reply to post by beezzer
I understand your position, and I only wish we lived in a world where such agnostic 'live and let live' positions result in peace.
However when the world is faced with the prospect of weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of those who cannot be trusted to use them as
a deterant only, I believe it is time to take sides. From my understanding of what happening on the ground now, western powers are now in the region
training rebels, in how to cope with chemical attacks and how to deal with chemical weapons if it comes to pass that they fall into rebel hands. On
this, the west I'm sure would rather Assad had control of these assets rather than some of the more extreme anti western rebel groups that are active
in the region.
It would be nice to live in a world when this sort of thing doesnt happen, however that my friend is hopelessly irresponsible position to take. There
are rebel groups that aligned with western societies, and there are rebel groups that are intent on building military assits to assit in a global
jihad. You can sit in your arm chair and cross your fingers and hope the good guys (whoever you think they might be) will win out in the end, but have
to be prepared for the prospect that that things will not work out the way that you hope.
When Sarin gas or BX 13 gets released in your local shopping mall or movie theatre or god forbid, your children's school, then how will you feel?
For the record, I've lived and worked in the region and dont consider my oppinion to be totally without context, I haven't posted on any thread
about Syria, which was a beautiful country full of beautifull people and taken a position for either side. I've had by run ins with Assad's cronies,
and didnt particularly enjoy the experience.I've also had friends injured in the 7/7 bpmbings in London and I have many friends in the region who are
much closer to being effected by the instability in the region than I am. I have no idea which 'side' they might be on I can only cross my fingers
and hope that those in a position to prevent them coming to harm have the courage to take a position and act to keep them safe in the event of the
threat becoming an inevitability. If, after the fact we were to find out that the CIA, or others could have acted to prevent the catastrophy but
instead stood by and did nothing, then we would most likely want their head on a pole.
If you live in a western deomocracy and have the right to be politically active, but refuse to use it, by taking a position and indicating how the
agents of your state should act, then you cannot justifiably blame them and hold them accountable when it blows up in your face.
When the powers that be, stood by and refused to take a side in the cival war in rawanda the result was the largest and most lethal genocide with over
a million men, women and children being hacked to pieces with machetes in less than a week. whats going on in Syria right now has the capacity to grow
into something even worse in my oppinion.
But hey lets all just sit back and hope it all blows over and they can settle down and resolve things peacfully. I'm not foolish enough to believe
that I live in a world where this kind of thing is likely to happen.