Against military action in Syria

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 17, 2013 

Starting another war to protect president Obama's foreign policy "credibility?" Seriously?

It would be like breaking up a barroom fight between a drunken husband and wife. Your magnanimous intent, in the end, is rewarded with both of them turning on you.

This could change an intra-civilization battle, to ultimately inter-civilization war, western versus eastern.

Expecting a tribal mentality to grasp the concept of western democracy is rather like handing the U.S. Constitution to five-year-olds fighting in a sandbox to resolve whose daddy is tougher, or more holy.

Want a preview of coming attractions? Egypt.

The idea is a playground of potential for unintended consequences, just to name few:

Precipitously destabilizing the region.

Unsecuring the stockpiles of chemical weapons.

The euphemism "limited war?" There's an old saying in boxing, everybody's got a plan, until they get hit.

I believe there is no up-side to this dangerous strategy based on a anachronistic imperialist moral imperative.

I believe without the affirmation by the United Nations, since it is not a defense against an attack of the U.S., under international law which the U.S. often (selectively) invokes, is an act of unprovoked aggression/war.

Looking at Iraq and Afghanistan as precedent, while history may not necessarily repeat itself, it sure rhymes a lot.

Michael Kominsky

Bellingham

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