The rising tide of military members in opposition to intervention in Syria seems to be growing.
In the last few days some of our troops have shown their dissatisfaction, through social media, against possible intervention in the Syrian civil war.
They've taken to using Facebook and Twitter to post photos of themselves holding paper signs declaring their reluctance to become embroiled in another Middle Eastern conflict.
The signs being held in the pictures have written on them things like. "I didn't join the Navy to fight for al-Qaeda in a Syrian civil war." This particular photo, (click here to view) was posted on Facebook and has been shared over 16,000 times. The photo shows a sailor holding the sign in front of his face.
Obviously, this person doesn't feel comfortable having his face shown for fear of reprisals against him. Still another one of our troops have a photo that says, "I will not fight for al-Qaeda in Syria." One photo, (click here to view) is directly addressed to Obama and says, "Obama, I will not deploy to fight for your al-Qaeda rebels in Syria. Wake up people."
How many service-members have this sentiment is currently unknown. However, it's said that both enlisted and officers are among the dissenting ranks within the military. The Washington Post reported that a dozen officers, ranging from a captain to a four-star general, were interviewed. All of them expressed an "uneasy" feeling when it came to intervention in Syria.
The report says: "Former and current officers, many with the painful lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan on their minds, said the main reservations concern the potential unintended consequences of launching cruise missiles against Syria."
The strategy against Syria would appear to be a punitive one. We would use cruise missiles to destroy Assad's key military targets. How long would the bombing last is unknown. However, it's said after the initial bombing, the situation would be recessed and if necessary more strikes would take place.
Our government has assured Americans there will be "no boots on the ground" in Syria. While some in our nation are calling strikes against Syria a war, this is not true according to the Obama administration. If the decision is made to strike Syria it will be in what is called a "limited range of strikes," according to the NY Times.
According to that report it says: "President Obama is considering military action against Syria that is intended to “deter and degrade” President Bashar al-Assad’s government’s ability to launch chemical weapons, but is not aimed at ousting Mr. Assad from power or forcing him to the negotiating table, administration officials said Tuesday."
Syria has vowed to respond if the US launches cruise missiles against them. A Reuters article said: "The regime (Assad) could strike back in unexpected ways against U.S. and allied interests, or it could resort to further (chemical weapons) attacks inside Syria."
If Syria responds to the U.S. cruise missile strikes will this lead to full scale war in the Middle East? No one can say for sure, but if it does then troops might be sent to Syria. If "boots on the ground" are eventually required, will those troops who have been displaying their dissension refuse deployment? Only time will tell if this is the case.
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