President Obama showed the Syrian dictator, Assad, a Red Line. The message was clear. If chemical weapons were utilized against the Syrian people, The
United States would intervene. At the very least, a no fly zone would be established over Syria. Assad proceeded to ignore the warning and went ahead
and used the deadly weapons against his own people anyway!
We all found out soon afterward that Obama never had any intention of enforcing that Red Line against Assad. Instead, a very
different message was delivered i.e. our President's Red Line was without teeth and was nothing more than an empty idle threat.
A "LINE" like Obama's tells all of America's adversaries around the world that the President's word means nothing, and worse
still, that the U.S. can no longer be trusted as a strong and reliable ally! This kind of "LINE" only worsened an already dangerous situation. At
best, it made no difference at all. What kind of a "LINE" is that??
But there are other kinds of LINES that can and do make a difference. History provides us with such a line and our
President would do well to make note of it.
Way back in 1836, Texas was struggling to win its independence from a Mexico ruled by a ruthless dictator, Antonio Lopez
Santa Anna, a man with no respect for human life much like Assad of Syria today. Santa Anna didn't even respect his own troops, often referring to
them as so many chickens.
Less than 200 Texan freedom fighters including Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and William Barret Travis were trying to buy
time for Sam Houston to organize an army large enough to defeat Santa Anna. These brave souls were trapped inside the Alamo, a fort surrounded by
thousands of Santa Anna's soldiers.
Col. Travis drew a "LINE" in the sand and addressed his tiny garrison at the end of the day on March 5th, 1836. He told
the men that although they would all be killed if they remained in the fort, it was possible that they could inflict so much damage on the Mexican
army that it would give Sam Houston time enough to raise an army sufficient to win the war for Texas Independence. He also told his men that their
fight would inspire the rest of Texas to rally to Houston's side and join the Texan troops.
Every man in the Alamo crossed over that "LINE" to join their brave commander, and just six weeks later, General Sam
Houston defeated Santa Anna's army in 18 minutes screaming "Remember the Alamo." This "LINE" will never be erased from the place in the Alamo where
it was placed so long ago. The result was the establishment of the independent Republic of Texas which eventually became a great part of our
A line in the sand, whether at the Alamo years ago, or over Syria in modern times, has meaning only if enforced! It
can inspire or it can be meaningless, or worse, depending on the person who draws it.
Are you listening, President Obama?
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