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SYRIA is a QUAGMIRE that is NONE of OUR BUSINESS – STAY OUT!

Once again we are considering terrible reaction to what amounts to civil war in Syria.  I am sure there are atrocities on both sides.  Every bit of humanity cries out for intervention.  My humanity, too!  But it’s dangerous and as Ron Paul said last evening in the CNN debate (his best effort so far – answer to prayer!) we will not be able to afford it.

First, here’s a fairly radical Canadian view on intervention:

The daily massacre of civilians in Syria continues. Seventy nations meet Friday in Tunis for the first “Friends of Syria” gathering, (as first reported here Feb. 12). Their issue: Why is there no international military intervention, as there was in Serbia in 1999 and, more pertinently, Libya last year?

Of course I contend the attack on Serbia was unnecessary.  We attacked a nation that did nothing to us.  And Libya was a war fought by NATO (read US) without the people’s will being considered.  But intervention is being considered; here’s what Senators McCain and Graham said about arming the Syrian rebels:

“Breaking Syria apart from Iran could be as important to containing a nuclear Iran as sanctions,” Graham said at a press conference in Kabul, according to the New York Times.“If the Syrian regime is replaced with another form of government that doesn’t tie its future to the Iranians, the world is a better place.”  *  *  *  ” believe there are ways to get weapons to the opposition without direct United States involvement,” McCain said. “The Iranians and the Russians are providing Bashar Assad with weapons. People that are being massacred deserve to have the ability to defend themselves.”  “So I am not only not opposed, but I am in favor of weapons being obtained by the opposition,” McCain added.

This is pure geopolitical military strategy and in effect war against Iran.  But who might get the weapons?  Al-Qaeda!

A U.S. official in Washington, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said it would not be surprising if Iraqi al Qaeda fighters are aiding Syrian rebels, but would not discuss or confirm specific intelligence. However, the official noted that al Qaeda in Iraq long has had an operational network in Syria.

And this blog post in CNN suggests that Syria has chemical and biological weapons sufficient that it would take up to 75,000 troops to defend and protect!

The U.S. military has calculated it could take more than 75,000 ground troops to secure Syria’s chemical warfare facilities if they were at risk of being looted or left unguarded, CNN has learned.  *  *  *  The conclusion comes from a military analysis of options for Syria that the Department of Defense is preparing for president should he request it, according to a senior U.S. official.

There’s more!  We’ll be in Syria for years – another Iraq!  75,000 troops will have to fight both sides to pacify the nation.  It will cost trillions we do not have; liberty and sovereignty will be the victims.  Right after the Christians.  And I blogged last week about how all this intervention has hurt the Christian church throughout the region.  Christians are associated, rightly or wrongly, with the USA and we have to be careful.

Military action in Syria is not easy!

Securing Syria’s chemical sites would be “extraordinarily difficult” given the scope of the problem, a Department of Defense official told CNN.Both officials would only speak on the condition their names not be used because they were talking about military planning.  The U.S. military believes there are 50 chemical weapon and production sites spread across the country with additional storage sites and research centers as well. The cities of Hama, Homs and al Safira, and the port city of Latakia are all believed to house production facilities.

It is bad enough the chemical and biological weapons (which this very article reports Syria has not even hinted to intend to use) are there.  But what if the Syrian government can no longer defend them? Let’s mind our own business and hope we do not have to preserve chemical and biological weapons in Syria.

And people think Ron Paul is nuts for not wanting to intervene in every nation?

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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