In the latest polling regarding the use of military retaliation by the U.S. unilaterally against Syria for chemical weapons use: The vast majority of Americas see the conflict there as a NO WIN situation, and while terrible to witness, like all civil wars, we should stay out of it and stop being the world’s self appointed policeman on this mostly US internal political issue thanks to the President’sability to paint himself into a political corner at home. The vast majority of Americans feel that while the use of chemical weapons, or any WMD, is horrific and immoral in any form, U.S. intervention alone without the full international support and the support of Russia especially is only more likely to make the instability in the Middle East. Russia is Syria’s ally. Russia needs to be held accountable for controlling the regime in Damascus NOT the U.S.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend is an old saying on the battle field going back to the Art of War by Sun Zhu. There are many others examples in the Middle East where we should supporting the lesser of two evils while working diplomatically to turn the lesser evil into a better world citizen. The world deplores internal civil wars and the killing of innocent people REGARDLESS of the type of weapons used to do the killing. If the Syrian Air Force had carpet bombed that town killing even more, wiping it out, would the world applaud? Is it ok to slaughter 10,000 or by conventional weapons? Should we intervene in every civil war that breaks out in the world? In fact the U.S. should find common ground with Russia and China to give THEM cover to intervene! The U.S. needs to keep out of this unless U.S. security or harm to its people is directly threatened – for example if WMD were about to fall in the hands of radical Islamic extremists sworn to use it against the U.S. and its allies. Its hard to see how this is accomplished by a politically motivated cruise missile strike against targets that are now already hardened or contain hundreds of “human shields” just of the “principle of it” weeks and weeks after the event occurred. This detached “punitive action” which should come from the parent (Russia / China) and not an stranger can only end badly. Think about it… Who should be responsible for punishing the actions of Syria against its own people? Russia or the U.S.? Its not our child.
Once again the ideology of this President that the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government knows what’s good for everyone, both internally and externally of its borders, has to come to a stop. Libertarians in the U.S. need to raise their voices more loudly and the Republican Party needs to embrace more strongly LIBERTARIAN PRINCIPLES.
The latest POLL from NEWSMAX — YOU CAN ADD YOUR VOTE ON LINE:
Gas weapons in the hands of radical Islamic extremists is a far greater threat to the security of the U.S. and other nations, Russia included, than those same weapons in the hands of the Syrian military. Iraq is a case in point. At least the former dictator did not tolerate Islamic extremism and fought tooth and nail against our greatest threat to world peace and instability. Iran. We have that specter now in Egypt and Libya and even possibly Iraq not to mention Afghanistan. The internal factional conflicts within Islam historically between Sunni and Shia and other historical divisions between the peoples in the Middle East is not our responsibility to solve through our prism of the world. As I recall, even in WWII we did not go it alone! This is also NOT a police action where American lives or assets were being threatened.
Strikes like the one contemplated to somehow “punish” Asad because of an imaginary “Red Line” will only make the region more insecure with potentially the loss of many more lives. we are playing right into the hands of Iran who is just waiting for an excuse to kill Jews. This action could well be the match that lights that explosive tinder box. Why? Because of the ego of one man in the White House? Again… it should be Russia and China’s responsibility to reign in the Assad regime and sanction them for using WMD via the U.N. or themselves unilaterally. Not the U.S. We have no history and understanding of what is really going on there. It will only cause an escalation of conflict as the Isrealis fully understand and they themselves intend to capitalize on for self preservation.