Hail to the Commander-in-Peace

By Mike

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:

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8 Responses to Hail to the Commander-in-Peace

  1. H says:

    Will a strategic missile strike from the USA … stop the use of chemical weapons?

    And you know this how? Tea leaves?

    The world stood by when Rwanda happened. And did nothing. Hundreds of thousands were slaughtered.

    Go back to your latte.

    • radioparker says:

      I’m not even close to implying that we should do nothing about Syria. I think we need to respond to these horrors in a strong, multifaceted, and unified way…not just a missile strike (there are no silver bullets). I just don’t believe that killing more civilians and destroying some military installations is the route to take in the name of peace.

      As a side note, I’m not much of a latte drinker myself…but I appreciate the ever so poignant statement on my assumed habits. It’s a necessary addition to elevated discourse indeed.

  2. Torgo says:

    I agree the missile strikes by an America/France/UK coalition at Assad would be messy and seem far less than optimal. Other options, though, seem equally unappealing. There won’t be a Security Council resolution while China and Russia have a vote, small-arms support does precisely squat, sending in troops could sink us into another exercise in nation-building, and of course inaction in situations like this seems utterly reprehensible. I got nothing. What course of action (or inaction) would you promote?

    • radioparker says:

      The hope (more of a pipe dream), is that by releasing and bringing the proof of Assad’s use of chemical weapons will give political leverage to the US and its allies. Since China and Russia both signed on and ratified the ban on chemical weapons, they might be able to be convinced to help put pressure on Assad. That could only be done if their economic interests are preserved, and if peace/an Assad step-down was to be brokered by the security council and not just the US and other Western Allies. However, though ideal, this is unlikely…and would also be a more lengthy process.

      Since there are so many border countries being flooded with refugees, there could be potential to push a response from an Arab Nation coalition to put diplomatic pressure on Assad. If that doesn’t work, maybe even potential military pressure from bordering nations. There’s also the option of the US aiding the rebels with weapons…but then we just fall into the cold war cycle of an army propped up by Russia, and an Army propped up by the US (I thought we already won that bs).

      Any way you look at it, everything is messy…and as I’ve said before, there’s no silver bullet. We need to airdrop aid, and support the border nations’ refugee efforts, but other than that I really don’t know. I can only hope that enough of the pro diplomats and world leaders can actually put their heads together and work towards something. We’ve been saying “never again” for far too long…

      • Russia is already throwing support behind Assad, so I don’t think diplomacy through the security council is going to work out well.

        With Russia stepping up support for Assad, and the US stepping up support for the rebels, this looks like a good old proxy war from the cold war era.

        I think your second option, some kind of action through other Arab states is much more likely (The Arab League supported some actions against Libya), and my primary fear is that US/Russian support for opposing sides could bring back East/West proxy wars fought through unstable regions around the world which have potential value to each side.

  3. ? says:

    Wait how come you’re saying all this without the knowledge from the U.N. about who did the strike what are the details of it like how was the strike executed?

    • ? says:

      *like how the strike was executed (was is high tech or D.I.Y.)?

    • radioparker says:

      That’s exactly what I’m saying…since the docs aren’t declassified yet, we don’t know with 100% confidence that it was Assad (though likely). Until that happens we don’t, and shouldn’t (the USA), be conducting missile strikes

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