Ten Reasons Why America Does Not Need to Go to War Over Syria

by John W. Whitehead

For once, I would love to hear a government official reject a call to war because it is immoral; because we have greater needs here at home that require our attention and our funds; because we’re already $1 trillion poorer due to these endless, mindless wars; because America should not be policing the world; because we refuse to enrich the military industrial complex while impoverishing our nation; because endless wars will never result in peace; because we have meddled enough in foreign policy in the Middle East and cannot risk any further blowback; because we’re sick and tired of fomenting civil wars in far-flung places; because we’re not going to assist rebel fighters in overthrowing a foreign government, only to later unseat those same forces when they can’t be controlled; because using the overused fear tactic about “weapons of mass destruction” doesn’t carry much weight anymore; because the only “compelling national security interest” right now is taking back control of our run-away government; because in the words of Jean-Paul Sartre, “When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die”; because while there may be causes worth dying for, there are none worth killing for; because Gandhi was right when he asked “What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”; because all war is a crime; and because there are never any winners in war, only losers.

To see how seriously America’s leaders regard this war and those selling it, read the rest of John Whitehead’s article

One response to “Ten Reasons Why America Does Not Need to Go to War Over Syria

  1. The consequences of American intrusive entry into the Syrian conflict–that’s essentially a civil war– could be something the world powers can’t control later. So much of conflicts have been had lately in the MENA region (middle east and north Africa), with world powers taking sides in civil strifes. Syria could present a distinct or unique case though, and that’s where all regional and world powers concerned should prepare for in case they move so intrusively as to support contending sides.

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