US troops join public in rejecting war on Syria: Poll

US troops join public in rejecting war on Syria: Poll
Sun Sep 15, 2013 09:57:35

US troops join American public in saying no to US President Barack Obama’s plans to bomb Syria, with 75 percent of them opposing the war.

Along with various polls demonstrating the general public’s complete opposition to what many call ‘unprovoked military aggression against Syria’, a new survey has been conducted on more than 750 active-duty troops by the Military Times on the matter.

The survey conducted online Monday and Tuesday found that about 75 percent of troops are not in favor of air strikes in response to conflicting reports of a chemical attack in Syria which US blames the Syrian government for.

“I haven’t heard one single person be supportive of it,” said an Army staff sergeant at Fort Hood who asked not to be identified by name according to Military Times report.

A higher percentage of troops, about 80 percent, say they do not believe getting involved in the two-year-old war is in the US national interest.

The results suggest that opposition inside the military may be more intense than among the US population at large.

Several polls from several outlets have come out during the past weeks, showing that the broad opposition to an American attack on Syria is not only intact but actually growing in spite of a solid week of pro-war campaigning by the administration.

The war rhetoric against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of launching the chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.

Damascus has vehemently denied the accusations, saying the attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation to open the way for their foreign supporters to attack Syria.

Syrian government has already submitted evidence to the UN on use of chemical weapons by anti-Syria militants in three incidents in the Arab country.


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