Just say NO!
|Bashar and Asma al-Assad, President and first-wife of Syria. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
How many children of Washington politicians will see action? Does President Obama have a son or daughter that will be deployed? Of course not. If he did have a son of eligible age, would he be sent? Again, of course not. Does the fact that most of the American people are against military involvement in Syria matter at all to the present administration? It should. It should matter a lot.
Whether or not we act unilaterally or not if we take action against Assad probably won't make a difference in terms of his government falling [eventually it will happen] or whatever will come next. I would hope that we could learn from Afghanistan and Iraq. Sadly, I think Savage is right when he asserts that a motivating factor for some is the huge profit to be taken in manufacturing and selling weapons to the military--which is precisely why Russia is so fond of the present regime in Syria.
What comes next?
Exactly what replaces his regime when it crumbles? Do we have any reason to believe it won't be another dictatorship or radical faction of some sort? Meddling in other's affairs has its price. Perhaps we should stay home and fix our own republic before we rush out to create another one. Our track record in that area hasn't been too good lately. If we don't get some solid, believable answers to those questions, we need to just say NO to involvement in Syria. And one other thing: perhaps our president should stop drawing lines in the sand which box us in and make us look foolish or weak if we change our minds.