Why bombing Syria is a terrible idea

Bashar al-Assad - Caricature

Bashar al-Assad – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

By Robert Mann

Here we go again. Yet another president presents evidence of an atrocity that demands U.S. military action. Now it’s Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad reportedly murdered 1,429 civilians – including 426 children – with chemical weapons. An estimated 100,000 Syrians have already died in that country’s civil war, but this alleged attack crosses President Obama’s “red line.” Now, Washington prepares for war.

Describing what we “know” about the chemical attacks, Secretary of State John Kerry says, “American intelligence community has high confidence” Assad ordered them. “These are facts,” he tells us.

Doesn’t this all sound familiar? A dictator commits atrocities. Conclusive evidence is marshaled to demonstrate that he’s a monster. “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction,” then-Vice President Dick Cheney told us in August 2002. Only there were no such weapons.

But never mind that, there’s another tyrant murdering his people and, this time, we’re sure the evidence is sound. And just like last time, we must act or we lose credibility (just how’d our credibility fare during the Iraq War?).

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3 Responses to Why bombing Syria is a terrible idea

  1. Stephen Winham says:

    My original post commenting on this article seems to have gotten lost in the ozone or something, but I just wanted to say you are absolutely right and, if our government takes any war-like action in Syria they will be ignoring the people they presume to represent. I have talked to dozens of people about this and NONE of them believe we should get into war in Syria. Doing so is a no-win for anybody, including the people upon whom these atrocities are being committed from the perspective of the everyday American who is kept like a mushroom – in the dark -about whatever the REAL reason our government seems so hell-bent on jumping in. If there are valid reasons, perhaps our rulers could consider giving us at least a peek at whatever they are. The greatest tragedy would be if the military-industrial complex is at work behind-the-scenes here. The scariest would be if we are on the brink of world-wide disaster if we don’t act. Whatever the case may be, we deserve a much better explanation than the platitudes we’ve been given so far.


  2. Butch Gautreaux says:

    Stephen is right, his are my thoughts too and like Stephen, everyone I talk to wants us to NOT get into this mess. Even the people of Syria are split on what they want. We’re going to end up in a diplomatic mess at the very least and I can’t stomach the thought of one more of our young people being maimed or killed for the bottom line of some corporation. I’m not at all surprised that the Johns of the Senate and the House are all in it for going to war. It’s what’s expected of their backers.


  3. tls0 says:

    …1,400 civilians killed…that’s a weapon of “mass destruction”?!?
    No, that’s a bunch of amateurs, rank beginners barely worthy of notice…


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