Politics are all about irony. Take Syria for example. We may soon attack that country in support of a president who campaigned against wars and aggression! Many Republicans who supported President Bush’s forays into Iraq and Afghanistan, and who typically like to carry a big stick, oppose an attack.
Contrarily, the Democrats, who were against anything Bush did, are now the hawks. US Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat, says we should punish the Syrians for using chemical weapons against their own people.
Nelson and everyone else who favors punishing Syria should read the papers.
A headline last week said the world was outraged at what the Syrian government was doing to its people. There’s no doubt the world is alarmed. But when President Obama looked for support to intervene, both morally and militarily, no one came to the table. Not even Great Britain, who has steadfastly stood by us since we settled our differences in the American Revolutionary War 300 years ago. The French, who never give us any respect, much less any gratitude for saving their butts a couple of times in the past, were the only ones who seemed interested.
Why do we think getting involved in Syria will be any different than our other Mideast adventures? As soon as we liberate the country from its rulers, we become the enemy. I heard a remark the other day that the only thing people in that part of the world hate more than each other are Americans. And regardless of how much money we spend, or how many lives we lose, nothing ever changes that attitude.
Iraq is a perfect example. We lost thousands of American lives and spent billions of American dollars securing that country. We then trained and equipped Iraqi armed forces and police departments to maintain law and order. We were determined to make Iraq a working democracy. Today, that country is in chaos. Hundreds of Iraqis are blown to smithereens every week by warring religious factions. It’s business as usual, and they hate us even more.
So what did we accomplish? And Afghanistan ... it’s the same song, second verse. It will also collapse after we withdraw our troops next year.
The Syrian people have never been a friend to the US, so why are we even remotely considering going to war there? Why do we continually think we can transform that region into our way of thinking? It cannot be done! The US, France, Great Britain and the former Soviet Union have all tried. It should be apparent – that region of the world has to resolve its own problems, and it’s best we all stay the heck away.
Our leaders need to take heed of how the American people feel about getting involved in the affairs of another Mideast country. Because, if recent history is any indication, the height of irony will ensue. We will end up fighting the same people we went to rescue.