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September 8, 2013

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Reasons to stay out of Syria are many

To the editor:

Here is the case for staying out of Syria:

1. Coalition building is defunct. It’s not that the issue doesn’t warrant debate as international law is clear — chemical weapons use is the highest form of state-sponsored criminality — it’s that this president has no legitimacy. Only France will follow along but only if we lead from the front. When has France been a reliable ally since World War II?

2. The delay degrades effectiveness as Syrian President Bashar Assad will integrate more forces and war-making equipment into population areas making “surgical” strikes far less capable of removing the threat of continued nerve agent use.

3. Syrian rebel forces are not peace-loving, moderate, democratically inclined people. They are just as bent on destroying Israel and Western culture as the current regime. Why intervene on replacing one enemy for another? This would not be a good precedent in American foreign affairs.

4. The British have done us some big favors: They have demonstrated to us how a government functions with swift consensual public debate and conclusion. There’s no gridlock in London when it comes to vital matters of national security. They have correctly deduced that supporting an ally with an historical penchant for acting unilaterally would be dangerous. They will not be party to the United States, once again, sugar-coating its intent with a feigned call of enlightened collaboration. America is a war-monger. Its worldwide peace-keeping mission is over. This is a marvelous opportunity for American retrospection on what its international profile should be if allies no longer fall into place on a meaningful level.

5. The United Nations is a puppet authority. Among its five permanent members — the U.S., Britain, France, China and Russia — two harbor a perpetual anti-U.S. veto threat which preserves a bias toward enemy states such as Iran and North Korea. This organization has ushered in a 1970s style “detente.” The organization has a legal responsibility to punish Assad for his crime but it has no practical way to accomplish this. Therefore, without coalition forming and international oversight, many nations are now left to their own devices to direct their own affairs. Assad places too much importance on the “historic American retreat.” The United Nations and by implication the international community has abandoned the innocents of Syria.

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