Rally at Oklahoma Capitol opposes U.S. intervention in Syria

About 200 Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians, conservatives and liberals, hawks and doves show their opposition to U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war in a nonpartisan rally at the Oklahoma Capitol on Friday in Oklahoma City.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: July 13, 2013

“You can support the troops and love them and not support a bad policy,” Batchelder, of Oklahoma City, said.

State Rep. Cory Williams, D-Stillwater, said there are numerous reasons not to get involved in Syria.

“We have no business being there,” he said. “We have homeless here in the U.S. ... we have all kinds of domestic agenda items that we should be investing in ourselves and taking care of ourselves. We did not start the war in Syria and we are dangerously close to arming a faction that we have no idea whether they actually agree with the principles of liberty, the principles of freedom.”

Lukus Collin, a member of the Libertarian Party and a Christian pacifist, said the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown that liberty and peace can't be separated.

“We've seen this example with the war on terror — the more that we're intervening abroad violently the more we're losing our liberties here at home,” said Collins, of Oklahoma City.

Richard Onley, of Oklahoma City, said he attended the rally to oppose U.S. intervention. He has been protesting wars and conflicts since the Vietnam War in the 1960s and '70s.

“I don't like war, I like peace,” said Onley, who was holding a sign that read, “Love the Dove.” “I don't think the United States should be involved in any foreign war.”