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Fellow Patriotic Americans…

By MoaD
Red Monthly | September 2013

To all the skeptics of US-led aggression in Syria:

First things first, as a citizen of this great nation, you must believe in your President & rest of the politicians. Stand true to your democratically elected leaders. Their job is to lead, so let them. If you are afraid of where they might lead you to, then I’m sorry to say but you may have an undiagnosed anxiety disorder. Look around and see where we are now, thanks to our leaders. Although this is also the country where unemployment rate is steadily high, banks are the most powerful entities, entire cities are going bankrupt, the homeless are spilling over from shelters to side streets & subways, over 200 children die of malnutrition every day, 14% of adult population can be safely categorized as illiterate, ghettos and crimes fueled by economic deprivation are integral to general quality of life, and where discrimination is more rampant than opportunities. The debate over student loans, prison population, and health care is for another time and day. But leaders alone cannot contribute to all this, it is us the people who drag the country down. So if the President, Secretary of State, Democratic Party leaders, opposition leaders, & 30% of congress propose that military intervention in Syria is the most important decision to be taken, then please support the cause.

The US President has indicated that, it is our moral duty to teach Assad a lesson. That, we should not be mute spectators of war crimes that Assad’s regime is committing. Just like it was our moral duty to free Iraq from Saddam Hussain, Syria should be freed from it’s allegedly unpopular leader. Iraq is free now. Iraqis are rejoicing, the country has progressed leaps and bounds under the decade-long war provisions. The reason why Prez George W Bush was recently granted immunity from war crime charges that has been, progressively, emanating from Iraq war logs.

I just love to hear my president speak in his Commander-in-Chief voice. The little GI Joe, he must have played with as a young child, just springs forth off him on the TV screen, it is so cute! I bet he shall look so much more sexier in combat gear than Prez Bush did at the time of his ‘mission accomplished speech’ to declare end of major combat operations in Iraq in May 2003. I’m sure every American who witnessed that and is alive now, remembers the glorious site till date. It’s a different matter that most of us do not understand why the official full withdrawal of troops from Iraqi soil was steeped in controversy & was not accomplished until Dec 2011. It is also none of our business to know why there are 17000 US embassy personnel, hundreds of security guards, & around 5000 ‘defense contractors’ stationed in Iraq at this time. But Prez Obama said we left behind a “sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq”. We had to trust our Prez, as he aptly summed up the sacrifices of about 162000 Iraqi lives, (about 20% included actual combatant militants, & rest were civilian casualties of war), & about 4500 US military deaths, & partial destruction of Iraq’s infrastructure that was well established for hundreds of years prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom. The forgotten war, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan is better off forgotten, because it has yet to cease.

So when the administration says there shall be no American boot on Syrian soil, you better know why. Our leaders are considerate and cautious of putting our armed forces at harm’s way.

Assad dared to allegedly gas his own people. Our intelligence reports have counted the highest number of casualties at about 1429 in the most recent attack in Damascus, more than any other organization & country’s accounted death toll from the chemical attacks. You know why, because higher the count, more accurate the assumption is. And also because, our intelligence is most reliable. Yeah the WMD in Iraq report was a small mistake, and we are yet to be told by intelligence as to what happened in Benghazi on Sep 11, 2012. So what?

At a press conference recently in Stockholm, Sweden, President Obama said: “My credibility is not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line.” I am reassured that we still have a credibility despite the mess our leaders have made out of every military mission since WWII. And I’m glad our President holds the international community responsible for his inaction. I’m reassured that our President is an unparalleled historian and a visionary, worth the Nobel Peace Prize he possesses. He also said: “America and Congress’s credibility is on the line, because we give lip-service to the notion that these international norms are important.” I guess the international norms of the international community he is referring to are what the UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon has been blabbering about. Ban Ki-moon is reminding the international community, and our President that any American intervention in Syria would be ‘illegal’ under international laws: “The use of force is lawful only when in exercise of self-defense, or when the Security Council approves such action.”

Mr. Obama said he believed the US Congress would approve intervention, but stressed that as commander-in-chief, he had the right to act in his country’s national interest regardless. So go to hell Mr. Moon or to your namesake the moon for that matter! The international community or useless international norms have not been very effective in deterring US-led military interventions in the past. So I’m praying that our Commander-in-Chief stays true to his promise, that is to always act in the interest of our country. And if you don’t see your nation’s interest in bombing Syria to punish Assad, you dimwit do not deserve to be citizens of this great nation.

I asked a homeless guy, who I often encounter on a subway station in NYC, if it is in his interest for the US to strike Syria? For some change, he indicated that, he would spill his true feelings about it. Since panhandling is illegal, I offered him an apple instead. He muttered in return “What is Syria?”. Such unpatriotic idiots belong on the street, I thought to myself! That was a sheer waste of my apple.

