Why Syria Matters

As of August 31st, 2013 President Obama wants to take action in Syria.

Why?

They crossed the redline.

What’s this red line?

The use of chemical weapons.

What started this Syrian Civil War?

BBC reports:

The trouble began in 2011 in the Syrian city of Deraa.

Locals took to the streets to protest after 15 schoolchildren had been arrested – and reportedly tortured – for writing anti-government graffiti on a wall.

The protests were peaceful to begin with, calling for the kids’ release, democracy and greater freedom for people in the country.

The government responded angrily, and on 18 March, the army opened fire on protesters, killing four people.

The following day, they shot at mourners at the victims’ funerals, killing another person.

People were shocked and angry at what had happened and soon the unrest had spread to other parts of the country.

Who’s fighting?
Officially:
The Major players in the Opposition as follows
Free Syrian Army
Syrian Islamic Liberation Front (aka the Muslim Brotherhood)

But as you go in depth it doesn’t look to promising..

What’s America’s interest in Syria?
The Deccan Herald reports:

“Still, other analysts point to a positive effect of the unrest: it could deprive Iran of a reliable ally in extending its influence over Lebanon, Hezbollah and the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. That is not a small thing, they said, given that Iran is likely to benefit from the fall of Mubarak in Egypt, the upheaval in Bahrain, and the resulting chill between the United States and Saudi Arabia. “There’s much more upside than downside for the US,” said Martin S Indyk, the vice president for foreign policy at the Brookings Institution. “We have an interest in counterbalancing the advantages Iran has gained in the rest of the region. That makes it an unusual confluence of our values and interests.””

Down Side?
Russia has a been a big critic on the President, with our strained relationship with the former Communist nation where things haven’t changed that much.
Not to mention China and Iran on the side of the Syrian Government.

Then lets say Assad steps down. Who takes over? Most likely the Muslim Brotherhood. And didn’t that go swimmingly in Egypt?

What if our Congress says “No Mr. President, we aren’t risking war, we learned our lesson.”

Lets not forget the elephant in the room, our ally Israel

They’re frightened.. New reports show them passing out gas masks. And allies are slowly pulling away. Will they be left on their own?

What’s the hold back?
The British Parliament voted against taking action in Syria 272-285.

“It is clear to me the British Parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action,” Prime Minister David Cameron says.

France is ready to take action but now they are waiting for America to call the shots.

What do two Senators Say at home?

Washington Post reports

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) urged President Obama late Thursday against getting involved militarily in Syria, suggesting that it would be a “big mistake.”
“There are potential repercussions,” Paul said on Fox News Channel. “If he launches this little piddly attack with a few cruise missiles, it won’t stop chemical weapons, but it may well insight a gas attack on Israelis. I think it’s a big mistake.”

Paul said that if military action is undertaken, it should only happen after Congress signs off.
“… We are not excited to get involved in a new war right now,” he said. “And so, I would do everything I can to stop the president. We should not engage in a war, and we certainly shouldn’t engage in it in an unconstitutional fashion.”

Fox News:

“The United States Armed Forces doesn’t exist to be a policeman for the world and I certainly hope the reaction isn’t lobbing some cruise missiles in to disagree with Assad’s murderous actions,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said on Fox News.

What’s Bique got to say?

I admire the President wanting to get congresses approval but he’s got to be prepared for this to fail in the Congress. And then what?

But who are we to standby and allow this to happen to a people who wish to be free. Us too, a long ago the British were shooting and silencing those who crave freedom (Boston Massacre for you American History People)?

Many say America shouldn’t be the “Police Man of the World.”

I ask then who will stand up for Liberty? The UN can’t because of Russia and China. They don’t share our ideas and interests. And Britain has no intentions of stepping up to the plate.

We must Act Now.
The Lives of innocent people and our credibility depend on it.

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