Speaking from my privileged First World perspective, our, meaning the United States’, response to the Syrian war has always been a very conflicting and troubling issue for me.
Poor me, right, when there’s somewhere around 500,000 Syrians dead and over 10,000,000 displaced.
Poor me, indeed.
But since all pain is relative, all I can do is acknowledge/empathize with/pray for the atrocities external from me while focusing on finding some way to mitigate or at least reconcile with the conflicts and turmoil internal to me.
So far I’ve been unsuccessful…
I mean, when the Syrian Civil War started, I was right there with President Obama, supportive of his reluctance/unwillingness to get us entangled within yet another hopeless conflict in the Middle East.
I, too, was yearning to pivot our foreign policy focus toward the biggest challenge looming before us…
And, after Assad’s first chemical warfare attack against his citizens, I bemoaned Obama’s laying down the so-called Red Line.
I despise Red Lines.
I spit on Red Lines.
Red Lines are nothing more than a declaration of failure…
No one wins when Red Lines are drawn.
I consider that Red Line to be Obama’s biggest mistake.
Our policy toward Syria has been a disaster ever since.
And yet, I don’t know what we could have done differently other than either completely disengaging which would have made the humanitarian disaster and our standing within the region even worse, or invading it a la Iraq, which might have lessened the humanitarian disaster somewhat (perhaps by several hundred thousand less dead…perhaps) but would have made our standing within the region even worse.
But all that might have left us better off than where we are now…
Locked tight in a proxy war with Russia; yes a war reminiscent of our Cold War conflict with them in days past but now, in my mind, much worse.
Worse because now we have the cyber element making everything faster and fuzzier. Fuzzy warlike actions and reactions that exceed diplomacy’s ability to keep pace.
Which means it will be much easier for a cold war to turn hot.
And here we are…
With more Red Lines being drawn.
With more Red Lines being crossed.
With more innocent Syrians dying and being displaced.
With more indecision as to what our, the United States’, response to it all should be conflicting and tormenting me.
Poor me, indeed.
WARNING: This video contains graphic displays of white people behaving extremely white. In other words, this is a video of… White Extremists*.
*Although, I’m not sure how Tom Araya, the lead singer, identifies racially. He was born in Chile so… perhaps we should play it safe and label him as a White-like Extremist.
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