‘Boots on the ground’ or not, U.S. has nothing to gain
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 16:09
I’m sure we’ve all been hearing a lot about Syria. What is happening there? Where is Syria? Why does the U.S. care so much about this country?
First, Syria is a nation in the Middle East, south of Turkey. Over the past two years, there has been a violent uprising against the leadership of President Bushar al-Assad (who is more like a dictator than a president) and it has turned into what some are calling the nation’s civil war.
What happened in Syria according to CBC, MSNBC and CNN is that the Syrian government gassed several hundred of its own civilians about three weeks ago on Aug. 21.
President Obama addressed the nation 10 days later, stating that there needs to be “military action” against Assad and the Syrian army to prove that the world isn’t “standing by” as the Syrian government commits horrible atrocities against their own people.
Obama said that there will be no “boots on the ground,” which means there will be no physical soldiers invading Syria. This raises the question of how exactly the United States will go about a military attack on the Syrian government.
Obama also said that he will hand some of the decision-making power over to Congress, which will return from recess today to debate on this topic.
This is not an easy situation. I feel that “boots on the ground” or not, there should be no military involvement in Syria.
We have just gotten out of Iraq and we are in the slow process of pulling out from Afghanistan, not to mention that we have poured an astronomical amount of money into both of these wars. That, coupled with our terrible debt, is why we should not throw ourselves into another nation’s civil war.
Plus, if the Syrian government is willing to gas several hundred of their own citizens, why would they have a problem using such horrible weapons in retaliation?
But this also raises another question: Should we let Assad and the Syrian government get away with these atrocious acts?
If Syria can gas their own people and the U.N. and the U.S. just stand by, wouldn’t other nations be inspired by our passivity and timidness to commit similar atrocities? I cannot answer.
But what I can say to all who are reading this is: The president has given the decision-making powers not only to Congress, but to us.
Please call up your local congressman, whether your hometown is here in Johnson City, in Rhode Island, Oregon, Texas or Minnesota, and urge them to not get involved militarily in another nation’s civil war.
This is a troublesome and wary road that this nation should not go down.
Please get involved in your democracy. Even if it’s just a message on the answering machine, let them know that you will not vote for them unless they vote against the military action planned against Syria.