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Perspectives on Syria

From Maggie Osama on Flickr

From Maggie Osama on Flickr

America needs to take a deep breath and a bath. The US government has reacted to Syria like a kid reacts to a cool box at the store with a vast array of colors on it. They jump at first sight and immediately decide they want it. But if they pay closer attention to that box, they would realize its just prunes and nothing exciting.

The United States could very easily be on the brink of war, and it is still completely unclear whether or not we will launch a military strike on Syria.  I could be writing this now, and this time next week there be missiles detonated in Damascus.  Its scary to think about.

In a climate very different from 2003 before the Iraq invasion, many people are opposed to the military strike in Syria. Here is a collection of snippets from various different WordPress users expressing their concern for Syria, their people, and the future.

From 90degrees2theleft

What is happening in Syria is a civil war. No attacks or confrontations have occurred, yet, with neighboring countries, but by the US getting involved in what up to know has been a bloody and even unfair regional war – a civil war – it will turn into an international war that could easily evolve into WWIII.

From elena.teresa.ann

i admit i look at syria and i wring my hands and cry silently because i. just. don’t. know.  i want assad to be stopped, but at what cost? i just. don’t. know.

From Politicswestchesterview (14 questions for U.S. Congress)

How many Syrians are you comfortable with killing and wounding in a US attack?

Is it your belief that the US and its allies have never used chemical weapons* or sold them to others who have used them?

Will you vote for funds to eventually rebuild US embassies and other US-related buildings in the Middle East if they are destroyed, and to compensate any US victims or their survivors?

From Sagittarius Dolly

I think those chemical attacks were an abomination and whoever was responsible for those attacks should be held accountable. But I think this should be done through the United Nations and the International Criminal Court, not the United States. Especially since it’s likely that the U.S. would be doing this totally alone.

From Energeopolitics

I think the idea of launching a few days of air strikes will salve the conscience of many of our leaders, but will likely be ineffective at anything other than a public relations sense

From C.S. Burks, Esq.

So we’re not going to war ‘in the classic sense’, we’re just going to lob cruise missiles into Syria.

I guess it doesn’t matter that lobbing the aforementioned cruise missiles will be aiding Al-Qaeda-backed rebels.

 

There are others, though, that do support a strike on Syria

From High Plains Blogger

I still believe a strike must occur. Barack Obama drew that “red line” when he said using the chemicals would violate all “international norms.” The president reportedly is considering a limited strike aimed solely at military targets. Whether our forces can pull this off without inflicting civilian casualties remains to be seen.

From Joe Refano’s Big Mouth

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.

 

What are the pros and cons of each? Where do you stand?  The debate needs to happen.  This is a critical time in our nation.

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7 Comments

  1. lidia1993 says:

    Reblogged this on devils and black sheep. and commented:
    I agree that this is a very complex issue. However, we are not required to be the police of the world. Counties (and neighboring countries) need to learn to depend on themselves when it comes to times of war.

    There are many domestic problems in the U.S. that need to be solved. We need to help ourselves first before we help others overseas.

    • CC says:

      Agreed completely. We cannot help others if we have very concerning and persisting problems in our own country. Most people are opposed to the intervention in Syria in the U.S.and abroad. The other issue is that I don’t think the United States government has really considered all the possible repercussions of doing this.

  2. Thanks for posting 3 of my 14 questions from http://politicswestchesterview.wordpress.com/. What is really disturbing is when those elected to make these decisions seem to be operating in ignorance. Yesterday Carl Levin spoke about keeping the line against chemical weapons “intact.” Has he never heard of World War I, Agent Orange, chemical weapons from Western-supplied materials used by Saddam Hussein, white phosphorus used against Palestinians, and more? For more history and arguments against military intervention, see Lawrence Davidson’s last 2 posts at http://www.tothepointanalyses.com/.

    • CC says:

      No problem! Yes, it seems the rhetoric against chemical weapons is a little misplaced given our history as well as the rest of the world’s history. I dont see where our government thinks that we have the resources to support a full-scale attack, since we have to expect backlash with a military strike.

  3. viethdw says:

    Reblogged this on The PolitiBlog and commented:
    It is interesting that you point out the difference in social climate from just before the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and now. Though it seems much more divided whether intervention in Syria is appropriate for the US Military compared to Iraq, it doesn’t seem to be much of a hot topic in my every day talk. Maybe that is just were I live, though?

    • CC says:

      You mean Iraq not being a hot topic? I think there are certainly some coincidental parallels between both situations, especially regarding the subject matter and hastiness on the part of some in the government who want to act. Though, less discussion has been geared toward those parallels since Kerry openly quashed the similarities.

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