Saturday, February 25, 2012

World -- Stand by...

Syria's government is killing its own citizens. That's about the time when the government becomes illegitimate, at least according to the US Declaration of Independence: "...burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people." The rest of the world watches as relatively small towns in Syria are decimated by Bashar Al-Assad. Even so, thousands thousands are killed and thousands of families are destroyed.

In a brilliant video from France 24 Chris Dickey calmly and eloquently explains that the western countries, including and especially the US, will not intervene.

So a thought came to me--what if Israel, with all of its power and expert intelligence, took it upon itself as a humanitarian effort to relieve the people of Syria of the constant bombing and killing, and got rid of Assad on its own?  The Arabs don't even like this guy anymore, for better or for worse...

I can hear the arguments against me of how ignorant, naive, stupid, and isolated (after all here in California people are either high, oblivious, or so wrapped up in the Oscars they haven't got a clue about politics, the middle east, or anything else for that matter).

But if the US is expected to take up the gauntlet against inhumane rights and atrocities in the world, why shouldn't Israel also take a stand?  I'm sure the world community would condemn and even react against Israel trying to get rid of the Assad regime in Syria, in order to save the lives of innocent civilians. But there is talk about israel attacking Iran because of the development of nuclear weapons--and that would be just as bad a move or worse than attacking Syria. 

At least there could be a perceived positive motive in removing the government of Syria, while a pre-emptive strike against Iran would have very little to recommend it, especially in the eyes of CNN and the networks. Either way, the people of the US aren't going to care much since they mostly don't pay attention to international events or politics--most haven't even noticed the price of gas went up 25 cents over the weekend!

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