I was sitting in my office the other day watching John Kerry speak on MSNBC…and an unsettling feeling crept about me. It wasn’t just the descriptions of the grisly and nefarious violence occurring in Syria; in fact that wasn’t what made me most uncomfortable about the speech. It was the sinking feeling that I got when I listened to Colin Powell speak before the UN. Before me was yet another man I respect beating the drums of war, with nothing but classified information as a defense for inevitable violent action.
Are the events unfolding in Syria tragic? Yes. Is the use of chemical weapons on civilians an abhorrent crime? Yes. Does the world community need to do something about it? Yes. Will a strategic missile strike from the USA solve this civil war, or stop the use of chemical weapons? No.
Missile strikes aren’t as accurate as the brass say they are, and civilian casualties are always factored into each strike. Say it all goes according to plan, we only kill a couple hundred Syrian civilians (what’s a few for the many, right?), and we take out some military targets. What will be accomplished? Does anyone really think that a madman like Assad will actually give up? You can’t “send a message” of what happens when you violate international law through a unilateral strike on a madman who didn’t even sign the treaty! All that will come of this is civilian blood on America’s hands, and the Syrian people will be no closer to liberation.
Would we even take out all the chemical weapon capabilities? Won’t Russia just continue to send weapons to Assad and drag out the war? Back to square one…
If there truly are damning documents linking the Assad regime to chemical weapons, why don’t we declassify them, send them to our allies, and bring them to the UN? What happened to a liberal government’s ideal of multilateral action? I’m not saying just a few other Euro countries, I mean a true world-wide coalition working together to figure out a solution to the violation of an international treaty almost every country has signed.
It’s time for our Commander-in-Chief to start acting like he deserved even a fraction of a Nobel Peace Prize.
A bit late, but here’s this post……in 6 seconds: