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Greens response to US unilateral airstrikes in Syria

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 7 Apr 2017

The Australian Greens condemn the Trump Administration’s decision to dangerously escalate the violence in Syria.

“Donald Trump's decision to unilaterally bomb Syrian airbases with more than fifty Tomahawk cruise missiles is deeply fraught. The horror of the chemical weapons attack in Syria this week requires a credible, independent investigation, not a random barrage of missiles ordered by a clueless President,” Acting Australian Greens Leader Senator Scott Ludlam said.

“This type of dangerous and impetuous action is exactly what the Greens have been concerned about since the election of Donald Trump. We are shackled to an ally which has no foresight, no strategy, and a deeply insecure and erratic President.   

“We have seen time and time again where the United States’ military adventurism leads – to countless deaths, suffering and spiralling conflict.

“Malcolm Turnbull must rule out any Australian involvement in this military campaign. Indications that the Government may be considering this are hideous but predictable, and the Greens will fiercely oppose any further escalation of the violence.

“Instead of jostling to be first in line to follow the US into its next deadly miscalculation, we should be calling for cool heads to prevail. And we must take a look at our closest ally and acknowledge that the alliance is now a real danger to Australia," Senator Ludlam said.

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