Depressing and bleak, but helpful article…
Honestly, my first reaction after hearing about the chemical weapons attack and the prospect of a US strike in Syria was a sinking sensation in my gut. Like everyone else, I’m sick of intervention, sick of war, and want to focus more inward than outward.
At the same time, I recognize the magnitude of what has happened. You can’t make laws that forbid the use of chemical weapons and then refuse to take action when someone breaks that law. Not only does it make us look weak – and thus threaten the balance of power – but it also puts the entire world at risk. If we turn a blind eye once, we’ll turn a blind eye again, so what’s to stop someone who wants to slaughter thousands of innocents by such horrific means?
Ugh – I wish the world would stop being so crazy. And I hope that if we do strike, we can simply make our point, handicap Assad’s means, and let that be it. I’d like to keep Chuck (and our other men and women at arms) home a while.