Red Line in the Sand in Syria
By Scott Rohter, May 2013
In 2013 President Obama unwittingly extended an open invitation to America’s enemies to drag us into another war in the Middle East. It wasn’t bad enough that we already got sucked into three wars in Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan from which we are still trying to extricate ourselves, but by issuing his ultimatum not to use chemical weapons in Syria to the combatants in Syria, President Obama has created the conditions by which we can be pulled into still another endless no-win military conflict.
Whether or not he meant to do it or not I do not know. I cannot tell what President Obama meant to do, but I do know that his advisers and the career professionals in the Defense Department certainly do know that by giving such an ultimatum to the combatants in the Syrian Civil War they will only be setting the stage for Al Qaeda, Iran, or Hezbollah, to violate the terms of the ultimatum in order to drag us into their interminable conflict.
Now we have apparently done just that. There are allegations circulating back and forth that certain Syrians who are hospitalized in Turkey for wounds they received in the conflict are the victims of some kind of a chemical weapons attack. Maybe former President Obama really wanted us to get involved in the Syrian Civil War on the side of the Al Qaeda backed rebels. He took the side of the rebels in Libya. He took the side of the rebels in Egypt. Now apparently he wants to take the side of the rebels in Syria. The Syrian government does not need to use chemical weapons. They are winning the war and they already have the Russians on their side. They would not risk an American involvement that might tip the scales the other way and prolong the war. They would not use chemical weapons. It makes no sense.
None of the combatants in the Syrian civil war are America’s friends or allies. No matter what side prevails we have nothing to either gain or lose. We should learn to mind our own damn business for a change and not to use the American military unless it is in defense of our own national security interests.
Nevertheless a “red line” is a fitting term to describe whatever kind of a line is drawn in the Syrian Civil War because of the amount of people who have already lost their lives in this conflict . Any line drawn in the sand in Syria would literally be soaked in blood because of all the people that have lost their lives in that country. It is not our battle and we should not allow ourselves to be sucked into it. We should stay out of Syria’s internal power struggle. When the war is over and the dust is settled then we can attempt to re-establish diplomatic relations with the whoever the winners are.
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