Obama's Unholy War|
September 8, 2012
side with the coalition of the unwilling
President Obama is on the verge of plunging America into another war. Unlike
bombing Syria would
trigger a regional conflagration — one that potentially could lead to a global
war. World War I began in Sarajevo. World War III may start in
Hyperbole? In 1914, Europe became engulfed in a bloodbath. The spark was a
conflict in a far-off corner of the Balkans. Britain,
eventually, America — all were propelled into a larger war, resulting in the
deaths of millions. By issuing reckless ultimatums, arrogant leaders were
sleepwalking their nations into disaster.
Syria is a modern-day
powder keg. For more than two years, it has been torn apart by a vicious,
sectarian civil war. More than 100,000 Syrians have died. Nearly one-third of
the population has fled into exile.
The Islamist rebels have the backing of
al Qaeda. Foreign
jihadists have poured in to bolster the ranks of the anti-Assad
opposition. The conflict pits Shiite Alawites against Sunni Wahhabites, Muslims
against Christians, and Islamic fundamentalists versus Arab secularists. In
short, U.S. military intervention risks dragging in almost every major regional
power — including Israel
— because Mr.
Assad’s allies have a vested interest in his survival.
vowed to attack Israeli and U.S. targets in the wake of American military
action. Iran has also
threatened to rain missiles upon Tel Aviv. Moscow has vowed to increase weapon
shipments to Damascus. Bombing
Syria will light the
fuse that could set off the Mideast tinderbox.
Mr. Obama is pushing the United States toward a disastrous war for one reason:
to salvage his ego. In August 2012, he publicly drew a “red line” in
Syria over the use of
poison gas. The administration claims that
forces recently launched a chemical-weapons attack upon civilians in rebel-held
territory, killing hundreds. To redeem his ultimatum, the president is asking
authorize military force. The House and
Senate should vote
no. Mr. Obama risks becoming the 21st-century equivalent of Austro-Hungarian
Emperor Franz Josef,
whose reckless military aggression triggered calamitous consequences.
The only justification for going to war is to protect America’s vital national
regime is brutal and ruthless, but it has not attacked or threatened us. Hence,
Mr. Obama seeks to wage an illegitimate war. There is no moral or strategic
basis to bomb Syria.
The Syrian civil war is none of our business.
In fact, Mr. Obama wants the United States to do the unthinkable: side with
al Qaeda — the
very group responsible for the mass murder of 3,000 Americans and the worst
terrorist atrocity on U.S. soil. Contrary to the claims of Secretary of State
John F. Kerry, the Syrian rebels are not dominated by “moderates.” Rather, their
ranks are filled with Muslim extremists, who have committed numerous atrocities.
The al Qaeda-backed
jihadists have slaughtered priests, nuns, women and children. Churches have been
burned. Aramaic-speaking Christian communities, dating back to the time of Jesus
Christ, are routinely attacked. The rebels’ goal: to cleanse
Syria of all
Christians. A shocking video reveals an Islamic fighter, after killing a Syrian
soldier, cutting out his heart and liver and then eating the organs. Some rebels
are engaging in cannibalism. If the U.S. intervenes, we will be allying
ourselves with Islamist savages. Such a war would be a permanent stain upon
America’s honor — a national disgrace.
Mr. Obama’s argument is morally indefensible. Both the pro-Assad
forces and the rebels have committed countless war crimes. To simply bomb
regime amounts to selective indignation, an act of blatant hypocrisy.
Mr. Kerry claims that allowing
to get away with employing poison gas will embolden other dictators to use such
destructive weapons, thereby threatening global order. Hence, it is imperative
and urgent, he argues, that America intervene. This is puerile nonsense.
Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser launched chemical-weapon strikes upon Yemeni
tribesmen. Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein gassed countless Kurds — many more than
have been allegedly killed by
Yet, this did not end world civilization. In Rwanda, more than 800,000 Hutus and
Tutsis were butchered in one of the worst genocides of the late 20th century.
The weapons of choice: machetes. Sarin gas is not necessary to commit
unspeakable atrocities. The only thing required is evil men determined to do
Mr. Obama now says he never drew a red line; the world did. This is patently
false. Of the United Nations, NATO, the European Union and the Arab League, none
of them is willing to sanction or join a military attack on
president’s coalition of the unwilling consists of (maybe)
France and the
United States. That’s it. The American people are solidly against war. Mr. Obama
is finding himself increasingly alone and isolated. Bombing
Syria would transform
Mr. Obama into a rogue president and America into a rogue nation.
Congress must stop
him before it’s too late.
Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a radio host on WRKO AM-680 in Boston.