The debate about bombing Syria should not focus on who used chemical weapons but on the harm that another US attack on an Arab country will have on the tinder box of the Middle East.
Bombings throughout history have usually caused the victims to harden their positions, rally their allies and resist negotiations. There is no military solution to civil war. International diplomacy and humanitarian aid are the only solutions to the Syrian nightmare. Obama should meet with Russia and China, and the Arab League to find a constructive path that is best for the Syrian people and the region.
There is much to gain in this approach and nothing to lose. The UN will never approve of the threatened bombing campaign and most Americans and nearly all countries are strongly against it. Innocent people, including women and children will be injured, displaced and killed, as in all bombing attacks. Is this really what our government wants?
The main problem is that no one, absolutely no one, knows what the consequences of such a reckless attack will be. But we all know that there will be major repercussions and none of them will be good. We need to find a way to lead the world toward peace and cooperation, not war and annihilation.
There must be a way to secure reconciliation with the Arab world, that would lead to greater security for the region and the world. How is the bombing of Syrian people going to assist with this worthy goal?
Some talking points on Syria: Didn't we learn anything from the swampy quagmire of Vietnam? Didn't America gain any wisdom from the engulfing quicksands of Iraq and Afghanistan? Syria is not an isolated, defenseless country like Afghanistan. She has strong and powerful allies. Do we want to risk starting WWIII? This is not just a civil war in Syria, it is a "proxy war" where powerful nations have long ago taken sides and are going to pursue and protect their national interests and security, regardless of how much the Syrian people suffer and die.
The US administration is claiming a sudden and urgent interest in humanitarian concerns for civilians. How is a vengeful, punitive bombing campaign going to help the victims of this tragic civil war? Are we forgetting that we had a horrible civil war of our own? Are we forgetting that we used various chemical weapons, some of which affected, and even killed our own troops and civilians?
Will you help stop this war on another Arab country before it starts? Call or write Senator Menendez today. http://www.menendez.senate.gov/contact/ Menendez is the key US governmental official organizing the push to attack Syria. Because he is from New Jersey, we have a special duty to inform him that most people and countries are against this bombing campaign, regardless of the propaganda and one-sided news stories on the main stream media (MSM). You can also contact him here: 208 White Horse Pike, Suite 18, Barrington, New Jersey 08007 856.757.5353
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