The Question of
, What is the right question? Syria
Allegations against the 'Assad Regime' include gassing his own people and bombing hospitals. There is no conclusive evidence in either case. Even if we were to accept every report against the 'Assad Regime' as gospel truth, the evil is paralleled by what
is doing in .
So where is the American outcry for the murder of civilians in Yemen ? Is
dropping barrel bombs on civilians any different than dropping cluster bombs on
innocents? Instead the Yemen United States
is encouraging the slaughter of innocents in Yemen
as President Obama is petitioning for yet another billion dollars in military
aid for the wealthy country of . Saudi
The message here of course is clearly one of hypocrisy. We can stand back and abhor in terror what the 'Assad Regime' is doing while at the same time applaud and assist in the atrocities of
. In fact, there is little press that
is addressed to this dirty little secret conflict. Why that is so is a very
good question. Saudi
is declaring that Assad was not elected in a fair and democratic way. While not
exactly the same, I have but to look at the actions of the DNC here at home to
see cheating. Once more the claim is not a fact but rather a smearing of Assad.
Whether we like it or not President Assad was selected by the process the
country of United States
used. He is the legitimate ruler of a sovereign country. That is a very important
The question to be asked is not 'What should we do about the atrocities of the 'Assad Regime'?' But rather 'what right does the
have to interfere in
the political integrity of a sovereign nation?' United States
Of course historically the
has aggressively violated the rule of
legitimate, democratically elected leaders. Say what? Let's put that bluntly.
has sent people to kill and destroy so that they could throw out of power
legitimate leaders. This has been done in United States Haiti,
Chile, Iran, Iraq,
Afghanistan, Libya, Colombia,
Vietnam, Dominican Republic, and others. Whether the
interference involved sending in the marines, a full blown out war, or sinister
and covert C.I.A. activity it matters little. What it amounts to is denying the
will of the people of other nations and imposing Brazil 's will upon them. Without
exception this brought about worse conditions for the masses. America
Think about that for a moment. How would any
citizen feel if after an election a group of Chinese marines landed in because they
were unhappy about the results. Or if Russian thugs assassinated the president-elect
and put in power one hand picked from Washington ?
So should we be unconcerned about what is happening in
? By no means. There are
proper channels to influence other nations. There is diplomacy and the United
Nations. But why not focus on situations that we could have a greater impact
on? Why not pressure Syria Israel
into stopping the bombing of ?
Why not stop the war on Gaza ?
And while we’re at it why not stop the illegal drone attacks all over the Arab
world? When it comes to virtue one should lead by example, not with hostile
actions over ugly accusations that have never been substantiated. Yemen
For you see we must ask the right question. "What right does any nation have interfering with the internal conduct of another nation?" Through the dogma of 'American exceptionalism' the
is practicing a policy of might makes
right. What are our goals? It has not one thing to do with humanitarian
concerns. It all has to do with securing resources for American interests. "It's
the money that matters." United
If that sounds callous, and cold, it is. Our 'war on terror' is nothing of the sort. Rather it is a gambit to steal the oil, secure minerals and control the opium trade. In the Rwandan genocide the
decided to look the other way. ( https://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/mar/31/usa.rwanda
) While Bill Clinton decided to use force in United
he chose to ignore the much more severe situation in Africa.
His turning a blind eye allowed genocide to happen. The choice of where to
commit American military force is a glowing indication of what is in our
'national interest'. By ignoring the larger scale African conflict and taking
decisive action in Europe, our interests were
clearly shown as not to be motivated by humanitarian compassion.
I am one for getting our own house in order. The
is a country in
peril. Our industry is destroying the environment. Social justice in the United States
is at an imbalance. We are waging aggressive wars. We have more people
incarcerated than any other nation. We are the number one arms dealer in the
world. We have made a mockery of our honor by flagrantly violating every treaty
signed with the indigenous peoples. Our economy is out of whack enriching the
rich, destroying the middle class and impoverishing the poor. Why can't we ask
questions on those matters? As the Bible says "remove the beam from your
own eye and you will see clearly to remove the mote from your brother's". United States
I love my country. Not the greedy bankers. Not the marauding, bullying army. Not the arrogant, narcissistic politicians. But rather the good people and the righteous ideals. I urge those who have a zeal to help the Syrian people to do so. But dropping bombs and funding radical factions who will turn their guns anywhere they see fit is not the answer. Rather let us capture a moral command and let others navigate by the light we shed in our greatness. We have but to live up to the ideals that this nation was supposedly founded upon.
What right does the
United States have to
interfere in 's
internal politics? None. Syria
About the author. John Kaniecki is an activist writer and full time caregiver to his wife Sylvia. He volunteers as a missionary in the inner city of
at the at Church of Christ Chancellor Avenue. His book Poet To The
Poor, Poems Of Hope For The Bottom One Percent, poetically explores life by
using historical figures and every day people. John is also a bipolar survivor.
His book Murmurings of A Mad Man addresses the poetically. His soon to come out
memoirs More Than The Madness reveals mental illness from the perspective of
the mentally ill. To find these books and others please visit his Amazon author
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John writes personal poems upon request.