I had to shake my head when U.S. Minority Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was asked yesterday what was different now than before in Syria? Her answer amounted to Syria crossing a line when chemicals were used to kill 1400 people. And that is when the disgust set in because I had said long ago in a post about Libya that if we were going to go to war it should be to stop the genocide of Syrians as opposed to appeasing French whims on ousting Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi.
Look I wasn't saying that Gaddafi wasn't an evil dictator but for the most part Libya had been fairly stable despite the civil war in parts of the country. His ouster, I thought, would only create a power vacuum of unknown proportions. So where is Libya today? Well the Christian Science Monitor has written that "two years after Libyans ousted Muammar Qaddafi, law and order remain elusive, stymieing rebuilding efforts."
Well one didn't need to be psychic to know that that was going to happen. But I find it somewhat ironic that this everyday guy can foresee the obvious while our elected leaders cannot. Maybe they should be viewing that recent documentary on Libya where people who were once all in favor of getting rid of the Madman are now thinking that it wasn't such a good idea after all because they were now wishing for they could just get their hands on some of the basic of basic necessities.
So I guess one must be real careful for what they wish for you know?
But when it comes to Syria and Bashar al-Assad, though, perhaps that was the one place where that wish should have been acted upon then rather than now. And the way I see it the world lost its credibility way back when Assad started butchering his people with impunity as the world stood silent. Well all except for the Arab League who had pleaded for intervention more than a year ago.
And yet the world stood at ease watching Assad continue the carnage upon his people.
But it is just now, that we earnestly speak of Syria, World Credibility and the Crossing of a Line. Really Ms Nancy Pelosi? Are you off your rocker or what? There is absolutely no difference between sending out your military to cut people down in a hail of bullets or gassing them with chemicals. The crossing of a line occurred when the head of the Syrian State decided that his peoples lives didn't matter in the least.
The reality is that Bashar al-Assad crossed that line a long time ago and it was decided that going into Libya was more important than Syria. Well the time has come and gone to do something and anything done now means nothing except........
who really crossed the line?
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