Now I should justly turn my attention to our new Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry. He is famously known for his anti-Vietnam war stance, despite being a Vietnam veteran. He is basically a peace loving American who has demonstrated the moral conviction of a true patriot and voiced his opinion against the war in Vietnam and has, by grace of God and hard work, become a millionaire. Yes, he lost the presidential race in 2007, however, that is no evidence of his ability to lead the nation in the right direction. Following the example of Hillary Clinton, of course, he cannot falter much! Hillary’s last feather on her Secretary of State hat was the handling of 2012 terror attack on US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. The intelligence report surfaced slowly & gradually, with every revelation making Obama administration seem either clueless or attempting a coverup. The death of four American citizens in a country, where we were starting to reign on after 40-odd years of stifling Gadaffi rule, is still a mystery.

I just love to hear my president speak in his Commander-in-Chief voice. The little GI Joe, he must have played with as a young child, just springs forth off him on the TV screen, it is so cute! I bet he shall look so much more sexier in combat gear than Prez Bush did at the time of his ‘mission accomplished speech’ to declare end of major combat operations in Iraq in May 2003. I’m sure every American who witnessed that and is alive now, remembers the glorious site till date. It’s a different matter that most of us do not understand why the official full withdrawal of troops from Iraqi soil was steeped in controversy & was not accomplished until Dec 2011. It is also none of our business to know why there are 17000 US embassy personnel, hundreds of security guards, & around 5000 ‘defense contractors’ stationed in Iraq at this time. But Prez Obama said we left behind a “sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq”. We had to trust our Prez, as he aptly summed up the sacrifices of about 162000 Iraqi lives, (about 20% included actual combatant militants, & rest were civilian casualties of war), & about 4500 US military deaths, & partial destruction of Iraq’s infrastructure that was well established for hundreds of years prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom. The forgotten war, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan is better off forgotten, because it has yet to cease.

It was the intelligence’s failure. Despite that, our leaders stood tall & strong. Hillary Clinton emerged scot-free & almost ready for her second presidential bid. Her ‘performance’ during the Benghazi congressional hearings were greatly praised by our leaders and media. Benghazi issue is safely under the rug. And Libya stands a free country. The civil wars are just growing pains of nascent US style democracy.

Kerry’s Botox laced expressionless face evoked so much emotion in me, that even the little skeptic in me is all for striking the shit out of Assad.
On August 26th, as reported by Huffington Post, Kerry said, “The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. By any standard, it is inexcusable and – despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured – it is undeniable…What is before us today is real and it is compelling. Our understanding of what has already happened in Syria is grounded in facts.”

Therefore, his advice is to strike Syria & teach Assad a lesson. He cannot be allowed to unilaterally kill his own people indiscriminately, when the US has recent experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan of such acts and can achieve more precise annihilation of targeted Syrians. Of course we shall target the Assad military bases & those who are not supporting the rebels. Again civilian casualties would be the price the Syrians should be ready to pay for their freedom. A freedom that we alone know how to define. Targeted strikes are our President’s signature. Like the drone strikes that we are gradually perfecting. Reportedly mis-strikes have killed a few hundreds over the years, mostly civilians including women and children, but they were Arabs or muslims who chose to live in war torn militant occupied regions in the Middle East.

Our decision to strike Syria is based on intelligence reports & facts. How much more can Kerry stress on that? The UN has yet to confirm either the death toll from chemical or, whether Assad sanctioned those attacks. But we have our reports, figures, and facts already. We have no one but our intelligence to trust on such matters, the UN is slow & useless. The Obama administration has gone so far as to indicate that because of the delay in investigations UN’s data would be heavily compromised anyways.

We have to support the Syrian rebels now, openly & with moral conviction. Saudi Arabia was exposed to have armed the rebels, and Saudi Arabia buys most of it’s ammunition from the US. For over two years our government has had to act covertly to arm the rebels. We apparently do not need to know who these rebels are or what is their vision for Syria post-Assad. Some reports indicate these rebels are fundamental Islamists like Al Queda, and they are torturing and killing Assad loyalists. But for some reason our leaders dislike Assad more than the muslim fundamentalists now. So all we need to do is, believe. Believe in our government, that we have voted to power to work in our interest. Assad no longer serves ‘our interest’ in Middle East. Assad’s fall could help us to militarily ‘poke’ Iran soon.

Russia & China, our old cold war enemies have not changed their ways much. They don’t know how to bow or submit to the most powerful nation on earth. But after almost 100,000 estimated deaths in Syrian civil war and over a million refugee, we apparently cannot just sit back now. There has to be a logical outcome to our relentless intervention in sovereign nations, and this time it’s Syria’s turn to deliver. Our domestic issues are our internal affairs, we should not mix those unresolvable issues with our moral callings of military interventions in foreign lands. And as long as we trust in God, there is no room for skepticism. So Syria, here come the bombs, most probably Made in The USA.

 

MoaD is an American citizen but does not believe in American exceptionalism. She is a political analyst for Red Monthly.

(Pic: Reuters / Olivia Harris)

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