Posted by: coastcontact | September 1, 2013

Opposition to the Involvement of the U.S.A. In Syria

I Oppose the Involvement of the U.S.A. In Syria.

Some event in the future could change my mind.  However, at this time there is no justification for our entry into the Syrian Civil War.  After writing this piece I read in the Los Angeles Daily News that there was a protest march in downtown Los Angeles that was objecting to the possible intervention of the USA in Syria.  For a change I am not alone.

On July 25, 2013 The number of dead in Syria‘s civil war had passed 100,000, according to a United Nations report.

200 missiles at $569,000 each is over $11 million.  Who said the military-industrial complex isn’t alive and well?  1,000 people have been killed by the use of chemical weapons but at least 40,000 civilians have been killed by conventional weapons.  If the United States is concerned about human rights why aren’t we concerned about those deaths?

So the first question is how will bombarding Syria for three days change their behavior?  No one that I have heard or read believes there will be any impact.

Is there a moral imperative that we become involved?  The United   States has taken on the mantle of “the right thing to do.”  It remains to be seen if President Obama will have the courage and the will to take steps that many American oppose.

The third question is if there is no impact of a three day missile attack what will the next move be for the United   States?

  • Will we invade? Probably not as most Americans are opposed to any involvement.
  • Will we resort to more bombardment?  Maybe.
  • Will we create no fly zones? Possibly.

Setting aside the morality issue the other question is what will Syria’s neighbors and Russia do if we involve ourselves in their civil war?  Are we prepared to face down those that would oppose our involvement?

The Assad regime has a faithful army.  The truth is that there are large numbers of Syrians who support the regime.  The opposition apparently consists of al Qaeda supported groups that are among the rebel’s most successful warriors.  If they win, enemies of the United States will be stronger and more emboldened.  So just exactly why are we taking any action to protect their insurgency?  The children?  Among the tens of thousands killed in Syria there have been many children.  We only care about those children killed by gas.  What kind of logic is this?


An aerial view shows the Zaatari refugee camp on July 18, 2013 near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, some 8 kilometers from the Jordanian-Syrian border. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

I see this civil war as an effort by Assad to drive those opposing him out of Syria.  Different reports vary but from 1 million to 2.5 million people have left the country.  There was even a televised report of Israeli hospitals treating some victims of the war.  Once opposition has been driven out the war will be over.

I do not have a solution.  No matter who wins this war, there are no benefits to the United States.  Chemical weapons are not a consequential part of this war.



  1. The bodies of three children, who were allegedly killed in a mortar shell attack that landed close to a bakery in Aleppo, on December 2, are laid out for identification by family members at a makeshift hospital at an undisclosed location of the city.

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