In a surprise turn of events, just a few days after the August 28th commemoration of civil rights and pacificist leader Reverend Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, President Obama gave a speech on August 31st in the White House Rose Garden.
Amid a jobless recovery with unmanageable prison populations, stagnant wages, and bankruptcy filings by thirty seven municipalities around America, along with continuing government services cutbacks, a preemptive strike on Syria would be disastrous.
At this time of the year, most of the public probably hopes that Congress will finally be able to sit down to work on the national budget.
'I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people's representatives in Congress...they've agreed to schedule a debate and then a vote as soon as Congress comes back into session.'
And as if this must not be an isolated maritime event, over the past several days, Russia too has made known plans to send several warships, and China at least one.
This is not including the arms furnished by all sides to the Middle East, a veritable tinderbox of water, oil, and natural gas interests.
Naturally waves of peace actions have begun around the country, so far in at least 26 states. Meeting and talking with others, protesters greet familiars and share what they know about the surreal drama.
Outside the White House gates at noon yesterday, retired U.S. Army colonel Ann Wright spoke about the contradictions of the situation before a peace rally:
The United States has reputation around the world as being the biggest warmonger in the world...We are here to say we want our country to go in a different direction...
Spokespersons for Answer Coalition, a sponsoring organizer of the event, presented the crowd with arguments on how the Syrian invasion is founded upon disinformation, and that however innocuous "surgical strikes" may sound, it is still ultimately about regime change.
The extent to which intervention is not seen as humanitarian could be gauged by the fervor of speeches and slogans.
Amal, a college-educated Syrian woman who recently became American gave an impassioned plea:
These rebels or these oppositions are not good...they go to any village that is different kind of Islam, and they slaughter the whole village...They kill everybody.
Chris, a peace activist with Answer Coalition stated:
In Obama's mind the Bush-era anti-war sentiment that was a thing of the past--that he could do the same things and worse and face no opposition. This same mindset here in the Rose Garden a week ago lost our confidence.
As the march headed up Pennsylvania Avenue, people, slogans, and signs merged into a throng of shouts:
'Obama, hands off Syria!'
'War on Syria, built on a lie.'
'Endless war for empire.'
'Bombing Syria doesn't protect people, it kills them.'
With the protest in full swing, this reporter spoke with one of the protesters, Laura from California. She shared how important social networking has become in youth peace activism.
..Issues make strange bedfellows. I just joined Twitter, I just started sending out messages, contacting Congressmen. I started researching and finding out taglines to send out to; my tweets started getting picked up...My picture is a peace sign on a Syrian flag.
There are in fact a variety of online petitions and calls to action in circulation. Articles published by the BenSwann.com suggests telephone calls have greater influence, particularly when constituents develop their own talking points.
They have a webpage (http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/alert-pledge-peace-congress) where one can: 1) take the voter pledge; 2) call Congress; 3) speak to people; and finally, read more about it.
According to Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin present yesterday, protesters will be out in force across the nation all next week and hopefully up until the House vote on S.J.Res.21, the joint resolution to authorize war on Syria.