It was not in America’s national interest to bomb Libya and the only justification we’ve heard for it is that there are civilians in danger.
So, that begs an obvious question: Are we going to bomb Syria now?
Violence erupted around Syria on Friday as troops opened fire on protesters in several cities and pro- and anti-government crowds clashed on the tense streets of the capital in the most widespread unrest in years, witnesses said.
Soldiers shot at demonstrators in the restive southern city of Daraa after crowds set fire to a bronze statue of the country’s late president, Hafez Assad, a resident told The Associated Press. Heavy gunfire could be heard in the city center and witnesses reported several casualties, the resident said on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
An activist told the AP that witnesses had reported one demonstrator shot dead by security forces in the coastal city of Latakia, and another slain in the central city of Homs. He said several people had been hospitalized in Latakia.
In the capital, Damascus, people shouting in support of the Daraa protesters clashed with regime supporters outside the historic Umayyad mosque, hitting each other with leather belts.
The violence erupted after tens of thousands of Syrians took to the streets across the country, shouting calls for greater freedoms in support of a more than week-long uprising in Daraa, according to witnesses, activists and footage posted online.
What? You didn’t know that there are dictators who order their own people killed on a pretty regular basis in the world? Oh wait, you did know that. Sorry, sorry, I was thinking of OUR PRESIDENT, who’s apparently completely unaware of that fact!
Now personally, I hope that Assad ends up like Benito Mussolini, hanging from piano wire in the public square. I wished the same for Gadaffi. What comes after them may not be any better, but they’re both monsters, they deserve to eat the wrong end of a bullet, and their people at least deserve a CHANCE at democracy. I’d even be willing to see the United States funnel money, weapons, and training into these countries to make it happen. At a minimum, our moral support would at least be appreciated.
However, you don’t send YOUR troops to fight and potentially die in that situation. It’s their fight — let them fight it with your support, not with your military.