WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- It seems there is always some conflict in the middle east and the Korean peninsula. Now it’s all about Syria and the fighting between Syrian rebels and the Syrian military. To me it is sort of like fighting a bigger stronger opponent with one arm tied behind your back. Only it is not like in the movies where a guy like Walker takes on about ten bad guys with bare knuckles and kicks the snot out of them.
It is apparent that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons against thousands of his own civilian people including women and children. There are international laws drafted by many nations that specifically forbid the use of chemical weapons. Why would anyone want to do something like that? It seems unfathomable what humans can do to other humans, especially in the name of religion.
So it seems to me when a country decides to break that treaty they should be dealt with in no uncertain terms. Whether that be by military force, or economic sanctions, the United States and the rest of the world should reject these heinous acts and bond together to enforce the treaty. I am not completely sure how that would be done, but I would not rule out military strikes, without the possibility of putting any of our, or allied, boots on the ground.
I also have to wonder if economic sanctions have been considered or are in place, I have not heard of any action of that nature being taken.
I listened to a middle east expert on foreign affairs talking on a talk show several months ago when this all became a staple for the news media. The one thing he said that made sense to me was that if the United States and its allies wanted to take military action, the best thing to do would be to cripple Assad’s air force by targeting all of his military runways, totally demolishing them. This would level the playing field for the rebel forces, because their biggest threat other than chemical weapons would be air strikes. This could be done with minimum risk to U.S. and allied forces and would also be minimum risk to civilians as well. It probably wouldn’t hurt to target some of their fighter planes as well.
I am not quite sure why the American people appear to be reluctant to have us be involved? If we and our allies back down to this ruthless dictator, then what are we going to do when Iran and North Korea’s two bit thug leaders decide to launch attacks against us and other countries. Like 911, do we wait until they launch an attack that kills thousands of our people or people in other friendly nations?
I say I hope our president, and congress take a hard look at the evidence and make the right decision regarding this situation. It may not be a direct threat to our own security, but anytime a nation blatantly abuses human rights by use of chemical or other weapons of mass destruction, it is time to make a stand for justice for all.
News flash — I just heard on the radio that president Assad has suggested having his chemical weapons put under control of the Russian government, but it remains to be seen if the world community would be able to monitor that control. If this idea works I say chalk one up for diplomacy, if not who knows what kind of can of worms this might open!
Have a great week and do good!
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