If Assad is guilty of gassing his own people in Syria (there s some dispute about this), then why aren’t the other Muslim nations protesting and threatening to cut off his head? These nations have armies and weapons, many of which we paid for. If John Kerry is right in his claim that chemical weapon use could spread to Syria’s neighbors, it seems to me that Syria’s neighbors have a vested interest and duty to deal with Assad.
Why do we have to do it? Assad didn’t attack us. There is no threat from Syria that can reach our shores. If such a threat arrives, then we can talk about it then.
In addition, it’s almost inevitable that any military attack on Syria will mean more than the 1500 deaths that have already taken place by the gassing. We went into Iraq to “save” Iraq and ended up with 4,486 U.S. soldiers killed “between 2003 and 2012 . . . and 31,928 wounded in action.” Civilian casualties vary widely, but even the low number is tragic to consider:
“Estimates of the death toll range from about 174,000 (Iraq Body Count, 3/19/13) to over a million (Opinion Business Research, cited in Congressional Research Service, 10/7/10). Even at the times of those U.S. polls, death estimates were far beyond the public’s estimates.”
As the saying goes, “you’ve got to crack a few eggs to make an omelette.”
Any American intervention will bring more deaths, further Islamic resentment, and another quagmire.
Then there’s the issue of chemical weapons. Why are we willing to go to war over chemical weapons but not with other types of weaponry and in countries where mass killings are almost a daily occurrence?
- In the Congo, millions have been killed — 5.4 million war-related deaths between 1998 and 2008 — and the US government did nothing to stop it.
- In Darfur (Sudan) there have been 300,000 people killed — the excess number of deaths is between 178,258 and 461,520 (the mean being 298,271), with 80% of these due to diseases — and the US government has done nothing.
- In Egypt, the military staged a coup and set up a new government that has killed thousands of people, the US government continues to send them aid.
- In Mexico, there have been over 50,000 people killed due to the drug war in the last 5 years, and the US government sends the cartels weapons.
- In Syria, there were 120,000 people killed by non-chemical weapons, and the US government did nothing.
American intervention will not solve what’s at issue in Syria or any other place in the Middle East. Certain groups strive for conflict. It’s a way to advance their agenda. We’ll bomb a few strategic centers (by now populated with human shields) and cell phone cameras will be ready to record the damage. The United States will be blamed for the atrocities and Muslim anger will be unleashed.
Sarah Palin may have said it best: “Let Allah sort it out.”