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Holding the line.

April 7, 2017

The lead news story of the day is not in doubt, and of course we have the expected reaction from the two political poles.

People not being paid to have an opinion obviously have one anyway.

Some are in full agreement with the President’s actions, while others fear that all he has done is to unleash the terrorists within our borders as well as the powers without onto the United States.

If nothing else, the whole sorry mess leading up to last night’s airstrike on the Syrian airfield points out the total and abject failure of the global community to stop one of the world’s truly evil leaders from continuing his campaign of genocide.

Why did Assad drop a chemical weapon on a town filled only with ordinary men, women and children?  Because he felt like it.

We have actually become used to the statistic that the Syrian leader has murdered more than 400,000 of his own people. Mention it and the world gives a collective shrug.

What kind of world is it that can become calloused to that level of evil?

Somehow missing up to date is a discussion of how the actions of Assad have contributed to destabilizing the entire world.

If Assad had not tacitly encouraged ISIS by allowing them a safe haven in his country, we would not have spent the last two years watching that group spread its cancerous growths throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Without Assad, the number of people forced to flee their ancestral homes in the Middle East would not have turned into the refugee problem that has forced countries to accept hundreds of thousands of people who have no concept of democracy, much less the rule of law common to Western nations.

It is pretty clear that the claim that Assad didn’t have any more chemical weapons was an outright lie.

It’s also clear that the United Nations has no ability and indeed no will to deal with these types of sociopathic dictatorships.

Indeed, that august body couldn’t even manage to issue a resolution condemning Assad’s most recent  chemical warfare attack on his own people.  There is little doubt that they would be just as ineffective should such an attack occur in London, Paris, Washington D.C. or Los Angeles.

Everyone has their own take on the President’s actions.  Some are undoubtedly scared by whether Russia, Iran and Syria will employ retaliatory measures against the U.S. on its own soil, or whether this will degenerate into another global war.

Some are resigned to the fact that whether we like it or not, we are still the world’s cops.

Some will use the event to make political hay to support their own place in the so-called global community.

Some are simply glad that at least for now, no means no once again.

It is also clear the global community of which liberals speak so glowingly has let the world down.

The question now is what do we do about it?

From → op-ed

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