Should the US Intervene in Syria?

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After two years of fighting, tens of thousands dead, and loads of foot-dragging in Washington, the time has finally come.

Bashar al-Assad has crossed President Obama’s red line. It has been verified he has used chemical weapons, so the time has come to aid the Syrian “rebels.” From here on, we shall supply the rebels with small arms…against the professional troops and armor of Syria and Iran and Russia.

Glad to know the administration is taking a rebellion it ostensibly supports so seriously. Just like the pro-democracy Green Movement in Iran.

Before I go on, I feel the need to bring up an event that I was not alive for. I seem to recall hearing back in the 1980s that the United States funded and armed Islamic insurgents in Afghanistan, allowing them to resist the occupation of the Soviet Union. Of course, the victory of the Mujahadeen paved the way for the eventual rise of the Taliban in that country.

It is an argument frequently used by the left to argue against interventionism, the base assumption that we cause more harm than good when we do so.

Ironically, it is many on the left proposing to do that very same thing in Syria.

Of course, the lines in this Syrian rebellion are a tad blurred.

On the one side, we have thorn to the West and Israel, President Bashar al-Assad. A dictator following in the footsteps of his father, Assad is also the primary surrogate of Iran, giving the larger eastern nation a Mediterranean port and a way to supply Hezbollah in Lebanon. Syria is also a proxy for a less-than-friendly Russia, as well, though that is more of an open secret.

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