The Arabian Nights

Will the United States attack the war-ravaged nation of Syria, raining down upon the ruins and masses of people huddled there a hailstorm of tomahawk and hellfire missiles?

Will President Obama follow in the footsteps of the Bush/Cheney Regime and intervene directly, without provocation, against an Arab nation, committing yet another horrible war crime?

The drums of war are pounding and unless the people stand up and oppose any intervention in Syria, there is a very real chance that more innocent people will die and that the civil war in Syria may become the first front in a global cataclysm.

KERRY’S LONG FACE

Days ago, Secretary of State John Kerry warned that the United States may intervene in the terrible civil war in Syria after hundreds of innocents from a town just outside of Damascus were killed by something that may — or may not have been a chemical weapon.

Kerry described the murderous incident — which may or may not have been sanctioned by the regime of President Bashar Assad — as a “moral obscenity.”

It’s hard to imagine what could be more obscene than for the U.S. military to turn its firepower on a nation already  devastated by war. Such an attack would do absolutely nothing to bring back the innocents who died in Moadamiyet al-Sham, the small town outside of the capital where hundreds of guiltless people, including small children, perished in the night.

ENDLESS WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The Cheney/Bush Regime clearly thought attacking Iraq and Afghanistan would be relatively easy, and as modern wars go, it was: It’s relatively easy for a powerful nation to unleash a military attack against a smaller and less-powerful country.

It is war that is difficult, brutal, onerous and seemingly without end.

And if anything should have been learned by the wars fought in the past fifty years, it is this: superior firepower does not ensure victory. In the long run, no invader, no matter how powerful, can defeat the people if they are united against an aggressor. This is a lesson that all superpowers — and would-be superpowers — should have learned.

If the U.S. military attacks Syria, a country that has done nothing to this nation or its people, such an act of war, no matter how “limited,” will undoubtably result in calamitious consequences for the people of Syria, the United States and the world.

One of many ironies in the current crisis is that many right-wing “Republicans” are demanding that President Obama get authorization from Congress before any military action in Syria. They point to the U.S. Constitution as the basis for their demand.

The satire is, of course, that the Republican Party, in particular the Mad Tea Party caucus, is savagely militaristic and would launch a military attack on the inner cities and poor hamlets and towns of the United States if they thought it would be to their advantage and that they could get away with it.

What’s more, past presidents, especially in the current era, have managed to attack countries without provocation, without penalty, backed by both republicans and democrats.

The irony this time is that if Obama authorizes an unprovoked attack on Syria, the republicans will likely impeach him: he will  have committed an impeachable offense, violating Article I, Section 7, of the U.S. Constitution.

Of course it was also an impeachable offense for the Republican Bush/Cheney Regime to lie to Congress about the existence of “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq in the prelude to war there, a war that devastated that nation, the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people, and thousands of American soldiers who went to fight believing they were defending the United States against terrorists.

In fact, the Bush/Cheney Regime, brought to power by illegitimate means, should have been impeached for that and other crimes. What’s more they should have been tried in a court of law for High Treason.

STAND UP AND RESIST!

Let’s make certain that the Obama Administration, one that many of us supported at the ballot box, does not go down in history for committing their own war crimes and authorizing what could well be the first strike of World War III.