9/9/2013 1:29:00 PM Editorial
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This week is the time for anyone with an opinion on whether the U.S. should attack Syria to express that opinion to our elected officials in Washington. Sometime in the next two or three weeks, Congress is going to vote on whether to give President Obama authority to take whatever action he deems necessary to retaliate against the Syrian government for the use of chemical weapons on its own people. Now is the time for interested citizens to act by communicating their opinions to our government.
I am opposed to giving President Obama the authority he seeks because I don't believe anything good will result. On the contrary, I believe the result from any U.S. attack on Syria will be very bad for our nation.
President Obama appears to be following the play book President George Bush followed in getting us into war in Iraq.
First, Bush listened to reports from our intelligence services claiming Iraq had nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Rumsfeld even claimed to know where the weapons were hidden. The U.N. asked for time to determine whether such weapons existed because Mohamed El Baradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said no such weapons could be found.
President Obama claims more than 1,400 people were killed by the Syrian Army with sarin gas. The U.N. is asking the U.S. for time to determine what really happened. Doctors Without Borders says the U.S. casualty figure is grossly exaggerated and that the figure of 355 deaths is more accurate, and how it happened is still in question.
Second, the Bush Administration used General Colin Powell to make the international declaration that our government had absolute, incontrovertible proof that Iraq was building a nuclear arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, and that an attack on Iraq was absolutely necessary to stop further illegal action by Iraq.
The Obama Administration is using Secretary John Kerry to make the international declaration that we have absolute, incontrovertible proof that Syria killed more than 1,400 of its citizens, including more than 400 children, with sarin gas and that an attack on Syria is absolutely necessary to stop further illegal action by Syria.
Third, failing to get U.N. backing for an attack on Iraq, Bush got the half-hearted endorsement of several relatively dependent U.S. allies to endorse an attack on Iraq, despite their desire to wait for U.N. action and the opposition of most of them to actually being involved in the fighting.
Obama has persuaded a number of relatively dependent U.S. allies to endorse some kind of action against Syria, although most, if not all, believe the action should wait until the U.N. investigation is complete and should not include unilateral military action by the U.S.
Fourth, the Bush Administration claimed the U.S. action would be welcomed by the people of Iraq and that troops would be home in a few weeks. "Shock and Awe" would overwhelm all resistance with no possibility of a prolonged war.
The Obama Administration promises a quick and clean series of missile strikes that will overwhelm the Syrian inclination to use chemical weapons again and that "there will be no troops on the ground in Syria."
Fifth, the Bush Administration underestimated the opposition that the Iraqi people would have to a foreign invader killing their fellow citizens, even when done with the noble goal of bringing democracy.
The Obama Administration underestimates the opposition there will be among the people of Syria to the killing of their fellow citizens, even when it is done to prevent them from being killed with sarin gas.
It is my opinion that anyone who believes that one nation can attack another nation with impunity and no possibility of retaliation is a complete and utter fool.
It is my opinion that our government should petition the U.N. to try those responsible for the use of sarin gas in the International Court of Justice and work through the U.N. to achieve justice for those harmed in Syria.
I am sending my opinion to our representatives in Washington. I encourage all of you readers to do the same with your opinions, whether you agree with me or not.
I would like to hear from those of you who disagree with me with an explanation of your position.