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Thu Sep 5, 2013, 10:33 AM

Pissing on a gasoline fire and other really bad ideas...

Syria needs more war in the same way that the Sahara Desert needs more sand. If the past decade in Iraq and Afghanistan has taught us anything at all, itís that guns and bombs are not the solution to political and societal problems. Syria has a serious political and societal problem, and the introduction of chemical weapons has been a less-than-helpful development. But the introduction of Tomahawk cruise missiles is not going to be any better.

I get it. As decent human beings, we want Bashar Al-Assad to stop gassing his own citizens, and as fretful Americans, we donít want to see those same weapons falling into the hands of a successful insurgency, particularly when it appears that al-Queda is among the combatants. If we bomb Assad, itís likely heíll attack Israel just to upset the apple cart. If we donít bomb Assad, his chemical weapons are potentially available to people who destroyed the World Trade Center.

Damned if you do and damned if you donít?

Hereís an idea. Stay the hell out of the conflict. And instead of spending billions on blowing people up, letís try spending billions on the vast number of refugees this civil war has created. The United Nations estimates that Syria is hemorrhaging 5,000 citizens a day who are fleeing the conflict. Nearly two million so far. Half of them children.

If we want to send a message to the Arab World about our intentions, how about we do that by making sure that the weakest and most vulnerable among them are adequately fed and housed? How about we do that by engaging the Arab League, the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, Hezbollah and Russia (yes, Russia) to apply some leverage on Assad. Itís a crazy idea, I know, but maybe just for once we should try waging peace with the same courage and resolve we bring to waging war.

Iím just spit-balling here. I could be wrong. But hereís the thing. My son was eighteen months old when we invaded Afghanistan. Heíll be sixteen years old next year. Iíd really like it if at least a small portion of his childhood was not spent with American troops dying overseas.

Thatís not too much to ask.

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snagglepuss Sep 2013 #1
benld74 Sep 2013 #2
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Response to Jeff In Milwaukee (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 12:00 PM

1. Well said.




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Response to Jeff In Milwaukee (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 12:18 PM

2. Agree 110%

The US doesnt need anymore of this type of crap. We have enough issues of our own. We always play the good guys don't we? Bu are we? I wonder at times, since there are plenty of countries who hate us.

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Response to benld74 (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 02:28 PM

4. What's the upside to intervention?

Regime Change? Not likely unless we plant a cruise missile on Assad's forehead (and then what comes next?). Destruction of chemical weapons? They're likely scattered all over the country or in hardened bunkers. We'd never get them all.

There's no "win" in this scenario.

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Response to Jeff In Milwaukee (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 12:22 PM

3. great post

yes, from what I understand there is something like 7 million displaced people from the civil war.

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