By Doug Newman
Should the United States military intervene in Syria after the massacre of 108 people in the town of Houla last week?
Whenever you ask the government to do anything new, you also need to ask: How much do you want to pay? Just like welfare, warfare is ruinously expensive. In addition to dollars, there is also a blood component.
Somebody somewhere would have to spill their blood in any military action against Syria. And I guarantee it will not be the politicians and media hacks that foam at the mouth for it. I would ask you to name 10 politicians and media hacks that pull down seven- and eight-digit incomes agitating endlessly for endless war. That would be easy.
Now: name 10 sailors, soldiers, airmen and marines who have died in combat.
That was a little tougher, wasn’t it?
And then there is the question of how many innocent Syrians will die at the hands of the American military. Life comes before liberty. You cannot say that you are going to bring liberty to a country while at the same time killing large numbers of its citizens.
Americans arrogantly think that ours is an “exceptional nation” and thus exempt from the laws of history that apply to other nations. Hogwash! No nation has prevailed permanently in the Middle East. America will not do so either. At some point we will run out of money as well as raw meat in the form of soldiers willing to fight.
Numerous empires – many of which you may never have heard of – have controlled the area temporarily. None have permanently.
(And no, our military shouldn’t even intervene on Israel’s behalf.)
Syria just happens to be where the networks have sent their camera crews in the last month. There are also human rights abuses in – to name just a few places – China, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Mauritania, Myanmar, Cuba and North Korea. Why is there not similar pressure for U.S. military intervention there?
There is a God, and it is He, not the American president, who is the Ultimate Decider, if you will, as to how nations are to be governed. Also, no nation that aborts one million babies every year has any moral authority whatsoever to tell another nation how to conduct its affairs.
This is not to say that we should be indifferent to the suffering of others. However, invading and occupying a nation and killing its people is hardly the best way to win people over to your way of doing things.
And who is to say that such a massacre couldn’t happen in America? On April 19, 1993, agents of our government killed 80 innocent people, including many women and children, just outside Waco, Texas. And the American people looked the other way.
As my time is limited, I am going to quote my most recent article.
Since 9/11, the majority of the American people have accepted – in the name of “safety” and “security”: warrantless searches and spying, the suspension of habeas corpus, sexual assault as a condition of travel, rampant police brutality, indefinite detention without any semblance of due process, severe restrictions on peaceful protest and surveillance drones in our skies watching our every move.
Can predator drones be far behind?
When your government runs wild abroad, what makes you think it won’t run wild at home?
And if you don’t think our own government would use predator drones to kill “suspected militants” in your neighborhood, think again. There are examples that predate Waco in 1993 and even Ruby Ridge in 1992. On May 13, 1985, a police helicopter dropped a canister of explosives on the MOVE commune at 6221 Osage Avenue in Philadelphia. * Eleven people were killed and 65 houses were destroyed in the resulting fire.
This happened just six miles from Independence Hall.
The MOVE crew were a very bad bunch in numerous ways. However, when you disregard Due Process for someone else, no matter how unsavory, you lose those protections for yourself.
When the gendarmes can, with impunity, “take out” a compound near Waco, a commune in Philadelphia or, say, a mosque in Dearborn, what makes you think your neighborhood is immune? When The Powers That Be declare the guy around the corner from you to be a “suspected militant”, drop an explosive canister on your neighborhood, and torch your house and kill your family in the process, will you still be so nonchalant about your own liberty?
Or will you start connecting the dots before this happens?
If enough people don’t, there is most definitely a Houla, Syria-style massacre in America’s not-too-distant future.
* Just know that, since 9/11, the local police have become the tip of the federal spear.
Pat Buchanan is against war with Syria.
Ron Paul’s thoughts on this. For more info on Ron Paul, please click here.
Will the military be using drones to help police?
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