I will do this only very rarely, but this is entirely new content under this post. THIS POST IS NEW TODAY – 9/6/13 and completes this series for this post. Comments on Syria from dJon, dAlex, dRams – 3 brothers are now found below the fold in the comment zone.
Here’s democratic Dad who was born and lived in Tunis, Tunisia until his mid twenties (I think). Recently he has lived and worked for international non-profits in Yemen off and on, but mostly on, for around 10 years. He is an American citizen with roots in this region and has lived and worked here for many years. I think his opinion carries weight!
1- if we are trying to uphold an international law, we should get an international request (approval does not sound good for US ego). Why should we feel that we have to be the police of the world against everyone else’s view? It is significant that no other country has yet joined the US in support of the strike (Israel does not count). Are they less “compassionate” than we are? Or are we just more prone to use force against other nations than any other country?
2- our congress hopefully will do what the Brits did, Obama will not lose face and better be refused than make a blunder , kill more people and drag the country into a new war.
3- a no vote does not mean doing nothing, it keeps the door open for working on international pressure and consensus and in the meantime Obama should look into covert action specifically to eliminate Assad (including using Israeli help), providing arms to the opposition and making a big gesture to help Syrian refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and those internally displaced. Each bomb not dropped is a few million dollars than can be used for humanitarian aid.
4- it is embarrassing that Putin is now giving us lessons on respecting the international law!
5- above all else Obama as a Nobel peace laureate should think twice before engaging into a war no one else is supporting. Remember they gave it to him preventively so he would be a peace advocate.
Righteous! and with an added dig at Vice Presidential Candidate Palin too. Excellent – Thanks democratic Dad.