436 Children suffered horrible deaths at the hands of their own government in Syria. It is undeniable now that The Assad regime has used poison SARIN gas against their own people. Regardless of your political affiliation, it is obvious and most imperative, that the USA respond in no uncertain terms against this shameful atrocity.
The people of Syria have attempted to keep the spirit and fires of the “Arab Spring” burning in their country. A place where the oppressive Assad regime has systematically
choked off any real civil rights, any true personal freedoms for many years. Like Saddam Hussein before him, Assad rules with an iron fist that though effective in limiting fanatical Islam, he has been suffocating the Syrian people. The situation is similar to what has transpired in Egypt with the big difference being the strength of the masses of humanity demanding change in Cairo. Another difference is the suspected proliferation of terrorist groups arriving in Syria as the battle continues.
In an article by the Washington Post’s online group entitles, “9 Questions about Syria you were embarrassed to ask”, Max Fisher says “The United States and allies are preparing for a possibly imminent series of limited military strikes against Syria, the first direct U.S. intervention in the two-year civil war, in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad’s suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians. If you found the above sentence kind of confusing, or aren’t exactly sure why Syria is fighting a civil war, or even where Syria is located, then this is the article for you. What’s happening in Syria is really important, but it can also be confusing and difficult to follow even for those of us glued to it.’
Secretary of State John Kerry told House Democrats that the USA faced a “Munich
Moment”in their deliberations as to whether or not to respond to Syria’s use of chemical weapons. Monday Kerry held a press conference during which called Syria’s president Assad “A two-bit dictator” who will “act with impunity”. Kerry urged lawmakers to back President Obama’s plan to strike via air power in a “limited” and “narrow” way to cripple Assad’s military abilities to deliver chemical and conventional weapons. This morning President Obama called for strikes against Syrian military installations that will stop Assad from delivering chemical attacks against his own people, and also to stop accidental poisoning of neighboring Jordan, Turkey, Isreal and Saudi Arabia. The President emphasized that there will be “no boots on the ground”. All attacks will be carried out by allied (though mostly American) air power located in the region.
I applaud the President’s response to the crisis and I encourage our representatives to move swiftly to stop the needless murder of countless innocent civilians by a ruthless dictator. Unfortunately with every action comes a reaction. Once Assad has been weakened, will there be a flood of Islamic terrorists into the area? Our covert opps in the region will no doubt be watching what transpires. In the final analysis there is very little we can do to stem the tide of extremists. You hope that eventually the will of the people will be done and in this case and the extremists will not prevail. The sheer numbers and power of the common people have kept the extremists at bay in Egypt. Can the same outcome be seen in Syria? In Syria, a confusing and bloody civil way makes for a very difficult and most complex situation. Can the people in Syria who are looking to establish a western style democracy prevail? Only time will tell but it is imperative that the Allied Forces act swiftly to protect the innocents from further harm.
The House Of Representatives has made their disdain for President Obama quite obvious over the past 5 years. Various members vowing to do everything in their power to block his financial and social agendas. I would be truly amazed if they try to put obstacles in the way of this foreign policy strategy specially since he has the backing of many ranking republicans throughout the Senate and the House. Noted Republican Hawks John McCain and Lindsay
Graham have thrown their support behind the President. He has gone to Congress in an open and inclusive fashion and it seems they are appreciative of his efforts.. I believe it would be a terrible mistake to decide the fate of the Middle East based on petty political maneuvering. Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority leader has joined the fray as well.
USAToday.com in a piece by Susan Davis and Aamer Madhani stated, ”
“The minority leader has personally come out in favor of Obama’s decision to conduct airstrikes as a response to the Aug. 21 attack, which, according to intelligence reports, killed 1,400 people, including at least 400 children.”Military action in response to (Syrian President Bashar) Assad’s reckless use of deadly gas that is limited in scope and duration, without boots on the ground, is in our national security interest and in furtherance of regional stability and global security,” Pelosi said Saturday.Pelosi is a credible voice among anti-war liberals, and Obama’s top House ally. Her support is a signal that a significant faction of House Democrats will likely be on board. Pelosi is rarely out of step with her rank-and-file.”
Te time for action has arrived. We can only hope a swift allied intervention will cripple Assad’s ability to continue his murderous campaign against his own people, and ultimately will result in his ouster from power.
- US president Barack Obama wins key backing for military action against Assad regime in Syria (abc.net.au)
- Obama Gets Boehner’s Support in ‘Call to Action’ Against Syria (bloomberg.com)
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