Why we should shoot in Syria

by David Esrati on August 31, 2013

in hot button issues, underdogs

I don’t believe that the U.S. Military would ever turn on our citizens, although Kent State is a glaring example to the contrary, and the case of the drones’ use in far away places to kill “Americans” who had pledged to wage war on their mother country. However, when a country uses air power against its own citizens, it would be nice if someone stepped in to stop what amounts to mass murder. That time came long ago in Syria and passed. It also passed in Darfur, Liberia, and countless other countries.

The U.S. was quick to react in Libya, because of course, they had resources that were important to the petrochemical giants who make huge donations to the U.S. Congress. Syria on the other hand, only exports some oil to Europe and hasn’t exported any since 2011.

The tools of war are taken for granted globally these days, with the U.S. one of the largest exporters of killing machines on the planet. Some war is good for our economy unfortunately, and therefore, we tend to look the other way when these tools are used for oppression and suppression. No matter how much money the sales of weapons systems bring to our economy, and to the military industrial complex, these always end up having a negative overall impact on our economy when you figure in the true costs of wars. They are always a negative- from the deaths of our troops, to the increase in costs to take care of our disabled veterans, all the way down the line to where you realize the lost opportunity costs of perfecting killing, instead of forwarding the human race toward a peaceful and bountiful planet for all.

In other words, for every bomb, bullet or soldier we “invest” in- the return is negative compared to creating food, health care, education, shelter for all. For all the money wasted in the Iraq/Afghanistan war, we could have obliterated poverty globally, through humanitarian initiatives and focusing on the good in the world instead of the several thousand who were represented by 20 odd jerks who hijacked a few planes and crashed them.

Syrians don’t deserve to have their government turn on them. We should obliterate anything that can fly against the people of Syria, and possibly, if we can locate them, neutralize any chemical weapons or their delivery systems. As to threats from any other nations of retaliation against Israel for our leveling the playing field in Syria- we should unequivocally state that any excuse for an attack on Israel will be met with hell being rained on any country’s military that launches an attack. That’s how owning the biggest, baddest military is supposed to thwart aggression by others. Fear is one of the most powerful motivators.

I do not believe that action against Syria should be prolonged or ongoing, nor should it lead to an invasion or occupation. It’s just about taking the howitzers away from the guys in war against people with slingshots.

If our country would only help the underdogs at home as much as it’s willing to go to bat for underdogs in other countries, we might have a better moral authority on the world stage, but for now at least, we should do everything in our power to stop a deluded dictator the use of chemical weapons and air power against his own people.

 

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Dave C. August 31, 2013 at 12:41 pm

It needs to be made perfectly clear: If you use chemical/bio/nuclear weapons, then the gloves come off. You will lose much more than you can possibly hope to gain.
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i hope we use cruise missiles and other weapons that minimize risk to our military personnel. 
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There are no good options here. It’s another quagmire. Use our technology to do what needs to be done, and GET THE H@LL OUT!!

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Jeff September 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Does anyone else find it odd that just days after the chemical weapons were used, the public was being told with certainty that it was Asaad and the Syrian military that used the weapons, yet we are just days away from September 11th, 2013 and we still don’t know with certainty what happened in Bengazi on September 11th, 2012?
The Russians conducted an investigation and issued a report linking the chemical weapons to a rebel group.
What advantage would there be for the Syrian military to use chemical weapons and draw the United States into the conflict?  An excuse to expand the conflict and attack Israel?  Maybe, but why bring the wrath of the Israeli military when you are already in a civil war?  Sorry, Asaad using chemical weapons makes no sense.
Having grown up during the cold war when the Russians were the enemy, Clint Eastwood was stealing Soviet jets controlled by thought, and Rocky Balboa was knocking out juiced up fighters twice his size, it’s hard to admit that what is being reported by a former KGB agent seems a lot more credible that what my own government is saying.

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David Esrati September 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm

@Jeff- I don’t think Benghazi needs explaining- we got attacked, someone has the brilliant idea to try to spin it with bullshit- got caught (not realizing that with today’s social media- BS detectors work really well). And- it sucks- we got a minor ass kicking with 4 dead and no fingers to point anywhere than at ourselves for being naive.

As to Assad- the fact that he’s using air power and tanks against his own people- is flat out wrong. We should have intervened long ago. We’ve been taking the lame stance because, well, we’ve screwed up too much in the last 12 years.

It’s time to balance the equation in Syria so that it stops being genocide. End of story.

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Dave C. September 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm

It’s time to open up an extra-large family-size can of whoop-a$$ on Assad. Past due, really.
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Just make it unmanned remote-controlled whoop-ass.

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Kim Owens September 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I agree that something needs to be done, but what exactly are we going to bomb to solve the problem?

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David Esrati September 6, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Kim- I imagine we’ll destroy the Syrian Air Force- and control the skies- like we did in Libya and Iraq. Of course, when the new regime takes over- we’ll give them a bunch of F-16s as foreign aid.

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