We helped prevent U.S. missile strikes on Syria. Public pressure made Congress turn against an attack, opening the door to diplomacy.
Now let’s stop the flow of “lethal aid” to Syria.
“The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria,” the Washington Post reported last week. Those shipments have combined with “separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war.” 
The United States has now joined with allies Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar — directly supplying weaponry to an array of fighters against the Syrian government. That aid supplements the CIA’s longtime role in helping several governments to airlift weapons and other military equipment to rebel forces in Syria. 
The last thing Syria needs is more weapons.
Both sides are guilty of horrendous human rights abuses. 
Recent days have shown that diplomacy is possible to avert even more catastrophic events in Syria. Contrary to scoffers, Russia and the United States could help toquash the war flames instead of fueling them with more gasoline.
By halting its own shipments of weapons into Syria and exerting pressure on its allies to do the same, the United States could induce Russia and its ally Iran to stop supplying the Syrian government with weapons — and to work for a ceasefire.
At this pivotal time, we can make a real difference!
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