“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Syrians need to stand up for themselves

Are we, the US, really considering intervening in the Syrian unrest? There are reports that the government of Bashir al-Assad has killed as many as 10,000 Syrian civilian protesters. As horrible as that situation is, what are we going to do?

Syrian isn't Libya. We can't just fly a couple of sorties and drones to take care of the problem. In order to have any effect at all, we'd have to essentially invade Syria and fight against tens of thousands of well-armed Syrian troops with home-field advantage. Are the American people ready for another middle-east quagmire with a terrifically high body count and cost?

Don't we have the quickly approaching Iran/Israel problem to worry about? Aren't we still fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan? I hate the current situation for the Syrian people, but they must solve their own problems. We're spread a little thin right now.


david said...

We need to stay out of this. Maybe we'll heed Russia on this. then again maybe we'll jump into it headfirst.

Syria et.al. must help themselves. We can do little save providing excellent human targets and countless dollars neither of which we can afford.

Ed said...

Right you are Dave. Unless Assad threatens legitimately, our oil supply, we need to leave mid-east problems to the mid east.