Filvets rally against Syria strike

by Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

September 10, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO-Dozens of Filipino World War II veterans and their advocates rallied in front of the Senator Diane Feinstein’s office along Post Street in San Francisco this morning — armed with a message: “No strike in Syria!”

“We demand that Senator Feinstein stops acting like a cheerleader for President Barack Obama, who is pushing for an illegal and immoral war,” said Ago Pedalizo, coordinator for the Justice for Filipino-American Veterans (JFAV).

Similar actions were also held in Los Angeles, Honolulu, New York, Chicago and Maryland.

These veterans sent Feinstein a letter, telling her that the role of soldiers is to defend America, not attack and wage an aggressive strike that could hurt civilians.

And besides, they said, there is no strong evidence that proves Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad did order the use of chemical weapons against his own people.

“It’s not right for America to meddle in Syria’s affairs. We have no business attacking them. President Obama should not be stubborn about this and listen to the demands of the people,” said Aquilino Delen, a veteran.

Even with a promise of no boots on the grounds, the veterans said any aggressive war remains unconscionable.

They said, time and again, Feinsein has refused to support the Filipino veterans fight for full benefits. Instead of spending millions on a strike in Syria, they said the U.S. government should instead focus its resources on taking care of its veterans who fought legitimate wars.

“That money could be used for education for the young, for health care for all, for benefits for struggling veterans like us,” said Regalado Baldonado, another veteran.

The United States has not endorsed any military strike in Syria, citing its provision that makes it illegal to attack another country except in the case of self-defense.

President Obama has a lot of convincing to do in Congress, as he speaks to the nation tonight to build his case for an attack. To date, 25 senators favor the strike in Syria while 18 do not. In the house, 40 support it while 153 are against it.

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  • kikay.Pang0
    10 September 2013 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Very confused fake Fil. veterans.

    • Maria Santos
      10 September 2013 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      Get a job and make yourself useful to the community. The vets have done theirs.

  • Brian
    11 September 2013 at 7:49 am - Reply

    America, you are not the savior of the world. Take care of your internal problems first before you meddle with others.

    • jorge buesa
      13 September 2013 at 8:55 am - Reply

      Brain your right, we Amerca should take care of our internal problems first? Guess what is one of the biggest problems is people that come from philippines and think that this is there country ? They like to protest like us Americans but don’t make any sense at all only fun of themself ?

  • Delia
    11 September 2013 at 11:21 am - Reply

    America has no leadership , America that you know it has long gone , its no longer a country that we can depend upon . This administration is working so hard to disamantle everything america stand for.

    America needs to “hit bottom” on the binge of self indulgent stupidity,

    • Arbi
      11 September 2013 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      @Delia …. GO SCRATCH

  • jorge buesa
    13 September 2013 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Dozens of filipino world war 11 veterans and their advocates shouldn’t rallied ? “NO STRIKE IN SYRIAL” All of you should get out of my country America and go back to where you came from, we americans don’t need your HELP ? I was born here and we believe in all our Presidents hard decisions that they have to make when it comes from a country that KILLS its own KIDS, and PEOPLE !

    • Wil
      14 September 2013 at 7:28 am - Reply

      @ jorge buesa … Once again you miss the point. Thousands of Filipinos defended the United States against the Japanese during World War II. They were promised a lot of benefits by the American government; that has yet been delivered. The congress of the United States owes these vets and should pay up. You owe your freedom to these vets, who battled honorably by the side and sometimes in front of the American troops. I say they have a right to protest anywhere they choose to. They have earned that in blood and sacrifice.