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Military Moves Against Syria Warranted

August 26, 2013

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I have never been in a fist fight, but I know what bullying looks like.  I know what happens if it is not stopped.  I know it has to be dealt with at the source.

In the past week it is clear that a moral line that can not and must not be dismissed was crossed in Syria with the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.  The death toll at 1,302, with nearly ten thousand others contaminated is more than can be tolerated by the world community. Two-thirds of the dead were women and children

There comes a time in international affairs when there is no more room for debate, and a strong response has to made.  There comes a time when history weighs down on our world leaders to not shy away from the actions that need to be employed.

Military responses are not the first step that should ever be taken to sway or move our opponents.  But the bloodshed and carnage that has been allowed to continue from the Assad regime clearly demonstrates they are not mindful of international opinion.  It is clear that a more determined way to make a point needs to be registered.

President Obama will make make a decision about a military response to the use of chemical weapons that in my mind need not be in concert with our allies.  While it would be a stronger and more unified approach to have a list of partners with a strike on Syria, the moral necessity of action outweighs the political games that are too often played to the point that the response is watered down and perhaps meaningless.

It is imperative that Assad know fully that his actions with chemical weapons falls outside what the rest of humanity around the globe will tolerate.

I stand ready to support President Obama with the decision he needs to make.

3 Comments
  1. August 30, 2013 11:27 AM

    Dale,

    Sorry for the delay in responding to you. I do think the evidence is sold. This is not the first time Assad has used weapons like this on his people. We also know there are over 100,000 dead from the civil war in Syria, and can also use this as a benchmark on how Assad feels about doing anything needed to stay in power. There are moral and core interests at stake for the United States in relation to countries who violate international norms regarding chemical weapons. I do trust President Obama and the information that has been assembled.

  2. August 29, 2013 7:08 AM

    What evidence? Why do you believe the government this time? Israel intercepting a message sounds a lot like “British intelligence has concluded”. And why would Syria allow UN inspectors in if it really did use chem weapons?
    If this is a slam dunk, I want to see more than Kerry and Biden on TV saying that it is undeniable. Show me the evidence. I am skeptical until then.

  3. tom permalink
    August 26, 2013 8:51 PM

    Do the dead care that they are killed be chemical weapons or bullets? They are dead. If I were Obama, I would see this as no-win situation. America has no influence in Syria and nothing to gain. To attack Syria will greatly anger the Russians who have supplied the Syrians ample anti-aircraft systems and shoulder fired weapons. What happens when an American is shot down and dragged through the streets? And while air strikes have never toppled a dictator, one must seriously wonder the virtue in doing so and handing Syria to al Qaeda or Iran. Most certainly, we would merely exchange a dictator for an Islamic Regime. A no win.

    I must admit that were I Obama, I would have no idea about which course of action was expedient or moral. But unless he intends to put troops on the ground (and Im pretty sure he does not), airstrikes seem foolish. The rebels have, of course, committed their own atrocities, so perhaps the best course is to let them kill each other and stand ready to help the winner rebuild.

    I don’t think this is some political game, either. But the morality of the situation is very far from clear. Assad–if he used these weapons–certainly does not care what the world thinks.

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