‘We’re bombing Syria because Syria is bombing Syria’ and other views on vain Western intervention
SO. The UK is not going to bomb Syria. Yet. Assad can wait a while longer to be pictured in his underpants and hanged. While we wait the Western powers will assure its citizens that Assad is an evildoer. He uses chemical weapons. That is the red line crossed. He has no morals. We do, however. We will teach him how the right things are done. We are people of substance.
The war in Syria is no longer about them; it’s about us. The purpose of any intervention is to prove to ourselves how noble and true we are.
One problem is there are reports used toxic chemical gas against the Syrian army.
But what the hell. We need to do something with bombs because if we don’t we lose out out sense of identity as righteous nations.
Sarah Palin observes:
“So we’re bombing Syria because Syria is bombing Syria? And I’m the idiot?”
Mia Farrow tweets:
Dear Syrian Kids, Sorry about the poison gas, today’s ‘napalm’ bombs and all the years of butchery. Cheers, The British Bystanders
Just as misguided liberals or delusional neocons perceive militarism as a sign of ethical yet “hardheaded” foreign policy, many on the left and the Paulite right wear their anti-interventionism as a badge of honor, using a horror like Syria as a test of personal strength: it proves they’re not fooled by Washington’s propaganda or vulnerable to humanitarian appeals.
“Intervention in Syria will bring bloody chaos, but we have that already.”
Got that? We will bring chaos. But that’s a good chaos. And its gets worse:
If Barack Obama decides to attack the Syrian regime, he has ensured – for the very first time in history – that the United States will be on the same side as al-Qa’ida. Quite an alliance! Was it not the Three Musketeers who shouted ‘All for one and one for all’ each time they sought combat? This really should be the new battle cry if – or when – the statesmen of the Western world go to war against Bashar al-Assad.
The men who destroyed so many thousands on 9/11 will then be fighting alongside the very nation whose innocents they so cruelly murdered almost exactly 12 years ago. Quite an achievement for Obama, Cameron, Hollande and the rest of the miniature warlords.
Your enemies enemy is your friend?
There are lots of perfectly fine opinions that might put you on the same side as al-Qa’ida. Just to name one: if you’re against drone strikes in Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia, as I am, then you’re also “on the same side as al-Qa’ida” according to this logic.
Meanwhile Barack Obama seeks Congressional approval for a strike.
“Obama says he has the authority to act on his own, but believes it is important for the country to have a debate.”
The Mail sums up:
Photo 1: Leslie M. of Los Angeles stands with other opponents of a United States military strike against Syria as she and others protest at Times Square in New York Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Photo 2: A man calling for military action in Syria, holding a sign with the image of Syrian President Bashar Assad as Hitler is blocked by another man who is against military action in Syria in front of the White House, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)