Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Obama's War, the Divided Left, and the Syrian Apocalypse
It will be about a week before we know whether Obama will get to fire his missiles at Syria.
But what already painfully obvious is that just his threat to launch them is causing havoc in the ranks of his own supporters.
Because by now I think I've heard all of these arguments for or against.
Just from my own friends. And the one that scares me the most is this one:
You think Putin is going to risk a military confrontation with the U.S. and Europe?
I think Russia isn’t going to let Assad go down. Neither is Iran or Hezbollah. So they’ll escalate. This could be the thing that triggers an Israel-Iran war, and how do we stay out of that? My God, it feels like August, 1914.
And this isn't reassuring eh?
Thank God Obama doesn’t make foreign policy that way. He knows what he doesn’t know about Syria. He’s always thinking a few steps ahead. He’s not going to get steamrolled by John McCain and Anderson Cooper.
Because the tabloid network CNN is cheerleading for war, and Poppy McCain is back with a vengeance.
After a meeting with President Barack Obama in the West Wing along with Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator John McCain said Monday that the failure of Obama’s request for authorization to strike Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime in response to the use of chemical weapons “would be catastrophic” for the U.S.
And sounding crazier than ever...
But then even Poppy knows that just a "limited" missile strike, or a "pin prick" as he calls it, could trigger a wider war. Which is what he wants.
And the scary thing is that for once he might be right.
Assad would remain defiant in the face of an attack. It is not as if he is constrained now, but he would probably step up the violence both to exert control within his country and to demonstrate that the United States and its allies cannot intimidate him. At the same time, the regime’s Iranian patrons and Hezbollah supporters would increase their investment in the conflict, meaning more weapons and more fighters pouring into Syria — resulting in more atrocities.
And on the other side, Syrian opposition groups would welcome a steady stream of foreign fighters who care more about killing Alawites and Shiites than the fate of the country. This environment would heighten Syria’s substantial sectarian, ethnic and political divisions, pulling the country apart.
And who knows what might happen then? What demons might be unleashed. Or to what hellish place Obama's war to save his credibility, or rescue his vanity, might lead us.
You know, unlike many progressives, and despite his obvious flaws, I like Obama and I want the first black President to succeed. But those who don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it.
And if he would destroy the village in order to save it, or repeat the same mistake over and over again while expecting a different result, did he learn nothing from Vietnam, and is that not the very definition of INSANITY?
Oh well, what I do know is that it might be a REALLY good idea to have a parliamentary debate in this country. So MPs can ask Stephen Harper why he is backing Obama's War so enthusiastically or so slavishly? Instead of doing what a real Canadian government would do and urging CAUTION.
Gawd. The suspense is killing me. Will sanity prevail? Will the missile strikes change nothing, or lead to a wider war? Were we all doomed to find out from the moment Obama boxed himself in so carelessly?
And will the galloping horsemen of the apocalypse realize their mistake too late?
Like the one in this story...
You know the poet John Milton once wrote that " long is the way and hard that out of hell leads up to light."
But without debate there can be no light, and when reason surrenders to vanity. Or madness.
In the fog of war there can be only DARKNESS...
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