The "Red-Line" Is Crossed
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While I consider myself a non-interventionalist, it is true that we all need help from time to time.
How many dead Syrians does it take?
However, it is also true, that we all need help from time to time. And I believe that Syria, and her people, are undoubtedly in a place of needing outside assistance and help at this time.
It is being reported that the al-Assad regime has once again used chemical weapons against Syrians, this time killing nearly 1,000 civilians on the outskirts of Damascus. How much further must things go before the "red-line" is crossed? How many more innocent civilians must die before the "red-line" is crossed? How much longer will we continue to merely give lip-service to the innocent Syrians who are daily being slaughtered by a brutal, evil regime, while sitting comfortably in our air-conditioned offices and homes, watching the news of the latest atrocity on our flat-screen TV's from afar?
It is one thing to be against "nation-building". It is, however, an all-together different thing to turn a blind-eye to absolutely horrendous atrocities that could be stopped.
More than one year ago, US President Barack Obama said that if the al-Assad regime used chemical weapons in the ongoing Syrian civil war that would be a "red-line" which if crossed, would result in consequences. Well, it seems obvious to ANYONE that the so-called "red-line" President Obama identified has been crossed. And this "red-line" has been crossed not only once, but numerous times. Yet nothing has been done. Or at least nothing that is practically of help.
More than 100,000 innocent Syrian civilians are now dead. Nearly two-million have been forced to flee their homeland, and take up residence in the horrendous squalor of refugee camps in neighboring countries where they are for the most part, not even wanted. And now the reports say that more than 1,000 people were killed after al-Assad regime government forces launched rockets with toxic agents into the Damascus suburbs in the Ghouta region early on the morning of Wednesday, August 21st.
My God, for crying out loud, how many more innocent people must die, before something is done?
This is not about "nation-building" at all. This is not even solely about US national interests in both Syria and the Middle East region as a whole. This is about helping innocent people who are truly in need.
Syria is turning into the next safe-haven for al-Qaeda, and al-Qaeda affiliated groups. Why? Because when you are entirely helpless and defenseless against an evil enemy, you will take help from wherever you can get it. And in Syria, that help is increasingly coming from foreign Jihadists, al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda affiliated groups. Unfortunately, that is happening due to America ' and the West in general ' continuing to sit back and merely watch the slaughter continue on our flat-screen TV's, while going back-and-forth as to what needs to be done.
What needs to be done is this: acknowledging that we all need help from time to time, and that now is the time the people of Syria need our help.
For their sake ' and for the sake of our own humanness ' let us put actions to our words and show the al-Assad regime that the "red-line" has truly been crossed. And let us do this before it is too late.
Jeff d. Patterson, Middle East Specialist: While the ashes were beginning to settle in New York City with the setting of the sun on 9/11, Jeff D. Patterson was unpacking his bags far, far away from American shores; far, far away from his family and friends; far, far away from his homeland. He was starting a new phase of life in a region of the world he would call ‘home’ for most of the next decade. Jeff was taking his first breaths of Middle Eastern air, thinking of the world becoming a better place… In contrast to most... (more...)