Keeping the U.S. out of war-torn Syria
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 01:09
It seems that military intervention in Syria has slid off the table of discussion for now, and diplomacy has prevailed.
President Obama has indeed shown a wonderful display of world leadership and in the process, he has possibly shown Iran that diplomacy can resolve the tensions between Washington and Tehran.
This is actually a good sign for many of the anti-war activists who flipped their lids at the first sign of a Syrian war involving U.S. forces. It shows that the Obama administration pulled off a big bluff, and that war is not our only option in unstable regions.
The outcry against a military intervention was a beautiful thing, too.
It was one of the few issues that both the right and the left showed solidarity in opposing. Though it was quite surprising to see that President Obama has the power to turn hardline Tea Partiers and Neocons into doves for peace, it was still overall a cry for peace from a war-weary nation.
It was good to see the unity in the cause of avoiding this war. I think that this resonated with Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, who seemed to be beating the drums of war louder than anyone, especially when he insinuated that an intervention could be avoided by allowing Syrian dictator Assad to hand over his chemical weapons. It turns out that such a deal did indeed come to the table.
There were two things shown by this war being avoided. One was that Obama’s foreign policy proved itself to have a lot of diplomatic abilities on the world stage. The other was that the public outcry against the intervention proved to be effective in lamenting that outcome. This is a great sign for other issues on the world stage involving the U.S.
There was one thing about this that was disturbing though, and that was the American right wing displaying positive attitudes towards tyrants like Putin and Assad. It seemed that in their cries against war, they were sympathizing with despots on the world stage.
It actually isn’t surprising that many on the right sympathize with Putin and his suppression of free speech and repression of homosexuals. This was not only sad and disturbing, but showed that many on the right are for anything that is not Obama.
Many of them admire the authoritarian leader Putin, and came to the defense of Assad, which was disheartening to say the least, despite the fact that the right finally displayed anti-war sentiments for the first time in years.
Leftists, on the other hand, have always been against further intervention in the Middle East, and must make sure to keep these sentiments going for years to come.
It is vital for America to do whatever possible to avoid another situation like the invasion of Iraq, which was started under false pretenses.
It is important that the leftists lead this charge and that the public steers away from a possible conflict with Tehran.
Obama and Kerry have shown that diplomacy can prevail, so maybe they can keep this up for the sake of the war-weary American people. Most of us here in the states want nothing more than to avoid sending our troops to another foreign land.
We don’t want to see our family members or friends in another situation like Iraq, so that means that our government and our public both have a responsibility to avoid another imperialist quagmire of death and destruction.
For now, the drums of war are silent.
This anti-war movement must stay strong, and this movement of the people should keep its momentum and stay loud. It shouldn’t stop with this intervention, it should also demand that the U.S. cut off the flow of funds and weapons into Syria.
Among these goals in the national anti-war movement, it should also be expected of the movement to stay loud against another Middle Eastern imperialist intervention in Iran.
As the anti-war movement leads the charge of the public against this militarism, it will guide the public to stay active in its opposition.
It seems to be clear that the public does NOT want to be involved in another horrific war anywhere, especially the American working class youth who always pay the heaviest price.
In wars where the average combat deaths of American soldiers is 19-24, the American youth must stay vigilant against a government with war hawks.