Having it both ways?

The more I think about the situation in Syria the less comfortable I feel with my conclusion that we should bomb them.  Honestly, I was never comfortable with that stance, but sometimes you just have to say what you think.  And I think it is very frustrating to see someone like Assad kill thousands of people with impunity.  I am talking about the wider war and not just the chemical attack.  But at the same time, I know that the US should not act as the world’s police.

I have never been a fan of humanitarian intervention.  It seems crazy to think that if we start bombing someone it will end up helping them instead of making the situation worse.  And yet, when I look at the world today (and over the years) it seems like there have been so many incidents when two groups were killing each other and it is just tragic that someone didn’t step in to do something.

What I am not doing is suggesting that we act simply because Barack Obama (more specifically, a Democrat) is in the White House as some might suggest.  At the same time, there are some out there that are making a fairly good case for doing nothing in Syria.

I really don’t like the idea of doing nothing in Syria.  But, at the same time, I have been opposed to intervention up until now.  To me, the use of chemical weapons is a game changer.  If I had more confidence in the International Criminal Court or something similar, then I would likely be more willing to let Assad continue until he could be prosecuted, but I just don’t see that as being a viable option.  Especially when it is likely that thousands more will die before he ever sees a court room or a jail cell (if he ever does).

There may be no good options in Syria (as Matt Yglesias points out above) but doing nothing to help the Syrian people (especially the civilians) seems like a particularly troubling one.

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One Response to “Having it both ways?”

  1. Interesting post, I can associate with some of your ideals, baring this in mind, this may be of interest to you:
    http://rileyfrost.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/what-are-the-concequences-of-military-intervention-in-syria/

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