I congratulate the fact the United States officially drew a clearly defined red line of what would cause us to intervene. However I think the Obama Red Line comes far too late and is far too narrow. I truly have a lot of empathy for the Obama administration he has a country our country to deal with and most in this country do not want the United States to get involved in another conflict. He is thus forced to walk a tight rope standing by his values and the United States commitment to human rights without alienating people in our own country especially people in his base. His own base, much to human rights activist on the left including myself's disappointment, is very unwilling to accept the idea of more stronger involvement up to and including military intervention.
The left has has long had a strong anti-war tradition in this country but the left used to be willing to support wars when human rights were at stake. Now it appears much of the left has increasingly moved in the old Republican position of isolationism. World War II taught us we can not afford to be isolationist and much thanks goes to FDR for getting America to wakeup to this fact. Since Vietnam however the left has because of the horrors and injustices of that war has become very skeptical of involvement in any foreign conflicts. I understand the hesitation especially after two more wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, both of which have been costly in lives and treasure and have went on for far too long. However I ask my fellow left to consider the very high cost of not getting involved in humanitarian crises such as what is happening in Syria.
Everyone is always quick to point out the cost of war in lives and treasure but is much less willing to acknowledge the cost of peace. Peace does not come free there is a cost and sometimes that cost is tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands slaughtered because we wish not to intervene. In situations such as what is happening in Syria that cost of peace is far too much for us to continue to pay it. Allowing a genocide to continue unabated is not a peaceful act it is a cruel disregard for our fellow humanity and allows mass violence and death to continue to be poured out upon the face of the world. The cost of war in terms of lives would be far less then the cost of lives by remaining peaceful in terms of not waging war.
There is no easy solution in Syria, any war over there will be very hard fought, and has regional implications both seen and unseen. However it is very apparent to me and many others following the Syrian situation closely that our Nation's and World's efforts have done absolutely nothing to stop the genocide occurring in Syria. We have not only not stopped it and not slowed it down but have only allowed it to escalate because of our unwillingness to apply more effort in stopping it from occurring. Our proverbial fence sitting has cost the lives of greater then 20,000 Syrians and this number will grow even higher and more rapidly in the future. Our nation and the world does indeed have blood on our hands though we try the Pontius Pilate washing of hands and say we have no blame in these crimes against humanity. Our incredible selfishness and disregard for our fellow humanity in Syria has allowed the Assad regime to get away with doing great evil to the Syrian people. We have a moral imperative as a member of the human race to care not only about our own welfare but the welfare of our fellow humanity as well. If we only care about our own welfare where does that leave the survival of the human race.
In closing it's time to stop fence sitting, to stop the talk and begin the walk, to stop pretending the situation in Syria will just burn itself out on its own. We must get involved militarily and must do so carefully, skillfully, and with the help of the rebels and regional players. The number of casualties has climbed so high and the threats to the region especially to our friends Turkey and Israel have grown so large that we can not afford not to get involved. We can not let the genocide continue nor can we afford the risk of chemical weapons being used in the region. Assad has enough chemical weapons he could kill hundreds of thousands of people easily within Syria and from without. Such attacks could effect Israel and Turkey for example either directly through weapon systems or through using Hezbollah to carry out chemical weapon attacks. Iran has also been teaming up Syria and this axis must have it's back broken. The world can not afford an Iran and Syria axis taking over the entire region and releasing hell and destruction. If we do not act soon we could perilously be close to having a third world war involving the Syria-Iran-Axis with Hezbollah and other such terrorist groups vs Israel-Turkey-Saudi Arabia along with other pro western regional powers. Think of the destructive potential of a war involving just those five countries Syria, Iran, Israel, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia it could quickly turn into WWIII. I believe the only way to stop the genocide and the threat of future attacks and war in the region is to get involved militarily to crush the Assad regime and weaken Iran through greater sanctions that wont effect the Iranian populations ability to get food, medicine, and other essentials along with the promise that we will destroy any nuclear weapons system should one ever be developed. I believe the time to do this is now and without hesitation, backsliding, second thoughts, excuses, or weakening of commitment and resolve.