by Vince Sullivan, DelCo Times, 9/7/13
PRINGFIELD — A small group of protesters gathered outside of the district office of U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby, to gather support for a diplomatic solution to the violence in Syria.
Members of the Brandywine Peace Community, the Peace Center of Delaware County and Main Line Peace Action held signs along Sproul Road in Springfield, just in front of the building that houses Meehan’s district office. They held signs urging people to call Meehan and urge him to vote no on any resolution calling for military intervention in the war-torn Middle Eastern nation.
“If honking horns are any indication … then there is widespread opposition to the resolution to support the backing of U.S. military action in Syria,” said Bob Smith, of the Brandwyine Peace Community. “Our phones are ringing all the time.”
Smith said the organizations have been receiving calls and emails from the public asking for information about how to have their voices heard regarding Syria. Smith said the group is advising callers to contact their senators first, since a vote on military action is likely to come before that body first, then to call their congressmen.
Smith and his cohorts’ opposition to the resolution is based on their lack of confidence in a military solution to the Syrian civil war.
“It stems from a position, put very briefly, that war accomplished nothing,” Smith said. “What is the answer? The answer is diplomacy and humanitarian efforts through the United Nations.”…
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