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article imageOp-Ed: President Obama will bomb Syria through the guise of WMDs

By Andrew Moran     Dec 4, 2012 in Politics
Washington - Is it 2002 all over again? One decade later, there are talks, yet again, that a country in the Middle East is holding Weapons of Mass Destruction that will be used on its people. This time, Barack Obama is president and the target is Syria.
It was reported in the summer that Saddam Hussein’s WMDs, which were the pretext for the United States, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Australia, Ukraine and other countries to invade Iraq, were transported to Syria with the help of Russia.
President Obama held a news conference Monday in which he issued a stern warning to Syria:
“Today, I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command: The world is watching,” stated the president. “The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable, and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable.”
What does this translate to? It means another war that will cost both a tremendous loss of life and money for the allied forces that attack the country led by President Bashar al-Assad and Syria itself. Whether the future invasion of Syria is troops on the ground, drone attacks akin to the president’s constant attacks on Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, an aerial assault similar to the president’s war against Libya or all of the above is yet to be seen or reported on, but it will soon transpire.
Will an attack against Syria lead to an attack against Iran? The incumbent has reiterated numerous times that all options are on the table, including military intervention. Until then, the main foreign policy objective will be to forcefully remove al-Assad and create another Western presence.
The unfortunate aspect of this is that the American people and other parts of the world will fall for the exact same excuse. This time, though, a Democrat is in charge and the president’s base will fully support his directions for military action against Syria. Remember, according to his ardent supporters, President Obama can do no wrong.
For the sake of human life and the economy, the American people, and the people of countries belonging to NATO, will stand up to their government and march the streets opposing such violent action.
This will not happen, though. When was the last time a huge march transpired in New York City or Washington protesting against the president’s attempts to extend the Iraq War and his decision to keep CIA personnel, covert special operations forces and contractors in Iraq? What about expanding the war in Afghanistan? Anyone remember the $1 billion boondoggle in Libya? Let’s not forget the drone strikes in East Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen.
Indeed, the U.S. has been one of the greatest nations on Earth due its past policies of embracing capitalism and free markets and not seeking dragons to slay around the world. However, the label of best in the world will vanish as it gets sucked into the abyss of collapsing empires.
President Obama was elected in 2008 based on peace. President George W. Bush was elected in 2000 to have a humble foreign policy. The Republican Party criticized President Bill Clinton for his various foreign ventures. President Richard Nixon was voted in to stop the war in Vietnam. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected into office to end the Korean War.
The American people want peace, not war. Too bad the current president is not the man of peace that he claimed to be.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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