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Syrian refugees gather in the village of Salkin after crossing the Syrian-Turkish border Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. U.S. President Barack Obama is heading into the lion's den of Russia, confronting Syria's key patron as well as foreign leaders skeptical of his call for an international military strike against Bashar Assad's government.
The Island Peace Committee is organizing a Peace Vigil today at 4:30 p.m. in front of P.E.I. legislature in Charlottetown to allow Islanders an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the citizens of Syria and to oppose any military intervention by the United States.
Peace groups here in Canada and around the world are organizing similar events to send a message to President Obama and the U.S. Congress that bombing the Syrian people is the least effective way to bring peace to Syria, says Leo Broderick with the Island Peace Committee and the Canadian Peace Alliance.
"There is a possibility this war can be stopped but only with a huge global response,” said Broderick.
“We invite Islanders to attend this Peace Vigil and oppose the possible U.S. led military intervention of Syria. The people of Syrai have already suffered two years of a bloody civil war. More war and the killing of innocent civilians is not the answer."
"Although PM Stephen Harper has said that Canada doesn't intend to send military support, it has porovided the U.S. government with useful political support", says Marian White with the Island Peace Committee.
"We must pressure the Canadian government to reverse that support."