Why the U.S. Should Intervene in Syria

Forgive me, representative Ron Paul, but I beg to differ. In an interview with CNN’s John King, the honorable Mr. Paul said the situation in Syria is “none of our business.” Now, in all fairness to Mr. Paul, his larger point is that the U.S. should not “automatically” get involved when there is a conflict overseas. It would have to be in America’s interest. No one would disagree with that. But this raises the question, “When is it in America’s interest to intervene in a conflict?” Apparently, for Mr. Paul, only on a rare occasion. It costs money, he says. It causes deaths, he predicts. There are too many worse conflicts around the world, etc., etc.

I beg to differ. Money should not be an obstacle when so many innocent lives are being slaughtered by a ruthless dictator.  As far as deaths, almost 8,000 people have already died and just today Syrian vowed to cleanse the “rebel-held” parts of the city of Homs. Should we just sit idly by and watch the fuzzy videos on T.V. showing us the horrors that are happening in Syria now.

Now, some people point to Egypt and say that there is a chance that a dictator was replaced by a group of radical Islamicists who will create even more hardships to people living in that country. I say it is too early to tell. Unfortunately, foreign diplomacy has boosted ruthless dictators for years. Shouldn’t we at least give the people a chance?

So I think we should try to intervene in Syria because 1) Unless we do something, innocent people, including little children, will continue to die mercilessly; 2) The U. S. should never concede one inch of its historic stance against injustice around the world; 3) It might be the only way to leverage influence in the future because sooner or later the voices from the streets will be heard and dictators will be gone. We gotta be able to demonstrate that we are on the side of the people and not on the side of ruthless dictators; 4) This country has been blessed with more than abundant resources and we use a fair share of non-renewable resources available in the world. We have an obligation to be responsible but to share generously.

And we must pray that this horrible man might simply go away. No, this is not a Pat Robertson like statement — “Let’s kill Fidel Castro.” That was stupid to say. But maybe we can make life for him so bad that he wished he were dead!

Ivanildo C. Trindade