Secretary of state John Kerry has begun talks in Geneva Thursday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as International negotiations intensify pressuring Syria to dismantle their chemical weapon stockpile. It is hoped that diplomacy will avoid military intervention by The United States according to Secretary of State Kerry. Kerry said while the United States and Russia disagree over who was behind the poison gas attacks, there is no question that civilians died and that chemical weapons are a threat in the Syrian Civil War. Lavrov said that he believes the United States wants to reach a consensus with Russia.
The United states wants Syria to account for all their chemical stockpile weapons, and Assad has said that he will allow the handover of Syria’s chemical weapons to international control, according to news reports.
It was just over a year ago that President Obama drew a line in the sand over the Syrian possibility of using Chemical Weapons against citizens of his country. Now a year later, and what is suspected to be several incidents regarding the use of such weapons, the United States has moved ships into the region, and threatened the firing of missiles in retaliation for using chemical weapons against its own civilians. However, the President could not garner the international support needed move ahead. Now with Russian intervention, and negotiations with the United States, it is hoped that limited missile strikes can be avoided.
If an agreement is not reached, then the US might engage limited strategic missile attacks on Syria to cripple their capability to use the weapons again.
Kerry said that the United States has a moral obligation to respond to Syria’s use of such weapons. But there are those who say that the United States does not have any such obligation. In a nation tired of war, tired of bringing bodies home, tired of military funerals, and reeling from inflation, high unemployment, and recessions, most Americans just want a return to normalcy.
Many seem to feel that we have made our point since 911, and that the Mid-East, specifically the radical Islamic groups, responsible for terrorism directed at the US understand that it is unwise to awaken a sleeping giant. But it is time to return to normalcy.
However, there are also those who feel that we do have an obligation to respond to the cruel use of Chemical warfare. They ask; “That if the United States does not respond, then who will?”
I still contend though that the United States is not the world police, and that any attack on Syria is an attack on of Soverigen nation. We do not have the right to attack any country without just cause, which is in this case an actual real endangerment to our National Security. There was no such danger in the Iraq attacks and I see non here. All these complex formulas, and perceptions are nothing more than window dressing designed to justify US intervention.
Comparing Assad to Hitler, is just as silly as it was comparing Hussein to Hitler. Neither had taken over a rash of nations by force. The issues pertaining to the impending conflict were within their countries. It is true that both men are criminal, both initiated cruelty toward their people. But in my opinion that is an issue for International Law Enforcement. Not the sole cause of any other nation including the United States.
In short, even a limited, extremely, limited attack on Syria is without justification. It risks serious consequences, as well as expansion of the mid-east conflict.
That’s my point of view. As usual, I look forward to your insights on this issue as well as all the other matters of the day. Until then, all my best and as usual………………God Bless America!