The chances of us putting boots on the ground in Syria are slim to none. The most likely option is drone attacks against chemical weapons storage facilities. The risk involves potential threats to the civilian population living in the vicinity of those facilities.
The best option for us is to do nothing, i.e. to “butt out.” We shouldn’t get involved in other peoples’ civil wars.
We should not get involved in any circumstances unless we see that the chemical weapons could be falling in the hands of the rebels and may eventually be used against us or other country.
Many of the rebels in Syria are those who are our enemies. Look at what happened in Libya.
Why should we help our enemies?
You are right. Al Qaeda has infiltrated the rebel forces and it is hard to determine who is on our side and who is our enemy. That’s what makes intervention so difficult. There is no question that Assad and his cronies are a gang of thugs, but those who hope to replace them may be just as bad or worse. Our involvement, if any, must be measured and limited.
Dominick, I agree with you and commserver, except I honestly think the Republicans and their wealthy supporters will take this to the mats. Another war is exactly what those who run the Republican want in order to bring their party back into the center stage, and they, I think, will go even so far to manufacture some situations that would likely pull us into war. We are already established over there, they will say, so why not just shift our troops from Afghanistan/Iraq to Syria. The Syrians apparently used sarin gas, something that is easily made in a well-controlled laboratory. Ricin is something else they could use, which is also easily concocted. These are things that do not have to fall into the hands of people who are already clever enough to make them. Biologicals are a horse of a different color, and should these things get out on the black market, we would have to get involved. While our invasion of Syria would lead to an inevitable nuclear component(Iran), this should be easily countered by Israel, who is just looking for a reason to annihilate Iran and their allies. I know we don’t feel it would be a good idea, but I think it is virtually inevitable, given that Obama is already considering the option of arming the rebels.
We don’t have to “determine who is our enemy”. We should just not get involved. They’re all Muslims, so they’re all our enemies.
And now…. The REAL Cartoon Of The Day!
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“[Our objective is] unlimited sexual gratification without the burden of unwanted children … [Women must have the right] to live … to love … to be lazy … to be an unmarried mother … to create … to destroy … The marriage bed is the most degenerative influence in the social order… The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant membersis to kill it.”
— Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood (editor). The Woman Rebel , Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race . New York: Brentanos Publishers
Maddy… I suppose you don’t like the cold hard truth of your messiah’s leftist freak hypocrisy being simply and eloquently displayed in a basic cartoon. Too bad! Or perhaps you’ve had the abortionist’s vacuum kill a child of yours? Maybe both are the source of your anger.
Here’s another quote from your hero, Margaret Sanger, that you should really enjoy.
“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
— Margaret Sanger’s December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon’s Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America . New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976.