UN weapons inspectors have determined that chemical weapons were used in Syria, killing probably around 1400 people. It is just a matter of time before America invades that country to set things right. And why shouldn't they?
Actually, for a bunch of reasons. lest we forget the Second World War started when Germany invaded Poland.For a long time now the USA and Iran have been rattling sabres at each other. The argument is over whether Iran should be allowed to develop a nuclear capability. Strangely Pakistan and North Korea don't seem to matter on that scale.
Syria is an important case to go to war to because 1400 people (or thereabouts) were killed in a chemical weapons attack. No one is saying that chemical weapons are justified. But it is a little arrogant t invade any country in order to teach the regime a lesson. And one certainly doesn't launch cruise missiles in the name of peace.
I think here people's belief systems come to the fore. If the USA decides to invade Syria, Libya, Somalia, Indonesia...is anyone going to complain? What if they invade Sweden or Denmark or Namibia?
Then it changes quite quickly doesn't it. In other words, it;s a no brainer if the people being invaded or bombed have little relation to you. Obviously it makes an enormous difference if a world power decides to launch bombs on a neighboring country. Why is that?
Because it is easy to start a war. It's as easy as falling over your own feet. It can be very difficult to stop one; in fact it can take years, sometimes decades.Is 1400 dead worth starting a war over? Are the 3000 dead in the world trade centre worth killing hundreds of thousands of people over (as has just happened). Some people would say yes. Some soldiers will say yes until they fight in the war, and return only to have achieved a few new offices for Halliburton and Shell.
I'm not sure whether human beings will ever learn this lesson but war is never a good idea. Even when your own country is attacked, it makes more sense to simply give up power and exchange leaders, as happened during the Dutch invasion of Britain in 1688 (a war you have doubtless never heard of) or the German invasion of France (hence today Paris is still standing, France is intact and most visited country in all of Europe).
I do have a suggestion for those folks (many of them) who support going to war in the name of peace, God, justice or any other form of apparently self righteous indignation. Say to yourself that thing you like to say: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The best place of all is to apply that to a war theatre. Oddly enough, minds seem to go blank when the opportunity to exact justice on other people (not like us) is concerned. It's a funny trait. Ever wonder why it is so ridiculously easy to press the button to go to war?
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