During the Arab Spring of 2011, many conservative voices warned that U.S. intervention in Egypt would eventually result in disaster. Those voices were correct. Now, with the U.S. apparently on the brink of attacking Syria, yet another disaster lurks in the aftermath.
An attack on Syria would be a major mistake for the United States.
In order to understand the reason why such a move would be a calamity, one must first consider the current political and social makeup of the Middle East. The only nation in the entire region that espouses the philosophy of human liberty is Israel. The rest are Muslim nations that have essentially only one of two choices. Either be ruled by a moderate Muslim dictator who is committed to some semblance of stability in the region, or be ruled by extremist Jihadis who have traceable connections to major terrorist organizations. There is no human freedom, no rights, no liberties. "Democracy" as we understand it in the West is impossible in the region due to the mindset that mandates submission to Sharia Law under the terms of the Koran.
This is precisely what happened in Egypt. No sooner had Hosni Mubarak been deposed than the outlawed terrorist group The Muslim Brotherhood was back in the country operating freely and placing one its lackeys in charge. Naturally he received a "majority vote." The choices of the people who live in Muslim countries are highly restricted.
Thus, we are now witnessing the disintegration of Egypt as increasing numbers of citizens have seen the folly of electing a leader that is connected with extremist Islamic terrorists.
The very same scenario is waiting to happen in Syria if the United States intervenes. Military action is only the tip of the iceberg. The Obama administration began laying the groundwork for such upheaval as soon as they took office, under the direction of Obama's chief Middle East strategist, who at the time was Samantha Power, wife of Cass Sunstein and the current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Syria, however, is perhaps a more serious and catastrophic place to be deposing a dictator. Al Qaeda is strong in the country, and many of the atrocities Americans see on television each night are actually perpetrated by these terrorist thugs rather than the regime of Assad. But the mainstream media does not report that fact.
The bottom line? If the United States intervenes and Assad is deposed, the group waiting in the wings to take control of the country is al Qaeda. At least in Egypt it was the Muslim Brotherhood that took control and not al Qaeda. Although the Brotherhood is, indeed, a dangerous terrorist group, it is not known to go to quite the same extremes as al Qaeda. Syria, thus, will be much worse.
Further, Iran has threatened an all out nuclear strike on Israel if the United States attacks Syria. Are we prepared to go to all out war on Iran, as well as Syria, which will then be under the control of al Qaeda?
Even more ominous is the fact that Israel, and rightly so, will unleash the full force of its nuclear arsenal against Iran if it is attacked, and there are nations who have made it clear that any such action on the part of Israel to defend itself will be considered an act of war that will lead to military intervention on their part.
What we are talking about here, plainly, is World War III. This is what Obama risks if he intervenes in Syria.
True, the atrocities committed against citizens, including children, in Syria are horrific and inexcusable. But Assad is not the only one doing it. Those who will seize power once he is gone are also doing it. So, whose side do we fight on? Further, oppressive governments all over the world, from North Korea to Cuba, from Communist China to the impoverished nations of Africa, are well known for their atrocities against their own citizens. Are we going to war with them too? Why not? The answer is clear. We don't go to war with them because we can't and because it is not the duty of the United States to meddle in the internal affairs of other countries unless those countries are a direct threat to us.
Syria has been no direct threat to the United States. The Constitution is clear about what is to be done. If we are directly threatened by Syria, we go to war. If not, then we leave them alone, regardless, unless one of our allies with whom we have signed a binding mutual defense treaty is threatened.
America has been in enough foreign wars over the past 12 years. Most citizens are war-weary. It is time for a long break. No more wars.
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