Written by – Susan Parsons….
Before I go into this I must add an important disclaimer: this situation is changing by the minute!
I have almost recovered from Rosh Hashana and am on a bit of a ‘high’ regarding Mr Abbott’s election.
Parts of the past week were, of course, spent with family and friends and needless to say, unlike in the ‘olden days’, politics and religion were the main topics of conversation.
Being one of the family’s ‘dark horses’ I tend to veer to the right side, but really consider myself a libertarian Zionist who is more interested in common sense than anything else.
One conversation I had with a relative concerning Syria stood out: should Syria be bombed as the Obama administration has been advocating strongly?
I am actually against bombing Syria.
Whilst I know it is not a friend of Israel, quite the contrary, there is no definitive proof that Bashar Al Assad gassed his own people. It could have been anyone. I am also not dismissing the possibility of a ‘false flag’ operation.
Many conflicts have started this way, for example the Burning of the Reichstag.
I find any decision, or even an opinion, made by Barack Obama to be questionable especially on this issue as he seems to be backing the rebels.
If he said the weather was nice down in Melbourne I would have to go outside and check to make sure. I make no apologies for my attitude towards him. It is not based on race or religion – whatever his may be.
I base my opinion on “the content of his character”.
I am finding it difficult to understand why he is so keen to get involved in another war. This man won the Nobel Peace Prize remember?
And for what exactly? Probably for not being George W. Bush!
The particular conversation I mentioned above concerned the fact that as a civilised nation we cannot let leaders of countries get away with using chemical weapons on principle.
In the case of Syria I urge caution.
The unintended consequences of such an attack would be catastrophic. It could end up a proxy war between the USA and Russia and China. Putin has intimated as much.
Would it become a Sunni/ Shi’ite proxy war? Iran versus Saudi Arabia?
Is it another ‘blood for oil’ scenario even though Syria doesn’t have vast reserves?
Does Obama want to get rid of Assad so he can install the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria? So many layers to all this.
Why would anyone wish to start this kind of war? Cui bono? The Saudis? Anyone else?
I find it rather hypocritical for the likes of Obama and especially John Kerry to condemn chemical weapons.
Kerry was around then and he should know better. The situation is quite different but isn’t the principle the same even though Kerry says it would be “unbelievable small”?
It still boils down to using chemical weapons in a war that would undoubtedly kill many more civilians. If the death of civilians, especially children, in Syria is such a tragedy – and it is – why did the USA wait so long to intervene? And if they intervene now they will kill even more.
The end result is the same. Does this make sense? Not to me. Killing is killing.
I find it incredibly interesting that most Americans are against this war, from both sides of the aisle.
Harry Reid, Leader in the US Senate says it should be done because look at what Hitler did in his gas chambers?
This is the same comment as a relative made to me. Does Godwin’s Law apply here? I think it does.
Let’s not forget that Syria is fighting a civil war – not World War 2.
If this happens, great.
If this happens then Putin saves not only the USA but possibly World War 3.