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What to do in Syria? Maybe nothing . . . . . .
I'm humanitarian and sensitive to the extent that I shed tears just to a portrayal (such as movie) of suffering. To the actual agony and anguish of realities I've wept.
But I'm almost at a point of seeing "laissez-faire" as the only solution to sectarian strife, cruelty, carnage. Let them inflict the cleansing and even genocide which deletes the deleterious by deaths of demonized demographic. Or there may come to be such mutual maceration that both sides say, "Stop!! What the fuck are we doing??"
When massive military establishments and materiel were marching into and overtaking parts of the world, there was an enemy to conquer. Perhaps prior to their militaristic might mobilized we should not have provided them with extensive materials and technology and other means (such as Germany and Japan). Ah, but so much money was being made by the free world free to finance-fence the emerging fascists. But when those fascists threatened even the US something had to be done and could be.
But with insurrections and terrorists and sectarian combatants there's no armament-amassment, weapon and human. And the ally of a moment becomes the enemy of a later allegiance (and profitability to the former friend by profits from weapons we supplied now provided to the enemy (new friend) of our new enemy) -- our former friend. Such as Alqaeda,.
North Korea start a military action? Saturation bombing might quickly quell an already starving country.
But Syria? What army? What Military Industrial Complex? What strategic targets? With their supplies from and alliances with Russia and Arabia and Iran and all, some installation taken out is but a "temporary locational collateral damage" quickly replaced by establishment otherwise, elsewhere within the country.
Supply the insurgents and if they prevail do they morph into an antagonistic regime far worse than that of Assad whose ethos (if not ethic) is somewhat represented by suit and tie rather than turban and robes and hard core Islamic anti-Western hatred.
Should we look at Egypt as a case-study?
Iraq, as far back as the overthrow of Mossadegh so we could de-nationalize BP and renew exploitation of Iranian oil and its personnel the while the reinstated rule of the Shah? That had the rather unfortunate, delayed, reaction-result of the Revolution, hostages, and ongoing chaos unto centrifuges now.
Economic sanctions seem to hurt the populace, not their exploitative ruling class. Why would we expect that those in elevated socio-economic positions should give up their entitled ostentation just because of hunger of a populace whose societal structures have been decimated, if not actually, financially? The criterion of fairness and responsibility and result should be the disparate division of America's wealth for the wealthy without opportunity (job) for the unemployed masses. Why should we expect more “humanitarian sharing” by sheiks, dictators, despots when we allow such disparate non-distribution wealth to be accrued by our multi-millionaires and billionaires?
And regarding our interference in Syria from another perspective . . . . .
What would have been accomplished had another nation stepped in to our Civil War, imposing "surgical strikes" on one side and/or the other? Adding fuel to fire is not a retardation of the ruin of conflagration.
What would we do now if some insurgent Islamic confluence began terrorist attacks in, say, New York City. .If it got “they” got nasty enough our retaliation would overcome aversion to the “collateral damage inflicted upon ‘our’ whose proximity meant “wrong time in wrong place”.
So maybe we need to revise our humanitarian impulses. Especially in that they're so much post-facto. The chem-weap atrocity has already taken place, whichever side the perpetrator. And it seems there's some uncertainty that it might have been an insurgent atrocity, killing so many Syrian civilians, as well as focusing frenzy-furor on the Assad regime.
A final ponder for which I have inadequate information. Of the victims, what were the places of residence, political and religious affiliation, occupation, even socio-economic levels based on possessions of stuff unto accounts? There’s precedent for Assad-atrocity to quell insurgent uprising. The present ruler’s father put down serious disturbance in the city of Hama, indiscriminately slaughtering some thousands of its residents (which included Muslims and Coptic Christians too, I believe). In one of his books, Tom Friedman relates that after the massacre the scene was strewn with bodies including an elder woman literally machine-gunned in half at the waist.
Over there they don’t mince making mince-meat out of malefactors and even innocents who are deemed “fair-fatlities” simply by -proximity.
There’s precedent here for there . . . . . . .what was done to the American Indians.