training for months, training Syrian rebels in Turkey to overthrow the Syrian government. We’re giving these rebels millions of dollars. We’re giving them arms. We’re giving them ammunition. And, we’re giving them political support.”

The former Gulf War Chaplain says two of the six factions among the rebels are known terrorist groups: al-Qaida and Muslim Brotherhood.

Wesselhoft also says both sides have committed atrocities and it would be a proxy war with Russia which supports the Syrian government.

Nathanial Batchelder the director of Peace House agrees the US must not get its military involved in the situation.

“War is an abomination that should be avoided at all costs unless absolutely necessary for our survival. The US should pursue diplomacy and negotiations in Syria, but not military action.”

Organizers say they’re not sure how many people will show up for the rally at seven Friday night.


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